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August 26, 2019

Earth Friendly Event Rentals

Earth Day is next Monday, April 22, but that doesn’t mean that Earth friendly habits can’t continue all year.  If you’re trying to be more green, consider renting instead of purchasing. Not only is it more cost effective and easy, it also benefits the Earth in some major ways.

Cost

In 2017, the average wedding cost around $25,764 when all was said in done.  While the average wedding cost varies based on factors such as region, attendees, and other variables, this was the estimate for the United States.  Renting with LinenTablecloth saves you on average 50% or more compared to purchasing.

The most common tablecloth size is a 120 in. Round Tablecloth which provides a full drop for standard 60 in. tables. Current purchase pricing for a standard polyester is around $6.  Compare that to renting for $2. We’ve created a comparison for a 150 guest wedding complete with chair covers, runners, and tablecloths below to give you a rough idea of the savings.  Please note that for this estimate, we used 14 x 108 in. Satin Table Runners in the calculations, which are not available for rental.

QuantityPurchase PriceRental PriceSavings
Tablecloths19115.1437.8177.33
Chair Covers150247.5142.5105
Table Runners1911.97n/an/a

Quantity was determined seating about eight people per table. Determine how many tables you’ll need by using our free Event Layout Tool.

With the money you save from renting, you can upgrade to premium tablecloths and wow all your guests!

Ease

One of the biggest questions we get from customers  that purchased their linen, is what to do with it next. So much planning goes into setting up, that the clean up is often overlooked.  Instead of throwing the linen away, or trying to wash and resell it, rent. The linen is shipped straight to you, and you just need to ship it back within five business days of your event ending.  You can find out more about the rental process by clicking here.

Environmental Impact

No matter what your view on climate change and global warming, we can all agree that landfills are wrong on multiple levels.  They take up valuable space, pollute the earth, and are an eyesore with the trash. Did you know the average landfill size is 600 acres?!  To put that in visual terms, one acre is about the size of a football field without the end zones. One landfill is then about 600 football fields.

If you think that’s bad, check out these other quick facts from the Environmental Protection Agency:

  • ~230 million tons of “trash” are thrown away each year in the United States alone
    • That equals about 4.6 lbs per person/day/year
  • Less than ¼ of this trash is recycled; the rest is incinerated or buried in landfills
  • Landfills received 10.5 million tons of MSW textiles in 2015 alone
    • 7.6 % of landfill trash is from these MSW textiles

Those textiles include event decor such as tablecloths, chair covers, and table runners which are sadly usually only used once or twice and then thrown away. They’re then put into a landfill where they release methane, a harmful greenhouse gas.  Dyes and chemicals from the linen eventually is absorbed into the soil and water system. When you rent, those materials are generally able to be reused at least thirty times.

Being environmentally friendly also saves money. According to Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain, “The average charge for unloading or dumping of waste at a landfill or transfer facility is about $44 per ton. Keeping textiles out of landfills would save the US economy more than $375 million per year in these fees alone.”

So, if you’re feeling a little conscientious about how your life affects the grand picture, consider rentals. You’ll be doing yourself, and your home planet, a favor.

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