Harry the Hirer are our exhibition build partners – supplying everything from sponsor booths, to carpet, to lighting & furniture.
So, it was super important to us to ensure that we choose carefully when selecting our exhibition partner.
Luckily, Harry the Hirer are a leader in the industry for their sustainability practices.
Harry the Hirer’s goal in 2020 was to reduce waste to landfill by finding alternatives to protective plastic bags, plastic stretch wrap and foam packaging for their event-hire furniture range.
The outcome of this initiative is the introduction of chair bags and stretch wrap made from 100% landfill biodegradable plastic which contains 30-50% post-industrial recycled content. These items are completely safe to biodegrade naturally, or can be completely recycled.
They also introduced a paper-based alternative to Celair (protective foam packaging). This paper based alternative offers similar protective qualities to its plastic-foam predecessor, but is made from recycled Kraft paper and is 100% recyclable and completely biodegradable.
This packaging was used for all of the furniture and equipment you see around the exhibition today.
Critically, the introduction of these biodegradable alternatives will save 113 cubic metres of waste annually that would normally end up in landfill.
An additional benefit is reduced emissions from freight as the new biodegradable products create less volume when packaged – for example, they get 250 of the new bags to a roll versus 100 of the old plastic bags, a 30% reduction in volume. That equates to a reduction of 34 cubic metres of product contributing to emissions from transport.
Some pretty impressive initiatives from Harry the Hirer!