Our latest #EcoChampion case study is The Coffee House Project - A new 2-day coffee festival launching in Bristol in September. Sofia and Louisa tell us why it's important for them that this is a sustainable event.
Karen: Hi Sofia and Louisa. Thank you for being this week's #EcoChampion. Exciting times launching your first festival! Could you start by telling us a little bit about the festival and how it came about?
Sofia: The Coffee House Project is the first of its kind in Bristol. It will be taking place at the Passenger Shed on the 7-8 September. It will be a caffeine-fuelled celebration of the best the city has to offer!
Louisa: This two-day coffee festival focuses on local, artisan roasters, independent food and drink retailers and home-grown baristas. With up to 50 exhibitors, workshops, a public roasting competition, plus gourmet street food and DJ’s, no other event captures Bristol’s vibrant coffee scene in quite the same way.
Karen: Sounds fantastic! I know you're working hard to make this a sustainable festival which is great. Could you talk us through this decision and why it's important to you?
Sofia: Sustainability is one of the most important issues currently facing our world and is finally taking centre stage within the news. Events and festivals can produce piles of unrecyclable items and we would love to move a step away from this! This festival is only a tiny microcosm of the wider debate but you have to start somewhere, right? I think people are starting to have a conscience when it comes to doing their bit, and even if only a few people go away from the weekend thinking about how they can play a small part in helping the environment, then we are happy with that!
Louisa: By asking our roasters to use compostable products, we are also spreading the word to the wider coffee industry, as ultimately it is the end consumers that will put the pressure on to ensure they feel they are being sustainable through their buying choices.
Karen: At BioPak, we're very proud to have been asked to support your event. You will be using both our compostable cups and food packaging at the event?
Sofia: Yes, we will be using BioPak products on our bar to replace plastic. We love the ‘I am not a plastic cup’ product and think our Bristol visitors will too. Our roasters will be using the hot drink cups to serve up some tasty coffee and our street food traders will be using BioPak’s food packaging for all their delicious food. We chose BioPak as we love your ethos and wanted a solution that was eco-friendly and sustainable.
Karen: It's great that the festival will be a sustainable event from its infancy. Do you see other events following suit, and what would be your advice to them?
Louisa: Yes, absolutely. I think soon it will be deemed mandatory to be as sustainable as possible at events. With large numbers of visitors, your heart does sink when you go away from a festival and see so much rubbish that you know will be headed straight to landfill. I think a big starting point is to encourage people to bring their own water bottles and offer drinking water on site. And replacing plastic with compostable alternatives like we are doing with BioPak's packaging.
Karen: Thank you so much for your time and for considering BioPak for your festival. We wish you all the best in the run-up to the event and we hope your first event is a great success.
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The Coffee House Project takes place at the Passenger Shed on the 7-8 September 2018. To buy tickets or find out more, visit their website - www.thecoffeehouseproject.co.uk.