The movement toward more sustainable consumption practices and lifestyles has been gaining momentum in recent years. Widespread adoption of and education around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has fuelled conversations about individual impact—how simple personal choices can help or hinder the achievement of sustainability targets.

As we become more attuned to the impact of our day-to-day activities, there is one area that can benefit from closer attention—how we coordinate and host events. Whether they are elaborate affairs such as conferences or weddings, or simple house parties, dinners or community sports days, events can leave a significant footprint through their logistics, inputs and outputs. Research focusing on business events, in particular, suggests that the global events industry contributes as much as 10% of annual carbon emissions.

Even if we party or convene on a small scale, by deconstructing our events and making some simple and innovative decisions, we can deliver maximum impact for our guests, with minimal impact on our planet.

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