Calabria is a region in the south of Italy (the point of the boot) which is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea counting 720km of beautiful and diverse coastline. Although Calabria is one of the poorest regions of Italy both coasts grant of a high richness in biodiversity (1). It is estimated that the Mediterranean sea hosts 17000 marine species (2) and considering the central position of Italy it is fair to say that a very high number of species inhabits this area.
Plastic fragments have been found in the livers and stomachs of local sea bass and swordfish (3) (highly consumed in the mediterranean diet) and many other marine species. The fault can be found in negligent producers, poor waste management, and unconscious consumers.
It is estimated that plastic constitutes 60-80% of all marine litter and is increasing at an alarming rate (4). This doesn’t only affect marine life, which can mistake plastic as food and die of starvation or get entanglement, but it also affects us because plastic ingested by marine life release toxins that can be passed on through the food chain and end up on our plates.
Italy is one of the highest consumers of plastic bottles in Europe with numbers increasing each year. We want to avoid feeding the sea with more trash so here at La Guarimba we pledge to reduce our single use plastic consumption.
Here is a list of things will try to achieve in 2018:
- Create awareness.
- Install recycling bins in the communal park where the festival takes place.
- Avoid single use plastic by:
- Selling reusable water bottles and installing refilling stations.
- Using reusable beer cups with a small deposit, which can be either returned, or refilled with beer at a lower price.
More sustainability aims:
- Print flyers and programs on 100% recycled paper.
- Renewable energy (either solar or bicycle) to power the projector and the inflatable screen.
- Offset carbon footprint.
If you don’t use Paypal, you can make a deposit to:
LA GUARIMBA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
IBAN: IT 06 D 01030 80600 000003911003