5 ways to incorporate sustainability into your company offsite
1. Rent, reuse, recycle
In aid of Plastic Free July, we wanted to avoid single-use plastic at the offsite. This meant renting most of the equipment and materials used for the event, reusing cutlery and crockery and, as a last resort, recycling what couldn’t be reused. In fact, all bottled water at the hotel is recycled and then rebottled on site. Super cool!
2. Trains over planes
While it wasn’t practical for everyone to get to rural Scotland using public transport (we have teams in the US and Singapore after all), we encouraged UK-based Quadmarkers to leave their cars at home and avoid flying where possible. For those with an electric car, the Peebles Hydro Hotel had recharge points to ensure their batteries could be recharged, ready for the homeward journey.
3. Eat local
All food throughout the event was locally sourced to reduce our carbon footprint and support local producers around Peebles, from the haggis to the gin from the hotel’s own distillery.
4. Proper waste management
We opted for an eco-sustainable approach to waste management. We worked with the hotel to plan measures such as separate paper collection and the proper labeling of paper, glass and plastic bins. We also prioritized digital communication over paper, adding all attendees to a group chat with key updates and only printing out one set of agendas in the main foyer.
5. Create a culture of sustainability
Creating a culture of sustainability that extends beyond the event is integral to ensuring our efforts have real impact. This is why our Events Team are working with Senior Managers to permanently incorporate sustainability into the offsite planning process. We have also partnered with Conference Care to help us to measure, reduce and assess the impact of the offsite and, finally, to offset the negative impact by supporting projects that have a positive environmental impact.
Although we have a long way to go when it comes to our sustainability journey, we're confident that these small steps will lead the way to lasting change. If you want to find out more about Plastic Free July and the steps you can take to reduce your plastic footprint, check out the Plastic Free Foundation website and the Plastic Free Challenge app. To find out more about the plastic pollution crisis and its effects, check out this National Geographic article.
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