3 reasons why you should make your next exhibition stand more sustainable and how to do it

Making your exhibition stand more sustainable is the responsible choice and can benefit your organisation in myriad ways. Cost savings, enhanced brand reputation, and long-term viability while aligning your business with growing societal and environmental expectations is a win-win you shouldn’t overlook.

1.  Environmental responsibility

First and foremost, the most critical reason for a sustainable exhibition is its positive impact on the planet. By demonstrating your commitment to sustainability you are showcasing your organisation as an environmentally responsible one that actively helps reduce resource depletion, waste generation, and greenhouse gas emissions – contributing to a healthier and more sustainable future.
As a secondary benefit, a sustainable exhibition enhances your brand’s reputation, helps build trust with customers, and helps the growing pool of eco-conscious customers and clients distinguish you from competitors. It can also create a positive narrative that can be incorporated into your marketing and PR efforts, helping your organisation appeal to a wider audience and expand into international markets.

2. Cost savings

There are cost savings to be made too when you adopt sustainable practices for your exhibition stand. As a business that cares, you will use energy-efficient lighting and reuse materials as much as possible. These and other similar types of practice reduce operational expenses and save on disposal costs.

This will also affect your long-term viability in that, by reducing waste, conserving resources, and mitigating environmental impacts, you are better positioned to adapt to changing market conditions and regulations and thereby, sustainable practices can contribute to the long-term viability of your business.

3.  Innovation and differentiation

Embracing sustainability can drive innovation and creativity within your organisation. Finding creative ways to make your exhibition stand more sustainable can set you apart from competitors and lead to product or process improvements. Plus, people are often interested in learning about eco-friendly practices and products so a sustainable exhibition stand can attract and engage more deeply with its attendees. In addition, many employees and job seekers will prioritise working for a company that cares. Embracing sustainability can help your reputation in this regard and will help you attract and retain top talent, thereby avoiding the costs associated with frequent recruitment.

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Here’s how to do it:

Set clear goals:

Having defined sustainability objectives for your exhibition stand such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, eco-friendly materials, and transportation choices can help you make better, more sustainable decisions on a day-to-day basis. Take steps to incorporate sustainability objectives into your business plan.

Choose sustainable materials:

A simple change to make is to opt for eco-friendly, recyclable, or reusable materials whenever possible. Sustainable options include recycled cardboard, bamboo, FSC-certified wood, and low-impact paints help get the message across of your commitment to sustainability. Most importantly, avoid single-use plastics. If possible, source materials locally to reduce transportation emissions. Be sustainable in terms of graphics and signage too, by using eco-friendly inks and printing methods for graphics and signage. Consider fabric banners instead of vinyl, as they are more sustainable.

Choose a modular design:

By designing your stand to be modular and adaptable to different booth sizes and configurations you are reducing the need for new materials for each exhibition. Investing in reusable stand structures that can be used for multiple exhibitions, reduces the need for costly construction and disposal.

Be energy efficient:

Use energy-efficient lighting, such as LED bulbs, and consider solar or renewable energy sources if feasible. Ensure all electronics and lighting are turned off when not in use.

Reduce waste:

Designing the stand to produce less disposable material will minimise waste. Digital displays rather than printed materials and providing digital brochures or QR codes for information can make a drastic impact in reducing waste and cost. Implement a clear recycling and waste management plan for the exhibition with bins labelled for different types of waste, and ensure proper disposal or recycling of materials. After the exhibition, responsibly dispose of or store your materials for future use. Recycle or donate materials if possible.

Engage visitors:

A sustainable exhibition stand will set you apart from your competition and the more creative you are, to this end, the more likely you’ll attract visitors. Use interactive displays and engagement activities to educate attendees about sustainability and inspire them to make eco-conscious choices. Promote your sustainability efforts to attendees through signage and engagement. Explain how your stand is eco-friendly and why it matters. If you provide giveaways or promotional items, choose reusable or sustainable items such as bamboo pens, cloth tote bags, or stainless-steel water bottles.

Measure and report:

Be sure to keep track of the environmental impact of your exhibition stand, such as energy consumption, waste generation, and transportation emissions. Report on your sustainability achievements. Use feedback and lessons learned from each exhibition to improve your sustainable practices for future events.

By incorporating these steps into your exhibition stand planning, you can create an attractive, eco-friendly booth that aligns with your sustainability goals and values while making a positive impression on staff and attendees.

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