COP 2021 | UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE 2021
Uniting the World to tackle climate change.
The World is watching Glasgow as they host the UN Climate Conference this month. The Media is a buzz with the initial proceedings which have included opening speeches by Queen II, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Sir David Attenborough.
“Securing a brighter future for our children and future generations requires countries to take urgent action at home and abroad to turn the tide on climate change. It is with ambition, courage and collaboration as we approach the crucial COP26 summit in the UK that we can seize this moment together, so we can recover cleaner, rebuild greener and restore our planet.” Boris Johnson | COP 2021
The aim is to achieve ‘net zero’ emissions, in an effort to prevent the planet from rising above 1.5 degrees. As we speak, countries are working together to build back better and greener post covid. With the state of planet at the forefront of our minds, we all look inward to consider what we can do…
The Responsibility of the Events Industry
The Health of our Planet is of Worldwide concern. As an industry we need to take responsibility for our practices to ensure a greener future for events. Corporate events generate over a trillion dollars globally, and so we are a significant group in the global market. It is of the upmost importance that we take stock and alter our approach, securing the future.
The question is, how can we help?
Sustainability is at the heart of what we do here at Table Art. A guiding principle, we have honed our practices to ensure a greener future for the event industry. Our focus is providing packages that quickly and efficiently transform an event space.
The core of what we do is inherently greener than your standard centrepiece and prop fare. Our objective has always been to provide state of the art centrepieces and props that not only blow guests away, but that work smarter for events. Everything we create packs down into its smallest components. We take great pride in our custom flight cases that house multiple centres and props. In minimising the space our products take up; we are reducing the heavy carbon footprint of production, transport, and storage. Above all, our centrepieces are not single-use, throwaway items. They are used again and again, lessening their environmental footprint with every use.
Event Décor | An Environmental Strain
Fresh cut flowers are inherently bad for the planet. The processes used to grow and ship these floral creations are placing undue strain on our planet. For example, a bouquet of just eleven stems, imported from the Netherlands has a Carbon Footprint of 32.25kg CO2. The needless emissions contribute to an excess of greenhouse gases, which obviously has a detrimental effect on our planet.
Beyond this, there are the use of chemicals to consider. The UK may have stringent chemical guidelines in place but the same cannot be said in Europe and further afield. Used to kill fungi and animal bests, the common use of pesticides can have insidious effects on our air, water and even the lifespan of animals.
In a similar vein to the fresh cut flowers, dried flowers employ the use of chemicals on an industrial scale. The horror reel of chemicals used are as follows:
- heat-treated which in effect creates excessive amounts of CO2
- Stems are coated in water-soluble plastic
- Finally, treated with chemicals that prevent mould
Despite declarations that dried flowers are a sustainable alternative to fresh cut, it is simply untrue.
Thanks to a trend of organic balloon displays and photo walls, balloons have exploding in popularity, and thus, have exploded in production. The results of which is a growing strain on our landfills and oceans. These balloons are the perfect example of single use plastics. Balloons generally speaking don’t breakdown, especially when they are treated with a chemical that prevents that. Beyond the balloon itself, helium is also a big issue. Owing to this décor trend, there is a supply issue with the gas, which has an effect on the medical world which requires it. We as an industry need to phase out our use of it as best we can, to prioritise the medical applications of helium.
It is true to say that here at Table Art, we have been guilty of following this trend without thought to the implications. No more! We have been looking at ways to tackle the balloons issue and here is what we have come up with. When it comes to table centres, we promote our Organic Balloon Design (pictured below). It requires no helium and using only a small selection of balloons, all of which are biodegradable.
When it comes to our Exploding Confetti Balloons, we have specially sourced eco-friendly balloons made from natural latex, that don’t use chemicals in the processing. The Confetti used is now all fully degradable too. The last issue we are tackling is the helium. Currently our team are developing a stand that would hold the balloon and negate the need for helium. We will keep you posted on our progress.
Is there a Green Alternative for my centrepieces?
In short, yes! The core of what we do is inherently greener than your standard centrepiece and prop fare. Our objective has always been to provide state of the art centrepieces and props that not only blow guests away, but that work smarter for events. Everything we create packs down into its smallest components. We take great pride in our custom flight cases that house multiple centres and props. In minimising the space our products take up; we are reducing the heavy carbon footprint of production, transport, and storage.
So, let’s talk vehicles. With our vans we can transport up to 200 centrepieces in a single van. Not only that, but as all centres are transported in flight cases, ensuring quality and minimising breakages. The result of which is an overall cutdown of waste.
Our Production Process
Now onto production. Most of our products are made right here in Leamington Spa. Many of our products are made with the help of our CNC Machine. With careful programming and design, everything is cut with minimal waste. We also source our materials locally where we can and do our upmost to carbon offset the elements sourced further afield. Not only that but most of our team are based within just five miles of the warehouse and those living outside of that commonly car share.
We have made the switch to environmentally friendly cleaning products. Cleanliness of our products is of upmost importance to us and so we rely heavily on cleaning materials. The switch to Eco products has meant that the chemicals used to keep our products looking top class, are also top quality for the planet. The team also use fabric gloves rather than the rubber gloves of old, and we have done away with plastics generally.
Our objective is to smarten up our practices and streamline. So, our ethos here is to reduce, reuse, recycle, repair and rethink. We aren’t there yet but we are striving to become a fully carbon neutral company. We understand that this is a huge undertaking but it’s a great help that the core of what we do already green.
Table Art Scotland & COP 2021
We are thrilled to announce that our Scottish team, Blue Parrot Events Group have been working at COP 2021. The team worked their magic at an evening dinner earlier this week, installing our Swirl table centres. We could ask for no better vote of confidence. If our centrepieces are approved and used by the delegates of COP2021, then dare we say… we are the eco-friendly choice for table décor?
We understand that the work has only just begun, both as an individual company and as a member of the Events industry. We need to improve our environmental processes, specifically looking at our use of materials. For example, we are doing research into recyclable acrylics and biodegradable fabrics. As a company we are keen to grasp the nettle and do our part in reducing emissions. That will mean and investment of resources to facilitate effective changes that lower our carbon footprint. Over the coming we will be making further changes and will keep you updates as we progress.
As part of the Event Industry and the community of workers that hold it up, we want to be one of the leading companies to champion change. We want to learn from colleagues that are already doing their part and encourage others to join the fight. The important thing now is to make the changes and to stop kicking the ball further along, the time is now.
If you wish to discuss our practices further and how we can help your event, contact our team today.