By 2050, it is expected that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. It's statistics like these that spur innovators on to create products that not only make a positive impact on the environment but still allows consumers access to things they love, such as coffee. The humble coffee bean has come under tremendous scrutiny by the global community in terms of the free trade movement, but that is not the only thing plaguing coffee as waste also happens to be a hot topic for this go-to beverage. Discover how a few clever designs allow coffee, and other event favorites, to be less burdensome on Mother Nature.
Coffee Is A Must-Have Item
No festival or event is complete without a good cup of coffee, especially when the temperatures start to plummet. Stirrers and food containers are not the only items that end up on the rubbish heap, as disposable cups tend to be a nightmare item on the cleaning list as well. Organisers are encouraged to sell reusable cups or mugs and a great way to do this is by making it a novelty item. Merchants who wish to make a difference in the environment should also consider making use of as many reusable items as possible, including reusable capsules and filters for their coffee machines.
Leave It As You Found It
The boy scout motto “leave it better than you found it” is an important principle to apply at events. This is true for single or multiple day events, as it leaves a lasting impression on the environment. Not only does the area look untidy, but some items can also be hazardous to those who need to do the cleanup or those who use the premises after the event. Even innocent items such as bones and food waste can pose a risk if the following event includes animals. Keeping the area clean is not only polite but also places less strain on the ecosystem. Everything from discarded plastic to fabric can have an effect on the plant and wildlife within the area, or end up in a landfill.
Sustainable Heating Can Be Done
Little piles of charcoal or wood campfires are no longer the only things keeping festival and event-goers warm when the temperature plummets. It’s no secret that ordinary firewood can be a drain on the environment as it takes years for trees to grow to the height required for a good load of firewood. Instead, sustainable fire fuels such as recycled sawdust bricks are a hit. These nifty creations give off more heat and place significantly less strain on the environment. Biofuels are another option especially for those worried about breathing in the fine particles. Outdoor biofuel heaters are not only sustainable but also highly portable for those who wish to use their heater again after the event.
With just a small amount of effort and some research, events no longer have to be the breeding ground for unwanted garbage. Instead, it can be the ideal showcase for an environmentally-friendly get-together that sets the bar on sustainable events.