Sustainability Stories: Diverting Waste at SXSW


EDITOR’S NOTE: We want to learn how other companies approach sustainability, so we’ve decided to publish a series of posts featuring innovative companies and people who are doing their part to support our planet. Following is a guest post from Ariel Miller, publicist at SXSW Eco, about SXSW’s sustainability efforts. Click here to learn about our partnership with SXSW.

Most large-scale events come with an unfortunate side effect: a considerable amount of waste. At SXSW Eco last year, we partnered with SpinFish Event Solutions to decrease the environmental footprint of our trade show.

After the success from SXSW Eco (where SpinFish helped us achieve an amazing diversion rate of 99%, with 1,275 pounds of materials kept out of the landfills), we decided to partner with the company again for our March event.

We’re pleased to announce that this year at SXSW Music, Film and Interactive, with the help of SpinFish, we diverted 8,580 pounds (over 4 TONS!) of durable event materials from the landfill, leading to an overall diversion rate of 86%. An estimated total of 2,200-2,500 local community members benefited from this program. Considering SXSW 2014 had more than 350 exhibitors and tens of thousands of attendees, this was a big success.

We look forward to working with SpinFish again at SXSW Eco this Oct. 6-8, 2014.

Images courtesy of SpinFish Event Solutions

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