New products were also launched including the grow-your-own oyster mushroom pack from the Espresso Mushroom Company, which recycles disused coffee granules from coffee shops and uses them as a breeding ground for the mushrooms.
“We’re delighted with the success and feedback from exhibitors and visitors to the south east’s very first Eco Technology Show,” said the show’s commercial director Nicola Gunstone.
“Local homeowners learnt how to reduce their carbon footprint and live in a more sustainable way, and business owners picked up tips on creating more environmentally friendly business practices.
“We will definitely be back next year with a bigger show with more features for visitors to enjoy.”
Running alongside the exhibition was new trade event Smart Business Conference, which investigated sustainable growth opportunities for the private and public sectors and featured debates from MPs from all lead parties including Caroline Lucas (Green), Greg Barker (Conservative) and energy minister Norman Baker (Lib Dems).
The Eco Technology Show was created by commercial director Nicola Gunstone and co-founder Michael Yeoman, who are assisted by event director Bill Mauseth, sales manager Rip Gill and sales executive Jim Mitchell.
UBM has moved a step closer towards the acquisition of US organiser Advanstar.
The American firm, valued at US$972 million (£599 million) specialises in fashion, licensing, life sciences and powersports events.