Around the world, people in 192 countries will soon take the opportunity to appreciate the natural environment and focus on ways to protect it. April 22 is Earth Day, and this year is the 45th time the annual event is drawing attention to eco-friendly practices and sustainable lifestyles.

Whether your organisation has made a commitment to going green at trade shows or just wants to do its part to utilise resources more responsibly, Earth Day is a great time to look at ways you can reduce waste, reuse supplies and revitalise the eco-system.

But don’t stop after April 22. Here are a few simple ways you can make a difference year-round:

1. Plant trees 

Plant-a-tree programmes, such as this one promoted by Eye on Earth Alliance, are a classic choice for Earth Day efforts.

From paper to lumber, we use wood on a daily basis, so it’s always a great idea to keep in mind we might need to replenish that stock. Proj-X has partnered with Carbon Neutral to offer a tree-planting option for our clients, so if you’re participating in an exhibition or other marketing event, that’s something to keep in mind.

2. Invest in reusable supplies  

Reduce, reuse, recycle – these are the pillars of environmental responsibility. In addition to replacing some of the resources we consume, selecting supplies that are more durable and adaptable can help lessen the amount of materials we use up.

For instance, modular displays and custom-built exhibition booths can be designed to suit a wide range of purposes, dimensions and venues. When it’s created with long-lasting, high-quality components, a single trade show stand can last for years, needing only the occasional freshening up.

This approach applies to just about anything: Often, it’s worth it in the long run to invest in quality because you’ll save on both expenses and resources.

3. Use energy-efficient technology and lighting  

Earth Hour, which was celebrated on March 28, provided a poignant reminder of our energy usage. As prominent buildings, such as this one in Glasgow, went dark, the World Wildlife Fund’s event inspired people to think about ways to conserve energy and live more sustainably.

The center of Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, was a part of #EarthHour with the City Chambers switching off!

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Mar 28, 2015 at 7:07pm PDT

One way to do that is by implementing energy-efficient lighting and technology. From your office to your exhibition displays, modern lighting and devices allow you to minimise your power consumption, which cuts your bills while supporting the environment.

4. Plan strategically to reduce waste  

Finally, a little planning goes a long way when it comes to avoiding waste. Collecting and analysing data from previous operations and events can give you insight into exactly how much you’ll need for the next one.

For instance, Green Event Book encouraged event organisers to address over-supply and under-eating, noting that about 1/3 of food produced globally goes to waste. More careful estimations and plans for salvaging leftovers can prevent good food from ending up in the rubbish bin.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]