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Compostable alternatives to plastic

In events, single-use or disposable plastics have been especially useful in offering convenience, speed, scale, hygiene and affordability. Think of an event with thousands of attendees, and how quickly and safely they can be catered for with pre-packaged meals, disposable cutlery in sterile packaging, and disposable coffee cups (made from paper, but lined in plastic so that your cup doesn’t get soggy). These are some of the reasons why ‘fantastic plastic’, until recently, has been so successful.
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EGF Member Spotlight: Greg McManus from Heritage

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is doing great work in the field of sustainability. This month we are putting the EGF’s Chairperson, Greg McManus, in the spotlight. Because although you know him as our Chairperson, you might not know a lot about him or his ‘real’ job!     Q. EGF MEMBERS KNOW YOU AS THE ASSOCIATION’S CHAIRPERSON, BUT I DON’T THINK THEY ALL KNOW WHAT YOUR ‘REAL’ JOB IS. PLEASE CAN YOU TELL US WHAT YOU DO, INCLUDING SO
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The CPA requirements of fair & honest dealing

This is Part 4 in a 6 part series: click here to read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. This aspect is dealt with in Part ‘F’ of the CPA. Whilst I will focus on only three sections (i.e. 40, 41 & 42) for the purposes of greenwashing, it is worth noting for your interest that this part has lengthy provisions pertaining to pyramid schemes (43), auctions (45) and a much debated consumer issue namely over-selling/booking, especially airlines (47). So what is ‘dealing’? It is not
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Event greening Q&A

  Q. What can guests do to calculate and reduce their carbon footprint from travel (flights) to and from events? How do we help guests reduce this? Event attendees can have a huge impact on the event’s carbon footprint, so it’s a great idea to educate them to make more responsible choices. For flights, encourage your attendees to fly economy class, take the most direct route and pack light. All of these actions lower their travel-related carbon footprint. You can also ask them to consider o
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EGF Member Spotlight: David Frost from SATSA

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who prioritises sustainability in their work. This month we are putting David Frost, the CEO of the Southern Africa Tourism Services Association (SATSA), in the spotlight.     Q. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE SOUTHERN AFRICA TOURISM SERVICES ASSOCIATION (SATSA) AND WHAT IT DOES? The Southern Africa Tourism Services Associa­tion (SATSA) is a non-profit, member-driven association represent­ing the region’s inbound t
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Event greening Q&A

Some interesting questions were posed at our recent 2019 Conference; we’ve selected a few to answer in more depth. This is the first one:   Q. Shouldn’t we be encouraging plant-based eating at events? Meat agriculture produces more methane than food waste and uses huge amounts of water. Plants are compostable; meat isn’t. In a nut shell – yes. Livestock production is responsible for approximately 14.5% of all greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Serving a plant-based menu at your event
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The CPA requirements of fair & responsible marketing

This is Part 3 in a 6 part series: click here to read Part 1 and Part 2. Before I embark on this article, let me remind you what we are talking about: ‘Marketing’ is defined as inclusive of ‘promote and supply’ ‘Promote’ means (amongst others) to ‘advertise, display, offer‘ or to induce a potential customer to enter into a transaction ‘Supply’ includes to ‘sell, rent, hire’ goods or to actually perform a service or to arrang
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Member Spotlight: Herkie du Preez from Event Wizards

Each month we shine the light on an Event Greening Forum member who is making sustainable events a priority in their business. This month we want to introduce you to Herkie du Preez, the head wizard at Event Wizards, an events production company that has a knack for pulling magic out of a hat.     Q. IN TEN WORDS OR LESS, WHO IS HERKIE DU PREEZ? Mirror mirror on the wall… coolest WIZARD of them all…   Q. TELL US ABOUT EVENT WIZARDS – WHAT DO YOU DO, AND HOW DO YOU INCORPORATE SUST
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EGF 2019 Conference Highlights

The Event Greening Forum’s (EGF) annual conference is an opportunity to share information and best practice recommendations that can both inspire and empower the MICE events industry to create more sustainable events. The 2019 Conference was no exception. Taking place on 11 July at Hominin House, Maropeng, the packed one day programme featured 14 speakers who addressed different aspects of the day’s theme: Imagining a Different Future. These are the highlights, as identified by the conference de
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The 2nd Annual Global MICE Summit

The Global M.I.C.E Summit is an annual conference and expo that brings together experts and industry stakeholders in the Meetings & Business Events Industry (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences & Exhibitions). The summit focuses on analyzing the global trends and opportunities in the Meetings & Business Events industry. The event showcases innovative and sustainable products and solutions that are driving forward Africa’s MICE industry. Click Here for More Information &
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