I DO FESTIVALS GROUP PARTNERS UP WITH OLIO
What better way to end food waste than joining up with OLIO?
When we waste food, we’re not just wasting food. We’re also wasting all the resources that went into growing it. This comes with a heavy carbon footprint as well. When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane - a potent greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide. Growing and transporting the food that goes to waste emits as much carbon pollution as 39 million passenger vehicles. The global food system is responsible for up to one third of all human-caused greenhouse gas emissions, making it one of the largest contributors to climate change.
So, to stop contributing to these awful effects on the environment, we are excited to announce our new partnership with OLIO!
OLIO is aiming to help the planet with their new sustainable food business. They connect communities with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, and not thrown away. This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. They have already accomplished a lot including gaining over 600,000 OLIOers; they have successfully shared 1,138,886 portions of food in 32 countries!
Here at I Do Festivals Group we are eager reduce our carbon footprint. The events industry is prone to excess catering, and sadly, we are no stranger to that. Owning The Street Food Catering Company, The Swine Waiter and our brand-new company, The Vegan Catering Company, we are often left with wasted food. Whilst we try our hardest to estimate quantities of food produce at our festivals, working with OLIO will mean that we will be able to salvage what we have left over instead of wasting it. By sharing and being more sustainable with our left-over food alongside our waste-free philosophy, which involves leaving nothing but memories and footprints to the venues we are passionate about working with, we have increasingly reduced the amount of plastic we have at our festivals and will be working with OLIO volunteers and their food waste heroes together to make sure we end food waste.