Don’t throw name badges in the bin after an event – reuse them

How to re-use and re-issue your name badges at your next event or conference

Box for name badgesIf you run events or conferences, you’ll know that you never get back all those name badges you’ve spent time creating.

Usually, a big pile of them end up in the bin by the door. Or most commonly, the attendee doesn’t hand their name badge back in – and they end up in the bin by their door.

If you’ve spent time and money on your name badges and holders, this can be rather annoying.

Not to mention wasteful, and bad for the environment.

So what’s the answer?

There is a way you can reissue your name badges with a new name at your next event – using a rewritable card printer.

Rewritable card printers, like the Evolis Tattoo, are different to regular card printers in that they use rewrite technology rather than printer ribbons. The benefit of this printing method means that the print can be erased and new details printed time and time again, on the same card.

In fact, the same card can be erased and reprinted up to 500 times.

So rather than your name badges being one-use-only, they could carry on badging attendees at future events, and on, and on.

event name badgeThe benefits of using plastic cards for name badges

When you choose to print your name badges as plastic cards rather than paper, you’re making a statement that you value your attendees’ presence. They convey a more professional image, and are a valuable branding tool – one that’s on show for the whole of the conference (and appears in all the photographs).

Although more expensive than their paper counterparts, using rewritable cards means you’ll save money in the long run by reusing them, and help with your company’s environmental policy too.

Now you just need to ensure they get handed back in

The easiest way to do this is to set up a stand by the exit with a sealed box, asking people politely to drop their name badges through the slot as they leave. You could also add an incentive for doing so; say a bottle of champagne to the first card pulled out.

Using a sealed box protects your attendee’s privacy and is more secure, preventing unwanted guests from finding a name badge and gaining access without your permission.

Read more about rewritable card printers and rewritable cards.

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