our travels to
Recycle Bins: I know that this is
not a new or unique idea, but it is one of the first steps in “Going Green”.
Unbelievably, there are still a number of events that do not recycle! Recycling
is not the innovation, but how it’s done can be!
Potable Water: More
and more events are seeing plastic water bottles as a “waste”, both in the use
of manufacturing energy and long term land fill. As a result, some festivals
and events are bringing in large containers of potable water for their
visitors. Although we haven’t visited the Hillside
Folk Festival in
Re-Usable Water Bottles: In conjunction with the potable water, both the Hillside Folk Festival and the Toronto Zoo are selling re-usable water bottles with their logos imprinted on them. They get two bonuses while helping preserve our planet, profit from the sale of the water bottles and advertising with the logo imprints.
Re-usable Plates and Cutlery: Some festivals are now only selling food on re-usable plates with re-usable cutlery. By doing this they are drastically reducing the amount of waste. The Shelter Valley Folk Festival does this and has been for a number of years. When their festival first began, they invested in plates, glasses and cutlery. Now all of their food vendors are required to us festivals plates and cutlery. Lang Pioneer Village at their Dine and Shine event offered a variation of this idea. They encouraged visitors to the event to bring their own plates and cutlery. All those that did had a chance to receive a great prize. This was a well received “Green Promotion”!