Zero Waste Food Festival Tips

Last weekend I went to the Peterborough Vegfest and tried to be as zero waste as I could. Vegfest was amazing with over 70 vendors. I wasn’t perfectly zero waste. I bought vegan loaded nachos from Rescue Dog on a paper plate, and a vegan mac and cheese pizza pocket wrapped in saran wrap from The Hearty Hooligan. I also took a gift bag… I know I should work on my ability to refuse which leads me to the tips.

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1. Refuse

-Try as best you can to refuse plastic and disposables

-Try and refuse any samples that involve plastic cups, mini spoons etc. Or do what I did and share the sample with a friend if you really wanted to try it

2. Bring a Water Bottle

-Bringing a water bottle was the best idea. It was so hot we were melting and the fest had a refillable water station

3. Bring a Jar/Mug

-I brought a mason jar with me so I could buy drinks and didn’t need to worry about finishing them

-I got an iced oat milk latte and an iced lavender oat milk cappuccino from Kit Cafe and both times got 25 cents off because I brought a jar

4. Bring a Container

-I brought a stainless steel tiffin set with me and used it when I bought a donut vegfestttt

-I wanted to use it for all my food but the line up for the nachos was insane and I didn’t want to add to the chaos. Make sure you try and time using your own containers so that you don’t add any stress, and you don’t have to worry about it

5. Bring a Tote Bag

-This is the most important tip.

-I brought a canvas bag with me and used it soooo much. It made buying things easier and I could keep my water bottle in it.

I hope that helped! Add any more tips you have below.

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One thought on “Zero Waste Food Festival Tips”

  1. I would throw it in when you’re out at festivals like that (especially VegFest!) asking them why they are packaging things in Saran Wrap – it might as well be styrofoam! other than that I think the big thing is that people need to not be afraid of taking up the time of a vendor to mention this or to ask for something in better packaging – an extra 5 or 10 seconds won’t hurt anyone and might convince the person behind you to ask for the same thing 😁. one of my pet peeves is when you order something to go at a bakery or coffee shop that they automatically try to give it to you in a bag, so I insist they just put it on a napkin because I’m going to use the napkin, but the bag will be thrown away in just a few seconds.

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