The European Outdoor Conservation Association (Eoca) said that its Plastic Pledge proved successful at the recent OutDoor by Ispo trade show. The organization launched its Plastic Pledge, which aims to reduce single-use plastic waste at trade shows, just two months before the start of the Munich event, which ran from June 30 to July 3. Nearly 60 percent of the Eoca members who were exhibiting at the show signed the Pledge.

Exhibitors committed not to use or provide single-use plastic bottled drinks and to make available a source of drinking water for visitors and staff to refill their own bottles and mugs throughout the four days of the show. One Eoca member reported having reduced its overall waste from its stand by 75 percent, Eoca said.

Messe Munchen, the organizers of the trade show, also supported the initiative by providing free drinking-water fountains and washing-up facilities in each of the exhibiting halls. In addition, it removed 70 percent of the single-use hallway carpets, which would only last the four days of the show. A kiosk selling reusable mugs and bottles was also set up in the East Entrance, for those who had forgotten to bring their own.