Sept 23-26, 2020

Philadelphia, PA USA

Sustainability Program

Our Mission

New Hope Network is proud to continue our Sustainability Program at Natural Products Expo East 2020. We recognize our trade show has an impact on the environment. Through our Sustainability Program, we are striving to identify, understand, and address these impacts to achieve continual improvement year after year. Our areas of focus continue to be: waste management, energy and water conservation, sustainable procurement, and community engagement.

Our Single-Use Plastic Goal

Did you hear? We are setting a lofty goal to eliminate single-use plastics from our show! Check out our big announcement and see what this means for you here!

Click the plus sign to see what we're doing in each category!

What the show is doing...

New in 2020, New Hope Network is featuring "The Plastic Rainbow"! This 85' art instillation is made from 10,000 upcycled water bottles that would have been destined for a landfill. This art piece makes a big, beautiful statement about eliminating single-use plastic and will help to spread awareness about the need to clean up our water sources.

Our Partner

In conjunction with raising awareness about single use plastic, New Hope Network is making a donation to The Ocean Cleanup. This is the largest ocean pastic collection effort in history and is making huge waves when it comes to salvaging our world's water!

What our show is doing...
  • New Hope is going single-use plastic free by the year 2022!
  • A full back of house sort occurred during the show to maximize waste diverted from the landfill.
  • 3-bin systems (recycle, compost, landfill) were placed throughout the entire Expo East campus. 
  • Staff meals were served on china and with silverware.
  • Box cutters were provided to help break down cardboard so more can be recycled.
  • Designated cardboard drop-off areas allowing more cardboard to be captured.
  • We provided resources to help companies source non-plastic sampling options.
  • GES offers in booth recycling and compost service for exhibitors.
  • Eliminated foamcore and prohibits styrofoam from the show.
What the show is doing...
  • Metrics tracking of energy, water and waste during move in/out and show days.
  • No HVAC during move in/out.
  • Lighting is set to a reduced level of 50% during set up and tear down days.
  • Escalators are shut off during move in/move out.
  • Plastic single-use water bottles have been eliminated.
  • Condiments and beverages are provided in bulk rather than individual servings.
What the show is doing...
  • Encourage shipping/freight through SmartWay freight partners.
  • Creation of Travel Green/Save Green program to incentivize attendees to utilize public transportation to/from the show.
  • Enforcement of non-idling ordinance of 5 minutes or less for suppliers and exhibitors.

Travel Green/Save Green

Qualified Retailers, Distributors (Brokers and Importers/Exporters), Food Services Industry Members and Healthcare Practitioners attending the show can ride a regional bus or train to the show and Expo East will reimburse you up to $50.

Spend:                                              Receive:
$0-$14.99                                         $10 card
$15-$29.99                                       $25 card
$30 or more                                     $50 card

One roundtrip per qualified attendee, no exhibitor reimbursements, valid for regional (originating outside of Baltimore city limits) transportation, limited quantities available per day.

What the show is doing...
  • Allow all registrants to offset their travel through registration portal
  • We offset all staff travel to/from the show
Our Partner in 2019...

South Pole provided offsets for roundtrip staff travel the show.

What the show is doing...
  • Plastic single-use water bottles have been eliminated.
  • Condiments and beverages are provided in bulk rather than individual servings.
  • Styrofoam and Foamcore have been banned and eliminated from Exhibitor Service Kit (ESK).
  • Sustainable booth packages available through GES and the ESK.
  • Continued partnership with GES to procure more sustainable products including:
    • Recyclable signage
    • Reuse of banners and carpets-only recycling after several uses
  • The Show Directory Map is printed on FSC certified paper, which ensures products come from responsibly managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits.


What our sponsors did in 2019 and will continue in 2020...

Show Bag Sponsor 

  • Each show bag was made of 2 recycled plastic 16.9oz water bottles. Therefore creating 10,000 show bags saved 20,000 plastic water bottles from a landfill!
  • These plastic show bags can also be recycled at the end of their life, similar to a #1 plastic bottle.

Lanyard Sponsor

  • The fabric of the lanyard is made of a post-consumer polyester waste called Repreve Polyester Fiber.
  • This fiber is made of 100% recycled plastic water bottles. 
What the show is doing...
  • We encourage attendees to participate in the hotels' linen reuse program
  • All straws have been removed from F&B services unless specifically requested
What the show is doing...
  • A Sustainability Kiosk highlighting exhibitors that participate in the program.
  • Our exhibitor newsletter has sustainability tips to help exhibitors improve their sustainable practices.
  • We created a Exhibitor Sustainability guide to make the most out of your show!
  • Our Exhibitor Sustainability Survey encourages exhibitors to develop and implement sustainability initiatives for their show experience.

What the show is doing...

What our sponsors did in 2019 that will continue in 2020...

Diversity in Naturals Networking Event

Diversity in Naturals Networking event is a Happy Hour where people of all races, cultures, genders, backgrounds and orientations of the natural products community come together to celebrate and recognize our individual differences.

Community Benefit Concert Sponsors 

The Friday Community Benefit Concert on Eutaw Street brought together the natural products industry to benefit Baltimore City’s youth and featured live music. We are so excited to move this same event to Philidelphia in 2020!

Attendees will actively participate in loading up backpacks with healthy food, donated by our sponsors, for the local community. 


Our Partner in 2019

We partnered with local non-profit, Living Classrooms, to donate our backpacks filled with healthy snacks that were then distributed to the Baltimore area youth in their programs.

What the show is doing...
  • Our energy consumption metrics are collected for duration of event.
  • Carbon offsets for convention center.
  • RECs (Renewable Energy Credits) are purchased for energy usage.
  • No HVAC during move in/move out.
  • Lighting levels are set to 50% during move in/move out.
  • Enforcement of non-idling ordinance of 5 minutes or less for suppliers and exhibitors.
  • Created travels offset options that can be activated during the registration process. 

Our Partner

We partner with South Pole to offset the carbon impact of staff travel to and from the Natural Products Expo East Show.

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