It’s no secret that modern society creates more waste than is necessary. In fact, many of us unconsciously contribute to creating waste by consuming more than we need on a daily basis. Single-use items such as paper napkins, disposable utensils, plastic packaging and Styrofoam containers are just some of the materials that advance the problem.
Whilst waste may seem an inevitable result of a contemporary lifestyle, there is a better way – it’s called zero-waste living. Simply, the concept of zero-waste living is to minimize the generation of refuse by making better choices. We can choose to refuse disposable items, recycle materials that are a potential resource, reuse valuable items and support sustainable business.
Although Trinidad and Tobago is ranked as one of the highest producers of waste in the world, the problem is one that is actively being addressed. Through community efforts and positive example, society can be transformed with zero-waste living practices. The annual New Fire Festival (NFF) encourages this transformation over a three day festival experience.
Grounded in principles of ecological mindfulness and sustainability, NFF is a transformational festival experience that acts as a catalyst for positive social change. Zero Waste means that single use plastics or other disposables will not be allowed on site. Festival goers, vendors, workshop facilitators and volunteers bring reusable items and ‘leave no trace’ At the festival, guests are provided with the opportunity to experience a new world where they reduce what they need, reuse as much as they can and send little to be recycled.
NFF aims at leading the way in Trinidad and Tobago, and the region as a whole, to sustainability all while showcasing culture and talent with a festival spirit. NFF 2018 will be held 23rd to 25th March at Ortinola Estate, St. Joseph, Trinidad. Activities include live music, art, dance, food, play, yoga, workshops and family camping.