Going Green in an Industry of Silver Solutions: Tips of the Trade
When you think about going green or recycling, are you thinking to yourself: "The earth is cool, but what difference am I really making?"
You are not alone. Every week I'm faced with the decision to recycle my cans, glass bottles and cardboard boxes, or to just throw them in the trash. Recently, I integrated a separate bag for my recyclable items, and started to take them to my parents house to be recycled. I did this because my apartment complex doesn't have a recycling service, which is surprising because Boulder is just a hop, skip and a jump north from where I live. What's so special about Boulder being so near? In Boulder they charge for grocery bags, and have compost and recycling everywhere.
I was feeling good about my recycling efforts. I was recycling consistently for 3 weeks, and the lone trash bag seemed to be working well. Until one day a couple weeks ago when my constantly hungry yellow lab, Chica, decided the recycling smelled good. She ripped into the bag, shredded all of the paper and licked all of the cans clean. She didn't even clean up after herself! I became a little discouraged about the whole recycling thing after this incident, and as a result stopped recycling. I have considered purchasing a second trashcan, but you don't know my dog. She literally ate 3 large chocolate bars off my counter last week! She will even get into my closed trashcan any chance she gets. (Also, she is doing well now, thanks for asking!)
Needless to say, recycling is hard! Going green is hard! Being proactive about the health of our planet is hard! I get it. So, with all of my recent experience I wanted to give you 4 Tips to help you with Going Green in the exhibit industry.
4 Tips on Going Green in an Industry of Silver Solutions for the Person who asks, "What's the point?"
- Tip #1
Start out small. If you have an old trade show display, consider recycling the display instead of trashing it. Most hard shipping cases are fully recyclable. The plastic can be melted down and used again for another case.
- Tip #2
Don't get overwhelmed. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed by the lack of green trade show display products available, or even the cost, don't fret. You can study our eSmart Sustainable Displays section of the website, or call me! I will help to calm you down with stories of recyclables scattered over my apartment floor.
You can contact me, Jessica, directly at: 720-469-4285
- Tip #3
Check the Green Guide. I know it helps to have resources when it feels like you are out of your element. I recommend you jump back on our first blog to read through the Green Guide. This guide does a great job describing the booth elements that are sustainable in more detail.
- Tip #4
Don't give up! I wanted to be a source of encouragement today. Going Green is difficult and can be a hassle for everyone. If you really want to make an impact for your planet and purchase a sustainable exhibit, then do your research. Try not to get discouraged and keep asking questions. Eventually the right solution will present itself.
Contact Denver-based Diers Exhibit Group to learn more about sustainable trade show exhibits.
Thanks for reading!