Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Green Conference Setting: Cardboard Exhibit Halls

I recently attended two conferences with significant exhibit hall innovations in display materials. It's a very attractive sustainability approach I encourage all trade show hosts to mandate. 
Forestry Stewardship Council: FSC-certified materials IUCN2016
GreenBuild 2016 in Los Angeles, the conference for the United States Green Building Council had a smattering of cardboard exhibit stations. The vendors reported that the material was so light to ship,
easy to pack, and durable that they were taken by surprise AND sold on using it for future events.

The entire exhibit hall was cardboard at the 2016 World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, held by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. The forms could be made into rooms for presentations, and walls for informational displays. The seating was very comfortable and durable - speakers could even stand on platforms. It was all recyclable after the event, but many planned to reuse theirs.                                                                                               Just think of the carbon saved in shipping lighter goods, the materials saved through recycled sourcing and recycling, the reduced toxins in those materials, and the powerful message it sends about thoughtfulness instead of consumption and flash.                                                                                                                                                      

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