This year, the 5th Annual Boston Local Food Festival will be taking place on Sunday, September 14th, from 11am-5pm on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In addition to featuring a wide variety of local food vendors, demos from local chefs, a DIY station, live music and more, the festival also strives to be a zero waste event.
When a festival or event is “zero waste,” it means that 90% of the waste is recycled, reduced or reused, and thus it also means that the event strives to leave the smallest possible impact on the environment. The Boston Local Food Festival works in various ways to achieve this goal, one of which involves its close partnership with long-time festival partner and sponsor, Save That Stuff (STS). STS is a Boston-based, company leading in Zero Waste Services. Each year, STS sets up Zero-Waste Stations throughout the festival that are all equipped with separate bins for compost, commingled recycling, and trash. They also provide the necessary training and resources to festival staff to ensure their continued success in this mission.
Vendors, exhibitors and attendees also play a huge role in achieving zero waste. Vendors and exhibitors assist by only serving on biodegradable dishes, by using as many recyclable materials as possible, and by composting any food scraps. Festival goers can contribute by bringing their own forks, spoons and, reusable bags. No bottle water will be sold on-site, so attendees are encouraged to bring their own reusable water bottles as well! The Sustainable Business Network of MA has partnered with Boston Water and Sewer Commission this year to provide free, local water to all attendees from their travelling water truck! Attendees can also help reduce their impact on the environment at Boston Local Food Festival by walking, cycling or taking public transportation to the festival, and by signing up as a zero-waste volunteer.
Boston Local Food Festival’s zero-waste volunteers are crucial to minimizing waste by maximizing composting and recycling during the festival. They stand by the disposal bins to educate the crowd about where waste should and should not go, as well foresee that all festival-goers are disposing of their waste correctly.
This year, the Boston Local Food Festival is looking to increase the amount of waste they diverted in 2013, making it yet another successful zero waste event. In addition to that, and in an effort to be even greener, they have partnered up with Hubway to provide an easy and eco-friendly way for attendees get to and from the festival. There are multiple Hubway stations located in the area so grab your water bottle, jump on a bike and come join in on the fun! Learn more about Boston Local Food Festival on their website at BostonLocalFoodFestival.org!