“Some of the initiatives we’ve stolen from other festivals, but the cutlery is actually an idea one of our own came up with.”

 

 




It seems odd, but some dinner plates are meant to be rented, for the sake of limiting trash, That’s how organizers of the Calgary Folk Music Festival see it.

 




In previous years, the event’s $2 reusable plates — one of the fest’s environmental initiatives — which featured the classic picture of the folk fest cow were often pocketed, and sometimes even put up on festgoers’ walls.

 




“People liked them too much and kept them,” says Kerry Clarke, artistic director of the Calgary Folk Music Festival, laughing. “They think they bought them but, they didn’t really because they cost us $4 to make. So we really need them to return the plates. It’s hard to continue a recycling program year to year when the plates keep disappearing.”





So this year, Clarke came up with a new and more simple plate plan: The new reusable plates are plain white without the cow.





In addition, thanks to an innovation by Big Rock Brewery and Fabri-Kal, the cups at the beer gardens will be recyclable.





The cutlery provided to eat with is biodegradable because it’s made out of corn, one of the volunteer’s ideas.





“Some of the initiatives we’ve stolen from other festivals, but the cutlery is actually an idea one of our own came up with,” Clarke says.