Santa Monica is having a 3 day Eco Gift Festival from December 12th – 14th. I will try to make it to see if there have been made any shortcuts. Lot of events that promote themselves as green (just like the LA DWP Griffith Park Festival of Lights) have very little do do with sustainability.
I looked at this festivals website and so far I am quite impressed.
The tradeshow industry is second only to the construction industry in the amount of waste it generates. So, a ‘zero waste’ tradeshow poses a special challenge.
Here are a few things they’ll be doing to reduce their impact:
- Vinyl table covers will be replaced by linen.
- Event signage is made with recyclable, reusable or biodegradable materials.
- Event collateral is printed on a “green printer” with vegetable-based inks and recyclable paper.
- Food sold at the event will be packaged in biodegradable, compostable food ware.
- Biodegradable cornstarch or potato plates and utensils are mandated.
- All food served at the event is local, organic, and vegetarian fare.
- Implementation of a carbon offsetting program will reduce emissions generated by equipment, heating/cooling, shipping, and electricity.
- Resource Recovery Stations are placed throughout the facility. Now this doesn’t sound exciting…BUT…an anticipated 90% or higher landfill diversion is expected through this effort. Exhibitors will not receive wastebaskets in their booths, rather, the waste stream is strictly controlled and diverted. Each RR station will be hosted by a knowledgeable and friendly volunteer ready to tell you which of your items is recyclable, compost, or landfill.
- Complimentary purified water is provided on-site by Pure Water Science and will be served in biodegradable cups to eliminate plastic water bottles
Now to further reduce the waste, here are a few things that you can do:
- Bring your own cup and utensils, don’t use the biodegradable ones at the festival. If not properly discarded, the biodegradable, cornstarch or potato plates will take years to decompose.
- Bring your canvas bags to put your gifts into.
- Ride your bike or take the bus to the event. If you can’t, carpool with your friends and neighbors.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
1855 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Dates and Show Hours
Friday, December 12th
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 13th
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 14th
11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Tickets are $10 per day and $20 for a weekend pass. Children under 12 and Seniors over 65 get in for free.
For more information on vendors, musicians, speakers and more, visit their website at http://www.ecogift.com
Have fun and enjoy the Holiday Season!