Greening Mariposa

greening initiatives

Mariposa Folk Festival is a leader in festival ‘greening’ initiatives.

We are the proud recipient of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario’s Award of Excellence for Sustainable Tourism because of our greening initiatives that began in 2009. In 2015, we had an 88% landfill diversion rate!

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Thanks to the dedication of our volunteers, audiences, funders and partners, we continue to make reductions in our environmental footprint, and great strides in the promotion of environmental education!

Mariposa Folk Festival decided in 2009 to go green in a big way.

Mariposa President and Festival Chair, Pam Carter talks about how it got started.

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In the first year, the festival diverted 77% of its waste away from the landfill site. Waste materials were comprised of 65% of organics or compostable material, and 12% of recyclable materials. The remaining 23% of waste generated at the festival was garbage and ended up in the landfill. In 2015, 88% of its waste was diverted from the landfill site.

Everything the food and beverage vendors at Mariposa serve their food on is 100% compostable. That includes the cups and glasses, bowls, plates, and utensils. Of course, all of the food scraps are compostable, as well!

In 2008, 17,000 beer cups went to the landfill.

Since 2009, that number has been reduced to zero, thanks to the introduction of compostable cups.

Mariposa is also water bottle free! Every year, Mariposa Folk Festival eliminates more than 12,000 plastic water bottles from the recycling stream by providing a hydration station so you can have access to free water. Please bring or purchase your reusable water container.

Our Solar Trailer is used to power the late night Hootenanny Stage in the camping area!

Mariposa is also water bottle free! Every year, Mariposa Folk Festival eliminates more than 12,000 plastic water bottles from the recycling stream by providing a hydration station so you can have access to free water. Please bring or purchase your reusable water container.

Mariposa also encourages sustainable transport. Please use our shuttle buses, carpool, take public transport or, best of all, cycle to the festival. Our bicycle compounds and racks continue to expand for your use, thanks to the Orillia Active Transportation Committee! You can walk or ride along the Gordon Lightfoot Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) from downtown Orillia, directly to the festival site.

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Mariposa contracts with printing companies that are Forest Stewardship Council certified for our posters, programs and other printed materials.

HOW CAN I HELP?

If you are picnicking or camping at Mariposa, please plan ahead in support of our waste diversion program. Pack reusable dishes, compost your leftovers and, if purchasing supplies, please choose clearly labeled compostable items! Try to leave no trace.

You are the key to helping Mariposa Folk Festival stay in tune with nature for today and all generations to come:

  • GET CHARGED – Get on clean energy and try out the cycle-powered phone charging stations.
  • RESPECT WATERS AND LAND – Every action creates impact – thank you for refraining from using any soap in the waters and dumping wastewater on the lowlands of J.B. Tudhope Memorial Park!
  • COMPOST – Everything served at MFF – all food items, drinks – including all cups, containers and utensils are compostable! Yes, everything! Just compost.
  • GET EDUCATED – Please ask our Green Team volunteers if you’re not sure of what bin to use. We are here to help!
  • GET IN MOTION – Bicycle, use public transportation, or carpool.
  • REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE – Bring one and enjoy the hydration station! This is a plastic bottle-free event.
  • REDUCE THE WASTE – Please consider packing reusable items whenever possible and take the time to sort your leftovers and waste.

Do you want your festival or event to go green too? There’s support all around.

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