Environmental Responsibility

#LoveWhitstable
#LeaveNoTrace

Whilst all this frolicking in the streets, tantalising of taste buds and general adventuring is going on, #WOF18 is also making moves to reduce the festival’s impact on the local environment.

We’ve been listening to and learning from Whitstable’s greatest asset – the Sea. The Sea has played some seriously strong PR moves recently and for 2018 in conjunction with some pro-active Whitstable change-makers, we’ll be bringing the call to reduce damaging disposable plastic waste front and centre.  It’s not going to all magically disappear overnight, it’s a step by step game, but some first important ones will arrive at the festival in 2018.  Step by step.

There will be a number of ways to join in and learn about this theme throughout the festival, including community beach cleans and workshops, but getting started is easy – just remember: #LoveWhitstable #LeaveNoTrace

What we’re doing: Practical actions
Festival Vision 2025: Pledge to reduce carbon usage by 50%
– Food Fair packaging: Only compostable food packaging allowed
– Crew Water: No single use plastic drinking bottles used
– Litter Picks: Targetted litter picking at hotspot locations and beaches

What you can do: Practical actions
– Use bins or take your rubbish home: Sounds simple – is simple
– Join the Beach Clean: Look out for more info to come
– Volunteer with local groups: We will have information available at the event sites
– Attend workshops at the Horsebridge Arts Centre to create up-cycled parade sculptures

Grotters #WOF18

Had an amazing weekend at the Whitstable Oyster Festival? Finish as you mean to go on… take part in the second WOF Community Beach Clean 8:30am tomorrow at Horsebridge Beach @FreeWhitstable @MarineEnvironmentGroup #LoveWhitstable #LeaveNoTrace #WOF18

My parade sculptures in @Oyster_Fest parade 2018. I have been making them for the last month at the @horsebridge as part of #thewasteline project with colleagues volunteers and local community groups #WOF18

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