Swagless is more

We want SpringOne Platform to be the first swagless tech conference! This year, Pivotal and participating sponsors are going swagless in an effort to be more conscious of the environmental impact of producing clothing and other promotional products.

Instead of spending our budget on swag, we’ll be donating it to the four nonprofits below. The amount of money that goes to each organization is up to the attendees, so we’ll need your help.

Why we’re doing this

Although swag giveaways are popular at conferences, the reality is that most of it ends up in a landfill and the environmental costs of producing it are staggering. We feel a responsibility to do our small part to change that.

It’s wasteful.

An average American throws away approximately 80 pounds of used clothing each year, adding up to more than 15 million tons of used textile waste.

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It’s hazardous.

Textile production discharges high volumes of water containing hazardous chemicals into the environment. Globally, 20% of industrial water pollution is attributable to the dyeing and treatment of textiles.

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It’s costly.

Of the material used to produce clothing, less than 1% is recycled into new clothing, representing a loss of more than $100 billion USD worth of materials each year.

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You decide where the money goes

When you arrive in Austin, you’ll receive a physical token along with your registration materials. This token represents a dollar value. Near the registration area, there will be collection boxes representing each of the four nonprofits. You can also collect additional tokens by interacting with participating sponsors at their booths in the Community Hub (sponsor expo hall). Simply drop your tokens into the box associated with the nonprofit that you want to support.

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Feel good—you made a difference.

These are the incredible organizations we’re partnering with:

Black Girls CODE is aiming to increase the number of women of color in the digital space by empowering girls of color ages 7–17 to become builders of their own futures through exposure to computer science and technology.

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The Nature Conservancy is a global environmental nonprofit working to conserve the land and waters on which all life depends.

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The Last Mile prepares incarcerated individuals for successful re-entry through business and technology training.

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Custom Collaborative is a workforce development program that trains and supports women from low-income and immigrant communities to launch fashion careers and businesses.

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Participating nonprofits will receive 100% of the donated money.

Are you a sponsor interested in participating in the swagless campaign? Please email sponsorS1P@pivotal.io for more information.

Swagless sponsors

Are you a sponsor interested in participating in the swagless campaign? Please email sponsorS1P@pivotal.io for more information.