I was amazed at how deep down into the rabbit hole being sustainable and 'Green' can take you. I'm saving the planet one plastic bag at a time and every little bit does help but WOW.

I discovered that asking the question "how can my clients contribute to reducing their carbon footprint" was a bit like asking "how long is a piece of string."

Every business is different and so therefore every answer is different but if you want to there are people who will evaluate the life cycle of your products ie. Where do all the components come from to make your product, do those producers have sustainable practices, what is the waste from the production, where does that go etc, etc, etc... the detail can be incredible, and yes there are people already doing this.

For events the first time is about observing and evaluating to create a plan for the following event that will work for both the organisers, exhibitors and visitors. A great example is the Oxfam Trailwalker NZ (http://www.oxfam.org.nz/oxfam_trailwalker), where organisers have been working with 'Get Instep' (www.getinstep.org) with really measurable results through a plan to educate attendees and visitors on rubbish disposal, amongst other things.

What I found out for myself is to be more aware of companies policies and make sure any recommendations or advise I give for product fits with there philosophies.

Being 'Green' is here to stay so find out about how it can work for you without being a hurdle in running your event or business.