Our colleague Ulrike Kiesel came back from Slovenia last week, bringing on site sustainable updates from the fair and the city of Ljubljana, as well as information on the sustainable regional produce that she came across during her stay.
First of all, there were regional products for breakfast at the Grand Hotel Union, for lunch, dinner, as well as snacks at Conventa. The food and wine were fresh and healthy, just delicious.
In the Grand Hotel Union and their bathrooms, you could see signs which ask to conserve water. All the documents in the hotel were printed on recycled paper. Together with Johanna Fischer, the managing director of tmf, Ulrike walked the distance to the Conventa exhibition ground, GR – Ljubljana exhibition and Convention Centre, in only 10 minutes, thus contributing to the reduction of carbon emissions in Ljubljana.
At Conventa, a great sustainable initiative consisted in using only glass bottles. You could therefore get as much water as you wanted and no plastic bottles were used for this process. Very cool and easy to adopt, right? There were many fruits at the exhibitors’ tables and fruit boxes in exhibitor hall as well, as a healthy alternative to the usual, unhealthy, sweet snacks.
In the entrance hall you could taste the potica, a traditional pastry which is an important part of Slovenian gastronomic heritage. Janja Strumbelj, the owner of “Le Potica” served the pastry all day long. We hope you didn’t miss it.
In a brief city tour through Ljubljana, Ulrike could also observe the many bicycle stands available, the new information point set up as the city is the European green capital 2016 and was above all mesmerized by the many green public spaces all around the Slovenian capital.
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