“So what happens to all this carpet now?” I asked a stand fitter at Manchester Central.
“It gets thrown away, I think.” He said back, as he packed away.
“Can I take it?” I asked, “Go for your life mate”.
If you’ve ever been behind the scenes of a large exhibition, it’s quite something to see the transformation from the start, but if you’ve been there at the end, it’s like the last days of Rome! It can be quite destructive.
It is Zero Waste Week, and it is well known that the event industry has a huge issue with waste and sustainability. From the enormous amount of plastic used, the endless water bottles, leftover food, and more carpet than you’ve ever seen.
At Putting Edge, the environment and climate crisis are both important from business ethics but personal too. Our pop up mini golf courses are made from recycled materials wherever possible, and we have upcycled custom builds into new courses and old bio-foam signs into obstacles.
At the end of every exhibition, we take as many materials as can fit in the van in order to cover the modular sections. Luckily, there’s a lot of bright colours at exhibitions.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we as a society and industry simply can’t keep consuming in the way that we do.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.