Frankfurt Book Fair goes green with new environmental initiatives
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Press release from the issuing company
Frankfurt Book Fair (October 06-10, 2010) is not only one of world's largest book events but also the greenest with its many environmental initiatives.
More than 300,000 visitors and over 7,000 exhibitors congregate each October in Frankfurt, generating not only five days of fun for book lovers near and far, but also tons of garbage. Not to mention the resources used.
Good that Frankfurt Book Fair and Messe Frankfurt, the organization responsible for the fairgrounds, have teamed up to create an environmentally friendly fair. They are especially targeting the following four areas to save resources or to reduce their usage drastically:
Water-Saving Measures at Frankfurt Book Fair
In addition, all toilets in restaurants and halls have switched to a need-based flushing system; that means a medium-flush and full-flush option available to users. This measure alone is expected to save 1.6 million liters or over 0.4 million gallons of water at the Fair.
Waste-Reduction Measures at Frankfurt Book Fair
Waste production at the Fair is down in general: While in 2000, about 867 tonnes of garbage were produced, that figure shrank in 2008 by 16% to 730 tonnes. Of those 730 tonnes of waste, 590 tonnes or 80% were recycled. Some materials like the carpets used for booths, aisles and entrance areas get almost completely reused: Of the 71,000 square meters or 84 square yards of carpeting used at an average fair – enough to cover ten football fields – about 90% is recycled or reused.
Heat-Saving Measures at Frankfurt Book Fair
Electricity-Saving Measures at Frankfurt Book Fair
The many Book Fair cafes and restaurants prove that going green is also more stylish: They already serve 90% of the 20,000 sandwiches, 15,000 portions of French fries and 10,000 pizzas consumed at an average Book Fair not on paper and plastic but on porcelain and glass. In addition, gastronomical products supplied by regional producers are preferred as well as recyclable packaging.
Other than being the world's largest book fair, Frankfurt Book Fair attracts visitors because of its environmentally friendly approach and proves that large-scale green initiatives make economic sense as well. All this information and more can be found in the Fair's brochure "Think Global, Act Local".
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