Following in the footsteps of Starbucks - who recently declared their plan to phase out plastic straws by 2020 - Evenko announced that they too will eliminate single-use straws from several of their summer festivals, including Osheaga.
According to a source, the chief operating officer of Evenko declares that protecting the environment is a priority for this major event production company.
This comes as no surprise, as Evenko produces a ton of events that cater to a young ecologically and socially conscious audience.
That said, the plastic straw ban will be effective for the following festivals: ’77 Montréal, Heavy Montreal, île Soniq and the YUL Eat Festival.
The eco-friendly efforts don't stop at plastic straws. Evenko will be implementing the following improvements to truly demonstrate their commitment to creating events that are more eco-conscious.
Styrofoam use from food trucks is prohibited, and all food kiosk will be required to use reusable containers and cutlery.
Evenko will collaborate with STM to provide festival-goers with easy and cheap access to festival locations.
Lastly, at Osheaga, water dispensing trucks will be present to discourage people from buying expensive single-use plastic bottles. So don't forget to pack your reusable water bottles!
Overall, this is great news, and we hope that other Montreal festivals will do their part to minimize the environmental cost and impact of their events.