Swaying to the beats at a music festival or hitting the field for a training session, it’s easy to grab a bottle of cold water to see you through. And it’s just as easy to forget the real cost to the environment. Apart from the plastic bottle waste that is produced, there’s the cost of manufacturing the bottles and transporting them to a venue.
We are all guilty of these small transgressions from time to time, but Stage and Screen is working to help change the way we go about our daily lives - whether we are travelling or just going about our work – through the Flight Centre Travel Group’s (FCTG) Brighter Futures CSR initiative.
As a company, and when we travel as individuals, we aim to lead the way by living the recommendations set out in our Responsible Travel Charter, Worldwise. It’s about taking a positive stance and with so many of our clients hosting and attending big festivals, sporting events and conferences the FCTG Guide to Responsible Events is the place to start.
Whether you’re a delegate or an event planner, Stage and Screen urges clients to reduce their environmental impact through sustainable and environmentally aware choices. From travel arrangements to meals, activities and conference giveaways, small changes can help create a brighter future.
Travel arrangements – use e-documents and e-itineraries to minimise paper use and printing, choose hotels with good environmental practices and support local transport operators (with energy efficient vehicles where possible) and maximise the number of people per transfer.
Event considerations – only print essential materials, choose bamboo and paper products over plastic, place recycling bins at venues, have a hydration station available for patrons to refill bottles, use jugs of water and glasses instead of bottled water, source items locally when possible to inject money into the community and only include sustainable items in a fabric gift bag – such as reusable coffee cup, metal/bamboo straw and an ethically produced t-shirt with a life beyond the conference.
Meals – to reduce food miles base menus around locally sourced ingredients, source a local coffee supplier, support social enterprise restaurants/coffee shops, include vegetarian meal options which have a smaller carbon footprint than meat and avoid single use items and plastics.
Activities that do no harm – choose activities which only have a positive impact on communities, the environment and wildlife. Ensure volunteering is through reputable organisations. Ask yourself ‘who I do this at home?’ to help judge if the activity is appropriate. Would you take pictures of children in an orphanage or school? Or touch a wild animal? All activities should respect local cultures, customs, religions and dress codes.
You got this!
You may not be able to control how an event is run, but you can still be a greenie! Be a responsible traveller by making a personal commitment to:
- Conserve - take short showers, reuse hotel towels, switch off lights and air-conditioning when out.
- Reduce – take a reusable bag, refuse plastics, take your own reusable cup, cutlery and straw.
- Go Local – support locally owned businesses/restaurants, shop at markets, support local craftsman and seek out local guides and tour companies.
- Respect wildlife – don’t feed or touch wildlife, avoid wildlife performances and riding wild animals. Generally speaking, any activity which an animal would not naturally do in the wild, is the result of exploitation.
- Be respectful – take an interest in local cultures, learn about their customs, dress and behave in a manner appropriate to where you are.
Learn more about Stage and Screen’s Brighter Futures program here