So this morning, the conversation continued. I suggested that perhaps we came up with an alternative post conference use for the mighty lanyard. That was intriguing. We threw some ideas out quickly. It was like a twitter brainstorming session. Tahira suggested creating clothing perhaps? I suggested creating tote bags out of the lanyards and then THAT got me thinking.
In 2008, I attended the Vancouver GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference. At that conference, there was a gentleman from...I believe Japan (not sure...so sorry) who said that at a festival there, the attendees are given a bag to collect their garbage, bottles, etc. that they used that day and to drop it off when they left. The creative aspect to this, is that all the plastic bottles that they collected, were used to create the plastic bags that were then given out at the next festival. I was blown away by the creativity and imagination. Wow!
So...we return to today, 2011 and the conversation is about post event uses for the lanyard. Here is my suggestion for a use. Collect the lanyards at the end of the event (which many of us do already), and use them to create "one of a kind" conference tote bags which will be either given out at next year's conference or they can become an exclusive item and sold at next year's conference. They can be created by local artists which will make them really unique. Perhaps an auction could be held where attendee's could bid on this creations......
Please share your thoughts and yes, I will be passing this along to the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Conference committee LOL!
Thanks to Heidi and Tahira for inspiring me this morning!