Fes­ti­val to go green this year

Event is plas­tic bag free

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

THE Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic has gone green for 2018.

For the first time in its six-year his­tory the event will be plas­tic bag-free, straw-free and of­fer­ing re-us­able bot­tles and cups.

Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor El­lie Han­lon said these ini­tia­tives were a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for an event that took place in the heart of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

“At the ticket of­fice last year, ev­ery­one was ask­ing for plas­tic bags to take their mer­chan­dise home in and I just thought, ‘we can change this’,” Ms Han­lon said.

“And the amount of plas­tic waste from a cou­ple of thou­sand peo­ple hav­ing a fresh cup with ev­ery drink of wa­ter or spir­its is mam­moth.

“We can’t do it with beer for hy­giene rea­sons but by of­fer­ing re-us­able cups for those types of drinks I’m hop­ing we can at least halve our waste.”

Hav­ing joined the grow­ing list of busi­nesses signed up to the Whit­sun­days’ No Straw Cam­paign the fes­ti­val has com­mit­ted to hav­ing no plas­tic straws in the main tent at Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club and has asked each of the other 17 venues to fol­low suit.

“We’re on the edge of the Bar­rier Reef – we don’t get any closer than this – there’s no other fes­ti­val on the ocean like us so we just felt there had to be a bet­ter way,” Ms Han­lon said.

Tourism Whit­sun­days CEO Tash Wheeler said these en­vi­ron­men­tal in­tro­duc­tions should not be un­der­es­ti­mated.

“I think we all need to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our foot­print and if we all im­ple­ment the things we can to make a dif­fer­ence, what a dif­fer­ence we will make,” Mrs Wheeler said.

Fes­ti­val-branded cal­ico bags, which make a great sou­venir in their own right, will be avail­able from the ticket of­fice and main stage mer­chan­dise stall at a cost of $5. Re-us­able cups will cost $5 and branded wa­ter bot­tles will be avail­able for $10.

These can be used in any of the fes­ti­val venues and re-filled from two wa­ter sta­tions in the main tent.


RE-USE THE THEME: Margie Mur­phy, El­lie Han­lon and Lisa Stockow with the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic's new eco-mer­chan­dise.

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