EOCA challenges exhibitors at ISPO 2020 to have Single-Use Plastic Free Stands!

Following the success of the EOCA Plastic Pledge at OutDoor by ISPO 2019, the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is setting the challenge to exhibitors at the ISPO 2020 show to run single-use plastic-free stands!

EOCA launched its Plastic Pledge earlier in the year, and 44 companies signed up to it before OutDoor by ISPO in Munich. Sixty per cent of all EOCA members exhibiting at that show as well as some non-members signed the pledge.

The pledge focuses on the vast amounts of single-use plastic used to provide refreshments at tradeshows and commits signees to encourage the use of reusable cups, glasses and bottles, to provide drinking water which visitors can use to top up their reusables, and to not use single-use plastic to serve their food and drinks, amongst other things.

The Messe supported the initiative and provided drinking water stations in all of the halls. In addition, EOCA produced guidance notes suggesting other ways in which exhibitors could reduce single-use plastic use at tradeshows.

Currently, 51 companies have signed up to the pledge and implement it at tradeshows. The full list can be seen at outdoorconservation.eu/plasticpledge

Catherine Savidge, Joint General Manager of EOCA said “We were thrilled with the reaction to the EOCA Plastic Pledge during OutDoor by ISPO 2019. We had exhibitors report that this pledge was the nudge they needed to implement these changes, that they reduced waste from their stands by 75%, and that visitors had reacted well to the changes.

We now call on more exhibitors to sign and implement the pledge at ISPO 2020. This is open to all exhibitors to the show – EOCA members and non-members. The more companies that sign the pledge, the more of a difference we can make reducing waste, reducing plastic use and therefore reducing our impact on the climate.”

Visitors can also show their support to removing single-use plastic from tradeshows by travelling to and around the show with their own reusable bottles and other items and refusing items in single-use plastic. Reusable bottles and cups will be available in return for a donation around the show, 100% of which will be spent on conservation by EOCA.

To find out how your company can sign up to the pledge for ISPO 2020 and other tradeshows, please get in touch at catherine@outdoorconservation.eu

About EOCA

The European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) is an initiative from the European outdoor industry with the objective of protecting the wild areas it cares so passionately about.

Designed to harness the incredible power of the outdoor industry and to raise money to donate to grassroots conservation groups, the European Outdoor Conservation Association is funded by membership and other fundraising activities within the outdoor industry. 100% of membership fees go to the support of projects. Membership is open to anyone that can demonstrate an involvement in the European outdoor industry. For a full list of all EOCA members, please visit outdoorconservation.eu/members-info.cfm?pageid=22

From January 2015, a select group of ‘Sustaining Members’ have pledged their support to EOCA by committing to fund the sustainable growth of the organisation with an extra €10,000 per year over and above their annual membership fee. This money will be used to finance the running of the Association and support its sustainable growth, also enabling a move to 2 funding rounds per year.

The current EOCA Sustaining Members are Pertex, KEEN Footwear, The North Face, Nikwax, ISPO and OutDoor by ISPO (Messe München), and the European Outdoor Group (EOG), which is also the Founder Member of the Association.

To find out more about the Association please go to outdoorconservation.eu