The end of August generally sees the winding down of the summer festivals. Not so for the Edinburgh MELA which burst into life last weekend. Communities and cultures came together to participate in Scotland’s biggest multicultural event and celebrate the best in world music and dance. Colourful costumes, incredible music and an electric atmosphere made for a truly wonderful celebration.
You can’t have a good celebration without food though, so the Global Food Village was once again a beacon of delicious and delectable delights that tantalised taste buds and satisfied stomachs. These meals taste all the sweeter given that the MELA is fully committed to sustainable packaging. All traders are contractually obliged to use only fully compostable packaging, including knives, forks, plates, cups and containers. This saves mountains of plastic and polystyrene from ending up in landfill.
Vegware, the company that works with the MELA to satisfy all of its packaging needs, is the only completely compostable packaging company operating globally. Their catering disposables are low carbon (their cutlery has 90% less embodied carbon than plastic), made from renewable and recycled materials, and all can be recycled along with food waste
Check out this video to learn more about the steps that the MELA has taken to be sustainable and the role that Vegware has played in this:
[Top image courtesy of Vegware]
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In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
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