LANYARDS - most lanyards are not recyclable, and end up thrown away or stuffed in a memorabilia drawer. Midwinter wants to reduce our lanyard use, and needs YOUR help!
While we will have a small numer of run-of-the-mill-nothing-fancy lanyards on hand for those who need them, we are encouragin our guests to BYOL - Bring Your Own Lanyard. We want to see your favorites! We want to see your most distinctive! AND we'll reward you for your conservation efforts!
Bring Your Own Lanyard and you'll receive EXTRA ENTRIES into our daily on-site drawing (more details on that to come).
So dig through those drawers, select your very best, and help us make a difference! Bonus points if you find creative ways to upcycle your lanyard collection!
Badges - As in previous years, your Midwinter Badges will be available for pick up at Convention Registration on the 5th Floor of the Hilton beginning at 8:30am Thursday, January 13th.
By not mailing your badges we reduce our paper use, and avoid additional carbon emissions created by transportation.
PROGRAMS - No matter how many or few copies of the program we order, they seem to reproduce on their own and we sadly trudge the leftover boxes to recycling each year. While we can't eliminate all paper use yet, we can work to reduce how much we use.
As a first step Midwinter will no longer print an on-site program for the show. Digital schedules will be available on our website, and we will provide a reference copy of the event schedule in several high traffic areas throughout the convention space. Staff will be happy to assit you in locating events as well!
SINGLE USE PLASTICS - This one is a bit more tough, all things considered over the past year. Our Stadium Cup is supposed to help eliminate single use plastic cups, but for health reasons concessions is not able to fill them directly. We also have a small number of branded plastic shopping bags in our inventory, and will use them until they are gone. No further orders will be placed for plastic bags.
LOCAL SOURCES - Shopping locally has a myriad of benefits for the environment as well as the economy. Midwinter has always purchased local "whenever possible", but we are committed to redoubling our efforts to source local in every circumstance unless we are absolutely unable to find a provider for the service we need. On-site event supplies and printing are two of our biggest opportunities where we can make a difference by switching to local vendors instead of what appears most convenient.