Planning ahead is crucial for minimising the environmental impact of our shows. Exhibitors are urged to educate their staff on sustainable practices during the event. Here are six sustainability initiatives William Reed encourages for our exhibitors:

1. Stand Design – Design to Reuse
We recommend exhibitors to think sustainably when planning their stands. They are prompted to consider creating or commissioning stands that can be reused, offering benefits to both the environment and their budget. The promotion of Shell Scheme stands is also promoted, as these are reused, aligning with the commitment to responsible event management.

2. Minimising Plastic Waste
Exhibitors are encouraged to choose environmentally friendly options at the UK Food & Drink Shows. For example, using biodegradable utensils, reusable displays and avoiding plastic packaging to reduce environmental impact and waste.
Visitors and exhibitors are also encouraged to bring reusable cups or water bottles. The venue and caterers support refilling water bottles upon request, reducing the need for single-use containers.

3. Digital Promotion and Energy Efficiency
We encourage digital promotional materials at the UK Food & Drink Shows. Choose digital literature, e-flyers, and business cards to cut production and transportation-related environmental impacts.
The UK Food & Drink Shows are also committed to using green electricity and energy efficient light bulbs wherever possible. These are then switched to LED when they need replacing. Green electricity is sourced from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, and hydropower, and does not produce harmful greenhouse gas emissions like traditional fossil fuel-based electricity. In addition, replacing conventional light bulbs with energy-efficient LED bulbs, consumes significantly less energy and last longer. This reduces the need for frequent replacements, which, in turn, saves energy and reduces waste.

4. Responsible Recycling
Recycling is also a significant focus for William Reed. Exhibitors are urged to actively participate in recycling efforts, contributing to waste reduction and a smaller environmental footprint. The NEC handles the separation of recyclables from general waste to ensure proper processing.
If paper is necessary, William Reed advocates for the use of recycled paper to reduce the carbon impact by 28%. Alternatively, exhibitors are encouraged to opt for paper from sustainable sources, such as FSC-certified paper.
William Reed promotes the recycling of lanyards by providing drop-off points at exits. This initiative contributes to a circular economy and emphasises the importance of responsible waste management.

5. Reduce Food Waste
To minimise food waste, exhibitors are advised to thoughtfully plan the quantity of food brought for sampling. Any food waste should be separated in clear plastic bags, and initiatives within businesses to further reduce food waste are encouraged.
William Reed will also be partnering with a food distribution charity, to donate any surplus food to those in need, rather than throwing away perfectly good food. By collaborating with a charity, William Reed not only supports the fight against hunger but also reduces the environmental impact of its events.

6. Think About Travel
Considering options to reduce carbon emissions, exhibitors are encouraged to promote the use of public transport for staff. Additionally, utilising the show's freight company, CEVA, is suggested to consolidate deliveries and reduce traffic to the venue.