Food festivals to be free of single-use plastics to support Cleaner Coastlines campaign
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:30 20 December 2017
Single-use plastics which can be harmful to the environment and wildlife will not be used at Weston-super-Mare's next food festival, the organisers have confirmed.
Eat: Weston took place for the first time this year, replacing the Weston super Food Festival, and 2018’s events will support the Mercury’s Cleaner Coastlines campaign.
The Mercury is working with the Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to gain plastic-free coastline status for Weston.
One of the criteria is to reduce the use of single-use plastics such as straws, cups and condiment sachets.
The festivals in Weston and Burnham-on-Sea next year will be free of all single-use plastics and biodegradable alternatives will be used instead.
Both Weston and Burnham town councils have approved a plastic-free coastline motion to support efforts to reduce plastic.
Festival organiser Sarah Milner Simonds said: “We live and work by the coast and see the effects of poor waste management daily.
“We hope our actions help to support the positive actions by Weston and Burnham town councils’ commitments to the Cleaner Coastlines campaign.
“Eat: Festivals has an environmental impact, requiring transport, energy, water, materials, and producing waste and generating emissions.
“They have a lasting social impact on the local communities.
“We have an opportunity, through our festivals, to inspire visitors through a raised awareness of environmental and sustainability matters, sharing our management decisions on reducing our environmental impact in partnership with our crew, our sponsors, local authorities, suppliers and traders is one way.
“We have worked hard with our producers and waste partners to come up with a solution for waste management which allows our producers and visitors to minimise their impact on the environment.
“Alongside our other 24 sustainability goals we hope make a positive difference through our festivals.”
The events will take place in Weston on April 7 and September 22 and in Burnham on May 26 and October 27.
Businesses can apply to take part in the festivals at www.eatfestivals.org