Help us green our festival!

Make our festival plastic-free!

9 tips for living with less plastic Burren Slow Food FestivalWe shamelessly stole this slogan from the Kilkee-based initiative of almost the same name, “Make Kilkee plastic-free”. This initiative was only started in 2018, and with the start of the new season, many businesses have joined the scheme and pledged to implement ideas to drastically reduce the amount of disposable plastic products like cups, cutlery, bags and straws.

We want to follow their example and green our festival as much as possible.

Our Mission:

We want to raise awareness of the dangers and madness of using disposable plastic containers, cutlery, cups and bottles by making our festival as green and sustainable as possible. We will be clearly messaging the “Green our Festival” mission and spread the sustainability message far & wide to visitors, stakeholders and communities.

Our Main Goals – simple actions:

We are giving information on appropriate producers of replacement products (see below) and want to achieve our mission through specific measures such as:

  • Incentivising festival visitors to bring their own tea and coffee cups by reducing the price of hot take-away drinks

  • Asking the traders and stall holders to use/offer for sale re-usable non-plastic products including bags, cups and bottles

  • Implementation of a refundable deposit scheme for crockery and cutlery to cut down on plastics, or getting re-usable crockery and cutlery on loan for the duration of the festival for all traders to use.

  • Working with local authorities to ensure waste segregation of festival litter bins

  • To offer environmentally transport options

 

Burren Cup v single use cup at Burren Slow Food Festival

 What can everybody do to make this festival a greener one?

If you are a festival visitor, you can…

  • … car pool, take public transport, stay overnight or share transport with friends and family

  • … ask the traders and stall holders if their cups, straws, containers, bags etc. are re-usable

  • … bring your own cups, or buy the Geopark Bamboo Burren Cup at the festival!

  • … place any rubbish in the right bins (waste segregation)

 

If you are a trader / stallholder, you can…

  • … introduce a refundable deposit for crockery

  • … reduce the price of hot (or cold) take-away drinks when customers present themselves with their own cups

  • … use only cups, straws, containers, bags, napkins, cutlery etc. that are made from recycled materials (napkins) or can be re-used. Very important would be to let the customers know that you use green materials through signage. Consumers are much more environmentally aware these days, and it could make all the difference for your business!
    See below for sources of “green” products.

  • … sell glass bottles instead of plastic bottles, or at least cans (more easily recycable)

  • … use big dispensers or bottles of sauces and ketchup instead of little sachets, sugar pots instead of sugar sachets etc.

    Sustainable materials at Burren Slow Food Festival
    Images by Rob Bye and Drew Taylor on Unsplash
  • … recycle and bin your rubbish in the right bin containers

 

Sources of sustainable container-ware

Down 2 Earth Materials

Vegware

JFK Disposables

Brennan Catering Supplies

Biodegradable.ie for bags and pouches of all kinds

Ecostore.ie for all kinds of eco-friendly products

Nisbets for wooden cutlery and more (careful, they list wooden & plastic cutlery on the same page)