This year's Way out west there will be no plastic plates, cutlery or straws of plastic. These are some of the disposable plastic items that the EU has banned from 2021. Something that is thus anticipating by taking that step already at this year's festival.
- With this initiative, in the long term, we want to remove all disposable plastic items in our business, reduce the use of plastics in general and strive for increased recycling. We all sit in the same boat with plastic floating around us, says Niklas Jonsson, festival director Way out west.
What will you use instead?
- There are various products such as wooden cutlery and plates and other materials other than plastic, which are made of maize and other.
Niklas Jonsson, festival director Way out west. Several hundred years
Every year, about eight to thirteen million tons of plastic are estimated to be found in nature and the seas around the world. It states the festival management in a press release.
- In other words, we need to not only reduce plastic production but also ensure that all plastic is handled properly. Plastics that end up in the wild or the oceans have degradation times of up to several hundred years.
However, you continue to use plastic glass, why?
- We have looked at replacement products, but there is not much today. Even paper cups have a plastic film, which perhaps not many people know. We hope that next year we will also remove the plastic glasses, ”says Niklas Jonsson.