SK Events, the company behind Liverpool Food and Drink Festival, Liverpool Spring Festival and Manchester Eats, has launched an initiative to keep its events free from any plastics that may be harmful to the environment.
As part of the initiative, all restaurants, cafes, bars and producers across the three festivals are being encouraged to sign a pledge to only serve food and drink in containers that are biodegradable.
Traders are also being urged not to use single-use plastic straws in drinks.
SK Events’ plans to eradicate environmentally damaging plastics from its festivals have been revealed just days after the Government outlined proposals to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste from the UK within 25 years.
Denise Harris, Director at SK Events, said: “As a responsible organiser of a number of large public events and festivals, we are working towards making sure all our events are free from environmentally damaging plastics by 2019.
“At this year’s Liverpool Spring Festival, Liverpool Food and Drink Festival and Manchester Eats, we are urging all traders to voluntarily replace harmful plastics with more environmentally friendly alternatives. Next year, it will be a mandatory requirement.”
Dominic Levi, owner of Neon Jamon, Tribeca, Three Piggies and Porky’s Ski Hutte, welcomed the move. He says: “It’s really encouraging to see event organisers initiating change when it comes to sustainability at festivals.
“We’re all increasingly aware of our environmental footprint and there really is no need to keep on using damaging materials when there are plenty of alternatives available that are kinder to the planet.”
More than 30,000 visitors are expected to flock to Sefton Park for Liverpool Spring Festival from 29 – 30 April and an estimated 50,000 visitors are expected to attend Liverpool Food and Drink Festival when it returns to Sefton Park from 15 – 16 September. The inaugural Manchester Eats event will take place at Heaton Park from 7 – 8 July.