The Des Moines Arts Festival is putting the "art" in Earth with a new plan for sustainability efforts.
The June 23-25 arts and culture festival set a goal to produce zero waste by diverting it from landfills with its "go green or go home" initiative, according to a news release.
The event takes place each year during the last weekend in June at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, but this year the festival's sustainability team will be on the ground to ensure things stay green and Earth-friendly.
Belle Du Chene, a marketing strategist for the event, said the festival's organizers have aimed to be green for years, but this year they're taking it to a new level.
"We have been kicking it in gear since 2013 to be more environmentally friendly, but this year we are dead serious about being zero waste," Du Chene said in an email. "Through recycling and composting efforts since then, we have reduced our landfill waste tonnage from 7.39 to 4.25. Our goal is to reduce it to zero."
Seventeen waste stations will be on-site, accommodating recyclables, compost fodder and landfill waste. Boy Scout Troop 111 from Grimes will be there to ensure that materials are sorted and not contaminated
Vendors at the festival will be required to use biodegradable plates, utensils, napkins and containers, while beverages will be sold in cups that can be composted or bottles that can be recycled.
Generators and refrigerated trucks will be run on a biodiesel fuel blend.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bike, rather than drive to the event, and DART will provide complimentary rides for volunteers.
Finally, organizers ensured there'll be no paper trail to the festival — just using electronic correspondence and advertising.