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.
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.
The move follows Government 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 Liverpool restaurants and bars, Neon Jamon, Tribeca, Three Piggies and Porky’s Ski Hutte, welcomed the move. He said: “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.”