Greening Policy of the LK8 Conference
The Local Organizing Committee is strongly committed to make the 8th Living Knowledge as sustainable as possible in environmental and social sense. We are openly devoted to the values of social and environmental justice, we pay special attention to diversity, gender equality and participation.
Our sustainability policy aims to adopt, apply and promote principles that can contribute to make the event more sustainable and to encourage participants to be environmentally and socially conscious. We are committed to engage an ongoing discussion with the major stakeholders, such as participants, suppliers, catering providers, conference committees, track chairs, volunteers, local community groups, etc. in order to be able to integrate the sustainability principles into the organization and management of the event.
Our sustainability strategy aims to cover the following principles:
- Minimizing the environmental load of the conference package and information materials.
- Reducing waste quantity and promoting recycling at the venue.
- Selecting subcontractors and other service providers (e.g. catering) based on environmental and social merit.
- Offering accommodation options are in walking distance from the venue.
- Giving attention to intergenerational relationships and to involve socially disadvantaged people (NGOs and civic organizations dealing with intergenerational relationships, homeless, and marginalized people).
- Prioritizing gender balance in composition of the speakers and the program.
- Using participative decision-making strategies during the planning, inviting all organizers to express their opinion and thoughts, and making decisions together on the basis of consensus.
Catering providers were selected based on multiple criteria related to sustainability. We compiled a guideline for caterers and we used a multi-step selection process in order to choose the most appropriate catering companies. According to our guidelines, our caterers guarantee that various menu options are offered at the main meals and vegan/vegetarian food is more widely available than meat.
We preferred short supply chains, thus meals that prepared with local, seasonal products will be provided. If some products cannot be local (e.g. coffee), these will have a fair trade label. We ensured that the catering companies know the number of participants as accurate as possible in time to avoid food waste.
We also preferred small enterprises against big providers. With this principle our goal was twofold. First, we wanted to support small, local and environmentally conscious catering providers, who are usually less competitive in the global market against big, multinational rivals. We are convinced that with this event, we will provide an opportunity for them to network and cooperate with similar entrepreneurs. Second, with choosing several small providers instead of one, our goal was to promote the great variety of local gastronomy and create the atmosphere of a real Hungarian food fest in the conference.
Our caterer providers are the following:
Bistro No Waste
Bistro No Waste takes eco-friendly eating to a new level! Zsuzsa Keve decided to create a Budapest bistro that is almost entirely waste-free – made possible by serving food on edible plates, which is provided with biodegradable cutlery, too.
The plates are made in industrial environments with press machines, and their inner surface is shiny because of a heat treatment that allows them to retain liquid for 15-20 minutes. We can bake bread in them, and put them in the freezer or the microwave – although at Bistro No Waste, there’s no microwave, deep fryer, or palm oil to be found. Their cleaning products are environmentally friendly. The entire place produces only 3-4 liters of trash each day, excluding what can be composted.
The plates are also a great composting material, as they break down completely in just 30 days. The wheat bran and PLA-based knives and forks, while not edible, take about the same amount of time to decompose. The spoons are made from sugar cane to better withstand the hot soups, but are also biodegradable.
Katlan Toni is a group passionate about catering. We mix traditional Hungarian kitchen with modern gastronomy trends. We keep local kitchen treasures while creating refreshed versions of old recipes for today’s taste and requirements. Our dishes are made from quality ingredients and lots of love. Katlan offerings are always tailor-made. At outdoor events, catering services, weddings and gourmet festivals our aim is to see satisfied guests and partners. Their reviews are the most important references for us.
We love flavours. Our aim is to show incredible taste of ingredients, which often gets lost among the exaggerated number of colours and amount of spices. For a mixture of apple and quince itself in a soup is perfect and inimitable; you just do not need anything to add.
This is the principle we keep in mind every day while cooking.
On our menu we offer home-made soups, sandwiches, salads and dessert cups. Our homely dishes are made with quality vegetables and meat, seasonal fruits. We strive to provide a variety of options all year long that fulfils twenty-first-century expectations, while vegetarians and meat-lovers can both enjoy our dishes and people with food allergies won’t have to keep away from delicious bites as well.
We believe that the simplest thing are the best in life, overcomplicating them will just cause headache and stress.
It is the same with food and eating. The human organism is beautifully complex, yet it works best with the purest and most naturalistic components.
Creating our dishes we aspire to use inland ingredients and to apply modern kitchen-technologies to provide the best quality in our juices and lunches.
Wonder Juice is nothing else as a simple, cold-pressed juice, containing only three components: fresh vegetables + fruits + “spices”
Combining these three in the right proportions gives the perfect experience, which helps to fulfil our daily vitamin need while tasting amazing. By drinking a bottle of fresh juice a day you are truly making your first step towards a healthier and more conscious lifestyle.
Remember: health is a matter of choice.
Mantra Specialty Coffee is a coffee sanctuary, a little cosy coffee shop in the heart of Budapest. We serve specialty grade high quality coffees roasted by Rubens Gardelli 4 times Roaster champion of Italy. You can find coffees from different regions, which are representing the tastes of the micro climates, processing and so on, because they all make a big effect on how the coffee beans will taste. We offer vegan cakes as well, they are homemade, really delicious and simply perfect on the side of a good cup of joe.
We paid special attention to reduce waste quantity to minimal level. We provide reusable materials throughout the catering: dishes and containers based on ceramic and glass, metal cutlery, glass cups and/or other reusable glasses, cloth napkins. There will be no PET bottles or plastic cutlery.
We encourage participants to bring their own reusable drink container (e.g. cup, thermos). For those, who cannot bring their own container, we offer a biodegradable bamboo mug. The mug is reusable thus it can be used on other events (or later at home) too.
We ensure the correct disposal of waste from the catering service, including the separation of recyclable materials. We work with a small entrepreneur Zöldövezeti Társulás who can help the participants to collect waste correctly and ensure the recycling of compostable elements too. If it is necessary to use disposable materials, we choose those which are made from recycled or plant-based material, and are recyclable. The paper used should be chlorine-free.
Food waste will be collected by a local NGO, Budapest Bike Maffia. The members of the organization deliver food, toys, or useful things essential to life by bike to the people in need. Their goal is selfless assistance to homeless people and poor large or small families. (for details on their activity, see http://bbm.hu/en/)
No paper policy
We applied a no paper policy in our conference. We decided not to prepare a conventional conference bag with printed programs and other informational material. Instead, we developed a mobile application ‘LK8 Budapest’’, where you can find all the necessary information including programme, maps, details of other participants etc.
Bring your own badge!
Related to the no waste policy we encourage participants to bring their own badge from home. We decided not to provide new badges for the participants with LK8 logo only a small piece of paper with the participant name and affiliation. This way we can reduce waste and resource use related to the conference.
One of our goal was to support local social enterprises and provide opportunities for them during the conference. Therefore, we invited social entrepreneurs, whose aim is to maximize social impact and improvements in human and environmental well-being alongside profits. We also ordered products of social enterprises to give as a prize for the Best Poster. During the conference, you can find and buy the products of Matyo Design, Romani Design, Kabinet Galéria and Real Pearl Foundation, Kockacsoki and the Zsámbok Organic Garden at the registration desk.
Cargonomia – bicycle smoothie machine
Gain an appreciation for low tech, human powered solutions with the bicycle smoothie machine and reward yourself with a delicious treat afterwards. Visit the Cargonomia team’s stand at the LK8 confernence during the coffee and lunch breaks!