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Wapiti Music Festival 2016 Reusable Cups

Friday • August 5, 2016

Wapiti Music Festival Sustainability Initiative Introducing 100% Recycled, Reusable Steel Pint Cups

The Wapiti Festival Music Society is pleased to announce they have received a shipment of reusable high quality stainless steel cups from Glogg World Ltd.

“These absolutely gorgeous cups are made from 100% recycled steel in the land where stainless steel was invented,” said Randal Macnair, Wapiti Music Festival beverage garden coordinator. Randal spotted an article about how Glastonbury Music Festival in England would be using British-made reusable stainless steel cups at their festival in 2016 and forwarded a link to the Wapiti organizing team.

“We want to reduce the waste from and improve the sustainability of Wapiti which is why we’ve purchased a beautiful and durable cup for beer and cider,” said Wapiti president Kevin McIssaac. “Thanks to the generous support from Fernie Brewing Company’s (FBC) ‘Cheers to Charity’ and a partnership with United Steel Workers (USW) local 9346 could make the move to a more sustainable cup. This couldn’t have happened without the support of our many community partners and the folks in the UK as well. Thanks to Glastonbury’s leadership in sustainability Wapiti is able to be the first festival to bring these cups to Canada.”

“As soon as we heard about this initiative we knew we wanted to be a part of it,” said Alex Hansen, President of USW 9346. “The cups are spectacular and I’m looking forward to enjoying a few tasty pints at Wapiti next weekend!”

“It really makes us happy to support Wapiti and see the funds we raised on their behalf go to the great use of improving sustainability at an already much-loved Fernie event,” said Murry Pask, president of Fernie Brewing Company.

Wapiti is also pleased to announce that beer and cider service will be 100% waste free this year as those who choose not to purchase a reusable steel cup will be able to use compostable cups.

“Thanks to the Regional District of East Kootenay’s recently launched municipal composting pilot and our improved recycling, composting, and waste management systems we will be able to keep all the cups out of the landfill this year,” said Ryland Nelson of Wildsight and Wapiti’s Waste Management Coordinator.

The 6th annual Wapiti Music Festival runs next weekend, Friday August 12th and Saturday August 13th in the beautiful Annex Park in Fernie, BC. Tickets are still available for this volunteer run event at http://wapitimusicfestival.com/.

For more information contact:

Kevin McIssaac – Wapiti Music Festival Director – 250 423 8769, admin@wapitimusicfestival.com

Lucy Smith – Glastonbury Music Festival Sustainability Coordinator – 44 (0)7814 678 356, lucy@glastonburyfestivals.co.uk

Helen Smith – Glogg World Ltd. Managing Director - 44 (0)7974 950 385, helen@glogg.co.uk

Alex Hansen – United Steel Workers 9346 President – 250 531 2666, aquilarising33@me.com

Abi Moore – Fernie Brewing Company Sales and Marketing Manager – 250 423 7797, abi@ferniebrewing.com

Ryland Nelson – Wildsight Southern Rockies Program Manager – 250 531 0445, ryland@wildsight.ca

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