The UK’s largest dental exhibition has gone ‘green’.
The British Dental Trade Association (BDTA) is conscious of its carbon footprint and has been working hard to introduce environmentally friendly initiatives to the event for 2008.
The aisles within the exhibition hall are covered with carpet made from 100% polypropylene recyclable material and after the exhibition will be melted into pellets and used to make motor parts, plastic crates and flowerpots.
The official Showcase bags handed to visitors at the event will be made from 100% recyclable material.
The show guide will be printed on paper made from 50% recycled material.
The official electrical contractor will be encouraging exhibitors to use lower energy light bulbs.
The fluorescent lighting provided as standard in the shell scheme stands at the event is the most energy efficient means of illumination.
Paper recycling bins will be located around the hall that can be used by exhibitors and visitors.
Tony Reed, executive director at the BDTA said: ‘We take our commitment to preserving the environment seriously and are always looking at new ways to be more environmentally friendly. This year we have looked at all aspects of the exhibition and reviewed activities which take place before, during and after the event in order to reduce waste and encourage recycling wherever possible.’