The Final Straw leads to better things!

In 2018 Hale Events supported Final Straw Cornwall at their Expowest Cornwall trade show. Final Straw Cornwall is a campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage single use plastics are causing to our environment. They ran a Straw Amnesty where businesses visiting the show could bring in their old plastic straws. Over the course of the event, they collected around thirty thousand straws from a broad cross-section of businesses; takeaways, restaurants and hotels, for up-cycling later. Inspired by the levels of support for the campaign, from so many different businesses, organisations and individuals within the Cornish community, Hale Events have decided to aim to go single-use plastic free at all their 2019 trade shows. They will be actively looking for environmentally-friendly alternatives to any single use plastic used at their shows. As well as no longer using plastic carrier bags, Hale Events is planning to stop using plastic wallets for exhibitor and visitor badges, which tend to be only used once, and then thrown away. They have come up with innovative solutions for 2019, that enable their exhibitors and visitors to pre-print their badges, or collect them on arrival, and then use completely recyclable badge clips to fix them to their clothing, or bags, avoiding the need for wallets.

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