What way can festivals employ Green Procurement?

Green procurement is the purchase of products and services that have a lesser impact on the environment over their lifecycle compared to competing products or services serving the same purpose. This practice can be effectively used by festivals to reduce their environmental impact. Here are some ways they can employ green procurement:

  1. Sustainable Materials: Use sustainable materials for building festival infrastructures like stages, stalls, and seating. This includes materials that are recyclable, made from renewable resources, or have a lower environmental impact in their production and disposal.
  2. Eco-friendly Products: Choose products that are eco-friendly. For example, use biodegradable plates and cups at food stalls or recycled toilet paper in restrooms.
  3. Local Sourcing: Source locally wherever possible to reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. This could be local food suppliers, local artists, or local service providers.
  4. Green Energy Suppliers: Choose energy suppliers who generate power from renewable sources.
  5. Sustainable Merchandise: If the festival sells merchandise, make sure it’s made sustainably. This could be t-shirts made from organic cotton, reusable water bottles, or posters made from recycled paper.
  6. Green Vendors: Choose vendors and contractors who are committed to sustainability. Ask about their environmental policies and practices.

By employing these strategies, festivals can help promote sustainability and reduce their environmental impact. Furthermore, they can set an example for attendees and other businesses, promoting a wider culture of sustainability.