As Shomo is all about sustainability, the Shomo team has pledged to evaluate their practices and minimise the event’s footprints continuously. On this page, the team members highlight their efforts with the hope to inspire other event organisers to think outside the box and rethink events.
After Shomo, participants will not bring home Shomo merchandise like T-shirts or gadgets. The Shomo team does not want to order the manufacturing of new things that event participants might never use again.The Shomo 2022 team uses second-hand bought shirts with custom-made Shomo prints. The Shomo 2020 team originally made these, so we reuse the reused. This way, people can easily spot us wherever we go.
Out with the new and in with the old
In general, the team tries never to buy new. Second-hand or would-be-waste materials play a huge part in the Shomo venue.On the other hand, everything new, like posters, custom-made for Shomo, is made so that future Shomo teams can reuse them. That means no dates, location or similar info is printed, and long-lasting materials are used. The team also makes sure that the materials used have as small a footprint as possible.
In 2020, the Shomo team was permitted to collect so-called “single-use” rugs/runners left behind after other events at Telakka. The team picked up heavy rolls for months, carrying them a couple of blocks, slowly filling up a cellar compartment. When Shomo 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic, the team donated the rugs to a contractor, who uses them as indoor floor protection while, for example, painting.
Recycling is always a visible part of the Shomo venue. The team also aims to be responsible for as little waste as possible, avoiding single-use stuff and encouraging participants to bring their own water bottles and coffee/tea thermoses.
A small carbon footprint
An essential part of sustainable event organising is being aware of one’s carbon footprint. Along with the steps mentioned above, to minimise Shomo’s carbon footprint, the team have made sure that:
- At Shomo, served food and snacks are plant-based
- The Shomo venue is in proximity to public transport (Startup Sauna is close to both metro and bus stations, and soon enough, the Jokeri Light Rail)
- Online participation is available to those who would have had to travel far to get to Shomo
In addition, the team has been making sure their practices have been as emission-free as possible throughout organising the event.
Equality and equal treatment
The Shomo team takes social sustainability just as seriously as environmental sustainability. Therefore, the team has developed the following:
- Equality policy and safe space rules
- Harassment prevention and action plan
All team members and some volunteers are well-versed in both.