WordCamp Phoenix is only a scant two weeks away, and already it’s sounding like a unique WordCamp event. Organizer Amanda Blum passed on some interesting information to us about the upcoming event: the event will be swag-less and zero waste. As far as we know, it will be the first WordCamp to achieve both.
Swag, or stuff we all get, is typically given to attendees at all WordCamps in bags that include handouts from sponsors and sometimes speakers. Blum and the other organizers have opted out because, as she puts it, “no one uses that stuff anyway”. While t-shirts and other non-disposable swag will still be handed out, the sponsors and speakers at WordCamp Phoenix are being encouraged to forgo the typical postcards and flyers for more organic interaction with attendees.
In addition to swag-less, Phoenix will be zero waste. All items at the event will be recyclable, down to the silverware at lunch made of corn starch. Rather than a limitless supply of plastic cups, for example, a “very finite” number of cups will be available, plus markers to write your name on your cup. The move to zero waste is afforded WordCamp Phoenix by the involvement of Global Green Integrators, a Phoenix startup that provided a discount to the event.
Would you miss swag-ing and polluting at WordCamp Phoenix? Or is this something that other WordCamps should adopt as well?