As much as I love being zero waste, it can be challenging at times. There are so many things that I want to do to be as zero waste as possible but sometimes I get defeated because our infrastructure isn't always set up to make being green easy. This summer I was asked to be a part of the Vines Art Festival being held at Trout Lake in Vancouver on August 22nd and talk about zero waste.
The Vines Art Festival is an interactive day where artists of all kinds interact with the environment around them. The founder, Heather Lamoureux, wanted to focus on sustainability as a theme throughout the festival. She even fed her volunteers fruit she cut up and transported in glass jars rather than disposable packaged food; thumbs up for the green efforts that were made through and through!
Not only were the artists performing on Earth stages but there were talks about sustainability and the environment all through the day. I got to meet another local zero waste company Uproot, they take wood that would normally be thrown out and transform the reclaimed material into really cool projects with the aim of empowering other green businesses. (I have recently collaborated with them...stay tuned for some exciting news in the coming weeks). There were dancers interacting with the landscape, an art instillation by Lamoureux titled, What we Leave Behind, featuring discarded trash placed carefully around a lush tree. Easels set up throughout the park as an outlet for spontaneous creativity, local artisan vendors and much more. This festival was all about art, community and appreciating the world we live in.
It was incredible to see the sense of community that came together to create an artistic and sustainable event. Whenever I feel challenged, I think of this day and all the people that came out to support this green initiative. I believe if we create different avenues surrounding the topic of reducing our carbon footprint, we create awareness and in a matter of time it will become the mainstream.