Charities are being offered free events material, such as graphics, props and furniture by the events industry.
The initiative is called Eventcycle and aims to repurpose and redistribute surplus event material which are no longer needed by event organisers to charities and community groups as well as back into the events industry.
It was created to tackle a problem in the events sector of single use materials, including furnishings, props, branded merchandise, graphics and building materials, going to landfill after they have been used.
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“Event Cycle offers charities a way to request material items which are then given to them for free when an event nearby has the items available,” said a statement from the initiative.
“Events tend to generate a whole array of different items and materials from flat-pack furniture, to build materials and plants, in all kinds of quantities so no request is too wild.
“Alongside the social and environmental impacts, Event Cycle saves money for charities who would otherwise have had to purchase materials new or second hand allowing the funds to be spent on other resources.”
Initiative co-founder Carina Jandt said: ““Having worked in several streams of the event industry we have both seen the amount of good quality items leftover at the end of events.”
Chantel Kerr-Sheppard, who also co-founded the initiative, added: “Now is the time to build back better and consider our options for a more sustainable, socially responsible, future in the events industry.”