As part of PCMA’s sustainability initiatives, attendee badges and lanyards at Convening Leaders in San Francisco will be environmentally friendly — a first for PCMA.
PCMA has teamed with pc/nametag for a sustainable alternative to the traditional plastic sleeve and plastic lanyard. The badges, including the sleeve, are made from recycled material and are themselves completely recyclable. The lanyards also are made from recyclable material.
With sustainability efforts becoming front and center of the business events industry, PCMA wanted to showcase how to put them into practice at Convening Leaders, said PCMA’s director of events, Alison Milgram, CMP, DES. “Our partners at pc/nametag gave us this opportunity to showcase a badge and lanyard that are eco-friendly,” she said.
“As an industry leader, it’s important for PCMA to show that events can limit their environmental footprint in different ways. San Francisco is a great place to do something like this,” Milgram said, referencing the city’s position as a leader in sustainable practices. Among other sustainability initiatives, attendees will be served a meatless lunch on Monday, Jan. 6. And the CL Dailies, delivered to attendee hotel rooms each morning during the event, are printed on recycled paper using green printing initiatives.
According to a pc/nametag spokesperson, the company began selling the products in October 2019. Convening Leaders is the first event in the business events industry to offer pc/nametag’s eco-friendly badges and lanyards.
The lanyard is made with a fabric created from 100-percent recycled soda bottles. And while the clip attachment itself is not eco-friendly, the lanyard is reusable. For the name badges, PCMA chose a non-laminated paper card stock that is made with 10-percent recycled fiber. Both products are fully customizable for branding purposes.
Curt Wagner is an associate editor at Convene.