Taking carbon emissions into our own hands Posted on: October 5, 2018 by Jason Davis What is carbon offsetting? Carbon offsetting is a way of compensating for you or your organisations production of carbon dioxide with a CO2 saving scheme elsewhere. Some methods to compensate for your emissions include forest or other ecosystem restoration projects. This is exactly what we’re doing – we’ve funded a Reforestation project in Panama to offset the equivalent of 14 tonnes of carbon. Details of the project CO2OL Tropical Mix will be introducing sustainable timber production by reforesting degraded areas of land with native tree species which will be gradually converted into mixed forests. As well as providing a sustainable source of timber and cocoa cultivation, it will ensure a healthy eco-system stays in tact that can protect the habitat of local wildlife and endangered species. Impacts and benefits: Over 3.5 million trees have been planted 15% has been declared a nature reserve, protecting the forest and animals living there ‘Bridges’ created by restoring connected forest land areas Knowledge transfer on sustainable forest management technologies 150 local jobs have been created 15 endangered species on the red list have found a habitat Why should we care about recycling and CO2 emissions? The events industry is notoriously plastic heavy, often with highly non-recyclable PVC graphics that end up in our landfills and oceans every year. By recycling as much as possible and taking responsibility for our carbon emissions, we’re helping to create a low-carbon economy. What are we doing about it? Offsetting our carbon emissions with the Panama reforestation project isn’t enough. We take steps to ensure we’re as eco-friendly as possible within our organisation to align with our environmental objectives: Environmental Impact and Risk Mitigation “To understand and minimise the effects that the company has on the environment, and manage them to reduce impact.” Recycling bins have ‘littered’ (excuse the pun) around our offices to increase our recycling of paper as well as reducing our waste. For customers, eco-friendly displays are available – we recommend calling us to find out more about this. What can you do about it? The base units of your old pop up banners are made of aluminium, and so are recyclable. If you can’t recycle these yourself, we can for you! A trade in scheme is also in place to take in your old display in exchange for discounts on future orders. The PVC graphic on our pop up banners are not currently recyclable, this doesn’t mean they can’t be used for other purposes. There are plenty of ways you can upcycle your banner: Use as a temporary screen Donate to local craft clubs or schools to use for crafting Donate the base to someone who could use it with another graphic Cut down the PVC into strips for door curtains Turn into tote bags to giveaway as promotional items We’re on the start of a journey to make the events industry more eco-friendly, but there’s still a long way to go! Are there any other banner upcycling ideas you can think of? What are you doing to help the environment? Let us know – we’d love to share your ideas and stories!