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Sustainability at core of PATS
10th September 2019

Two major initiatives have been introduced to make the 2019 PATS Telford show the most eco-friendly yet.
 
There is to be a new prize – the Green New Product Award – for the most sustainable or ecologically-friendly product submitted to the exhibition’s New Product Showcase, sponsored by pbwnews.
 
In addition, show organiser Gordon Thomas has pledged to plant 100 trees in conjunction with The Woodland Trust, to ensure the UK’s No.1 pet industry exhibition is doing its bit for the planet.
 
PATS began its journey towards increased sustainability two years ago, and the new moves are the latest in a long line of initiatives.
 
The Green New Product Award will be judged from all the entries to the New Product Showcase, which every year features the latest in innovation from the pet industry. Head of Pet at Dobbies Garden Centres, Sean Kelly, will be judging and presenting the new award.
 
ECOLOGICAL 
 
Gordon said: “This new award could be for a product that is sustainable or uses recyclable packaging, or both. Or perhaps it could actually be a recycled product. It will be very interesting to see how the industry is responding to current ecological concerns.” 
 
The partnership between PATS and The Woodland Trust is to plant 100 new native species trees. The trees will be planted and cared for by the Trust to ensure optimum conditions and maximum impact on the local environment.
 
Over their lifetime the trees will offset a massive 25 tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere.
 
“We believe that the biggest issue facing us all is our environmental impact on the planet,” said Gordon. “We all need to look at ways of protecting the environment and reducing our waste.” 
 
“The PATS team is aware that exhibitions can generate huge amounts of waste. Working with its contractors, the venue and with exhibitors, PATS will ensure it is doing as much as possible to reduce any impact on the environment and to limit any waste sent to landfill.”
 
These two initiatives will complement a number of additional sustainable practices that PATS and its venue, the Telford International Centre, are putting into place.
 
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
 
Others that will all make a difference to the planet include:
 
• Telford is working hard to become the UK’s first carbon neutral exhibition centre. It has a host of policies designed to reduce waste and pollution, including ‘switch-off’ procedure for all lights and electrical items, ‘engine switch-off’ policy for coaches within the car parks, dimmer switches in conference rooms and thermostatic controls fitted to radiators
 
• All visitors will receive recyclable paper ‘goodie’ bags instead of plastic
 
• Water dispensers and water points with recyclable paper cones will be available throughout the show. Use of refillable bottles is encouraged
 
• Visitor and exhibitor lanyards and badge holders are made from plastic. To avoid them ending up as landfill PATS is encouraging everyone to place them in the recycling dump bins as they leave, so that they can be re-used at future shows
 
• Tea and coffee for exhibitors will be available in fully recyclable ‘vegware’ cups
 
• The carpet that is laid especially for PATS will be removed to a recycling centre in Coventry so the polypropylene fibres can be cleaned, shredded and melted back into plastic pellets for re-use as more carpet, or other manufacturing components
 
• The venue now has bins that separate waste categories
 
• The Telford International Centre’s onsite water filtration system enables it to reuse glass bottles, reducing the need for plastic. Their water supplier is Wenlock Springs, a local Shropshire supplier.
 
A full and up-to-date list of exhibitors is available on the website www.patshow.co.uk together with information on how to reach the venue and regularly updated show news. The official show catalogue will be delivered free to more than 7,200 pet businesses with this month’s issue of pbwnews.