The events industry has a bad rap for its eco credentials and generates huge amounts of waste each year. The good news is that ‘events profs’ and consumers alike are more clued up than they ever have been and are on a joint mission to make the events industry a more sustainable place to be.
Twilight Trees is very fortunate to have based our business on a reusable product but although our waste is minimal, we clock up a fair mileage each year and are part of an industry that needs to work together to pave a greener future. Below is how we are reducing our environmental impact:
On Earth Day 2020 we announced that we are proudly now carbon neutral. We have been working with our local Hampshire partners at Carbon Footprint to audit and offset our carbon footprint across all our events, travel, shipping and the running of our business as a whole. In 2020 we offset 28 tonnes of CO2.
A tree-mendous opportunity
Our tree planting programme in the UK is combined with REDD (Reducing Deforestation & Degradation) or Tree Buddying which ensures that for every tree planted in the UK, a tonne of carbon will be saved in the Amazon Rainforest through avoided deforestation projects. Furthermore, this affords the chance for children of Twilight Trees staff members to provide a tree-planting programme at their schools.
Reuse & Repairs
We design products that last. We have invested many hours working out the best way to repair and recycle our trees and have staff dedicated to doing this. Every aspect of the tree is given the maximum lifespan and each piece is reused as many times as possible – in some instances this could be a number of years..
Whilst we are still working on our Harry Potter apparition skills, we make sure that our vehicles are tip top in terms of green credentials and maintenance and our aim is for our fleet to be green, mean eco machines!
We give back
We support charity as often as possible and often give a percentage of profits to the cause we are supporting. These often tend to be charities close to home but we are open to collaborations.
We partner with like-minded companies
It helps if you’re all on the same page, right? We actively work with companies with the same ethos as us and we aim to work together to make sure that the events industry has a positive impact on our environment. Rock My Wedding for example donate 10% of our membershpi fee to tree planting each month. With all the memberships on their database this amounted to 92 trees in March alone which has in turn helped to offset 15 tonnes of CO2!
Sustainability is always a work in progress and it is something that Twilight Trees has committted to putting at the forefront of its activities. We aim to keep you in the loop as we go along but for now we are going to continue to be aware of any impact we make and choose to always make a difference.