Jamaica Food and Drink Festival 2018 Goes Biodegradable

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

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In its fourth staging, the Jamaica Food and Drink Festival (JFDF) returns with not only an amazing line-up, but also a focus on reducing its environmental footprint. In keeping with its parent company CB Foods' Live Better mantra, starting this year, JFDF has pledged to use biodegradable foodware throughout the series.

The culinary extravaganza kicks off on Saturday, October 20, leading into an entire week of exciting events. Patrons will be wowed by over 50 local and international chefs, but this year, the yummy offerings will be elegantly served on biodegradable plates, in an effort to reduce single-use plastics. To help make this dream a reality, JFDF is happy to partner with IngenBio, distributors of certified compostable foodware.

IngenBio's mission is to inspire zero waste and move towards a “circular economy” where the products we use can safely return to the earth without harming the environment. Their compostable products break down into what looks like soil under the right environmental conditions, and can actually improve the nutrient content of soil. These materials are surprisingly sturdy; while some even look and feel like plastic, they are in fact made from natural materials. And to further ensure that the foodware is disposed of responsibly, the National Solid Waste Management Authority has agreed to receive and compost these items at their up-and-coming compost facility.

While the Jamaica Food & Drink Festival is about repositioning Kingston as a destination city through food, festival organisers realised that preserving the environment and landscape in which we graciously host our events was equally important. And without hesitation, JFDF transitioned to biodegradable plates and cutlery, made from natural materials like sugarcane and corn fibres, which naturally break down in the environment or in a compost heap within four to six months. This bold switch will result in significantly less plastic pollution, and help to preserve our home.

A cleaner, safer environment is critical to boosting Kingston's hospitality and tourism potential and our everyday lives. JFDF applauds the Government of Jamaica for its bold move to ban plastic bags, straws and styrofoam, and hopes that other individuals will play their part in changing how we approach garbage and the environment.

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