16 Jan Los Angeles Vegan Event Planner Digs Deep into “Sustainability”
Los Angeles vegan event planner Nicole Hay, Founder and Owner of full-service company Everlasting Vegan Events, operates on a foundational mantra of no harm to animals, humans, or the planet. What began as a passion project for Hay has since become an inspirational model for the unlimited potential of beautiful and sustainable luxury events. A recent bride herself, Hay’s mission is to bring awareness to the simple changes that can dramatically transform an entire industry for the better… and get the average 400 pounds of waste per wedding as close to a carbon-neutral zero as possible.
An Eco-Friendly Approach for All
But this modern event-planning approach isn’t just for vegan and vegetarian brides – it’s for everyone. “We’re simply taking the hard work out of crafting a luxury event with the smallest possible footprint,” explains Hay. “Not everybody lives a 100% vegan lifestyle, and we totally get that – we aren’t the ‘vegan police.’ We’re just trying to cause a little less harm to animals, people, and the planet by digging a bit deeper into what ‘sustainability’ really means.” To Hay and her team, it means using no animal products, nothing with pesticides, and no plastics. Flowers are organically cultivated and recycled post-event, either through donation to a hospital or retirement home, or pick-up by a resale company.
A Cost-Effective (and Tasty) Solution
Concerned about the price tag that accompanies such an eco-friendly focus? Not to worry. Everlasting Vegan Events tries hard to keep costs in the same ballpark (or lower) as the more traditional competition. “Vegan events aren’t necessarily more expensive than non-vegan,” Hay reports. “Sometimes, they’re even less so because there isn’t any meat involved.” In addition to cutting back on animal products, Hay gives us her top two ways to plan an earth-friendly event like a pro:
- Repurpose, reuse: “It’s so easy to repurpose flowers. You can donate them, send them home with guests, or take them home yourself. And cutting down on plastics and paper is HUGE- things like reusable straws and dishes make a big difference!”
- Donate for the greater good: “One event creates SO much food waste. Instead of tossing the excess, donate it to a local food shelter or send it home with friends and family.”