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An interview with Ecologi

We know that events celebrate some of the greatest days of our lives, but we also know they can have a long-lasting impact on the planet and generate large-scale emissions. That's why we've partnered with Ecologi to help directly fund global green projects and reduce the events industry's carbon footprint.

We recently caught up with Dennis Hettema, Head of Business Development at Ecologi, to find out more about their mission and why carbon offsetting is essential.

Can you tell us about Ecologi's mission, and why it's so important?

Turn on the news, and it's instantly apparent that the world hasn't taken enough action, climate change is an issue that all of us need to address now. At Ecologi, we aim to make climate action simple and affordable for everyone because it's a problem that affects us all. Our partnership with Feast It is an excellent example of making climate action simple.

What projects does Ecologi support?

Every month all of our members automatically support two new projects. These range from natural projects such as Peruvian protection of the Amazon, to humanitarian action like repairing water boreholes in Eritrea and a nice mix of renewable projects such as solar power and landfill gas capture initiatives worldwide. Our climate committee vets all projects to make sure that our members only support the absolute best that's out there.

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Why do you think offsetting an event is so important?

The first step is to make sustainable decisions on your suppliers and materials, yet it's technically impossible to run a climate positive event without offsetting and tree planting. Even with the best of intentions, your event will still have a negative impact in some way. That's why offsetting is absolutely essential.

It's very popular, indeed. People are gravitating more and more towards sustainability as a gift, and our profile pages give a nice and tangible experience for the recipient.

What are some great ways people can reduce their emissions in day-to-day life?

There are so many small changes that you can make, for example, using a lid when cooking reduces energy usage. I know it sounds cheesy, but every little bit does help. If you'd like some help with behavioural change, check out platforms like Count Us In.

If you'd like to learn more about carbon offsetting your event with Feast It, click here.