Zero Waste Youth Conference?
The Goodie Bag - wins & fails
We requested everything that we expected to be packaged to be bulk wrapped to reduce packaging.
The chopsticks and the cleaning brushes came bulk packed in one bag, the Chico Bag order was all in cardboard boxes only – no plastic.
The Not-so-Good news …
The straws were packed two to a plastic sleave and the cutlery was all individually wrapped in thin film plastic. The Klean Kanteens were individual wrapped in compostable plastic in cardboard slots. We have spoken to Klean Kanteen and the cutlery and straw suppliers about this for future orders and all have been receptive to change where possible and practical.
Sponsor Signage & Message Board
Our life ring was also salvaged and appropriately renamed.
The Name Tags
The catering was the hardest to achieve what we wanted. In the end we chose Hong Chi Association not only as they could accommodate all our requests but also because it meant we could also support their work too. They are a wonderful organisation helping thousands of people with disabilities in all aspects of their lives. We had lengthy discussions about not using single serve portions (sugar, milk) with the tea/coffee, using only washable plates and cutlery (include spoons for tea/coffee). Fine tuning the menu to cut down on food waste (which we were told would be composted if there was any) and not covering trays with plastic wrap. They were a great team to work with.
For our daily snacks the awesome Stella* made treats for everyone that could be eaten without plates and weren’t messy to cut down on napkin use too. The food was packed in reusable containers.
*if PFS had a Chief Snack Maker/Food Provider it would be Stella!