As you know, positive impact is central to our ethos and as part of that, we’re excited to announce the next step in our journey towards being totally plastic free.
Wonderfruit has joined Plastic Pollution Coalition, “a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, waterways and oceans, and the environment.” We’re inspired and honored to be among more than 650 member organizations and a growing number of individuals and thought leaders and with PPC’s help, we’ve revamped and upgraded our plastic reduction policy for this year. Here’s what’s included:
- No single-use plastic allowed on site. Wonderers, we encourage you to bring your own bamboo or steel flasks and bottles; we’re even selling official Wonderfruit ones that you can use while you’re in the Fields and take home with you.
- All vendors are required to use compostable tableware. Whenever you buy a dish, it’ll be served on a plate and with cutlery that will break down naturally. Wonder Feasts will be served on areca nut palm leaf plates and elsewhere in The Fields, you’ll be eating off bagasse, which brings us to…
- All drinks cups are made from bagasse. Last year’s cups were made from Bio Mat, which is biodegradable but still takes time to break down. So this year, our drinks cups are made with bagasse, the fiber that remains after sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juice. With minimal processing and chlorine free bleaching, it’s turned into a woven high-strength paper that is both biodegradable and compostable.
- Stainless steel cups are also available. Even better than compostable cups, why not buy your own limited edition Wonderfruit stainless steel cup made by Klean Kanteen? In return, we’ll reward your dedication to re-use by giving you cheaper refills and shorter queues for drinks. A win win!
- A solution for our drinking water cartons. While they’re not yet completely plastic-free, we’ve found a way for them to be recycled and made into roof tiles.
And these measures are just the beginning. With Plastic Pollution Coalition on our side, we’re hoping to push the boundaries further and further, and aiming to inspire and encourage other events and organizations to join us on this plastic-free journey.
For more about PPC, check out our interview with CEO Dianna Cohen on Episode 4 of Wondercast – our podcast.
Meanwhile, check out PPC: on their website you’ll find lots of useful guidelines on how to make your life a little more plastic free and reduce your own plastic footprint; plus there’s some plastic-free gear that has PPC’s stamp of approval.