How Exhibition Stands Can Become Eco-Friendly

Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Exhibitions by their nature create astonishing amounts of waste. From paper and packaging, to single use floor coverings and furniture items, plus copious numbers of carrier bags and give-aways, the industry has had to battle against its actual and perceived damage to the environment.

Exhibition stands themselves are frequently never used again – once the exhibition closes its doors, the stands and their contents usually end up in a skip headed for landfill.

With the general public exhibition visitors more attuned than ever to the importance of protecting the environment, exhibition organisers, exhibitors and stand builders now need to demonstrate their eco-friendly credentials and commitment. Here are a few simple ways to make your exhibition stands more eco-friendly:

  • Consider reusable stands - modular stands are becoming more readily available

  • Reduce your use of printed materials – perhaps offer one flyer with a QR code that takes them to online brochures or specifications.

  • Install low-wattage lighting or LED energy-efficient lighting.

  • Choose recyclable plastic or cardboard

  • Use organic compound-free adhesives.

  • Choose a fibre-mixed carpet for your flooring so that it can be recycled -or choose carpet tiles that can be re-used.

  • Use timber and paper materials from well-managed forests

  • Look for “green”, water-based paints.

  • Instead of physical give-aways can you offer e-vouchers or coupons for trials or discounts?

  • Look into interactive displays, gamification, VR, AR, digital displays as an alternative to posters and printed material

  • Where you do want to use banners etc, design graphics that can be reused rather than show specific designs