Footprints Ecofestival - Greening the festival
Sunday 25 August 2019, 11am-3pm
Whites Creek Valley Park, corner Piper and Smith Streets, Annandale
Greening the Festival
Footprints EcoFestival isn’t just about showcasing sustainability in our Inner West community, it’s also about showing how to run a sustainable festival. So how is Inner West Council doing this?
It will be Council’s first single-use plastic free event. All vendors have agreed not to use any single-use plastic bags, water bottles, straws, coffee cups, containers or cutlery on site.
Once again festival-goers will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee in a reusable Ruzi cup. Ruzi cups can be dropped in collection bins around the festival site and volunteers will be present to explain the event’s waste collection system.
All food waste will be collected and processed off-site in an industrial worm farm and composting system.
For the first time, the event will include a Reuse Hub to promote reuse, sharing and repair of items. Stalls will include The Clothing Exchange, The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre, Inner West Tool Library, Etelage and Inner West Seed Savers. There will be a clothing swap, seed swap, plus repair of broken e-appliances and jewellery.
These actions take the Inner West another step towards becoming a zero waste community.
Sydney Water will be providing drinkable water on site so attendees can bring their own reusable water bottle and fill it up.
Festival-goers are encouraged to walk, cycle or catch public transport to the event. Bikes can be left in a secure location with Bike Sydney providing a bike valet service. Pedal Ed will be holding free bicycle maintenance workshops throughout the day.
An electric car and scooter display will introduce visitors to more sustainable travel options.
Council will have stalls at the festival promoting sustainable living including Go Solar, Urban Ecology and Resource Recovery.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their own water bottle, coffee cup, bags and cutlery to the event. Cycle, walk or catch public transport to the event.
Want more information about Inner West Council's sustainability programs? There are many projects underway across the Inner West.
More details can be found on Council’s Environment and Sustainability page.