The EKKA and environmentally friendly aren’t really terms you’d think of in the same sentence but the good news is you can still have a fabulous day at the Show and not make a huge impact on the planet. We’ve created an eco-guide to navigating the Ekka the conscious way.
- USE AN E-TICKET:
Use an eTicket. Instead of printing your ticket unnecessarily, use your phone and present it to be scanned at the gate. It’s always on you and you won’t have to worry about losing a piece of paper!
- BRING YOUR OWN BAGS:
Picking up souvenirs like hand-made pieces from the Art & Craft hall, Chocolate covered Macadamia’s from the Woolworths Fresh Food Pavilion all need to be carried with you until you can get home and enjoy them. We recommend bringing your green bags or calico bags from home and having them on hand instead of accepting a plastic bag.
- CHOOSE YOUR PACKAGING:
We know, this is not as easy as it looks! There is single-use food packaging EVERYWHERE at the show but we have noticed a shift in what the food & beverage vendors are offering now. Go for the cardboard bowls, the paper bags, the wooden sticks and the novelty cup that you can take home (and even use for beverages for the rest of the day!)
- CARRY A REUSABLE BEVERAGE VESSEL:
There are SO many beverages consumed not just by you, but by the thousands of people that visit The Ekka. Just think how many disposable single use coffee cups, plastic water bottles along with slurpie and beer cups are being tossed away after one use. Most people drink more than one beverage at the show! That’s hectic! Do the planet a favour and bring a reusable cup to use for your drinks. It may do your wallet a favour too with some vendors offering a small discount for bringing your own vessel. Yay!
- SAY NO TO STRAWS:
Even our kids are realising that straws are detrimental to animals and the environment. What seems like a convenient way to keep your upper lip from being cold/hot and wet, it really does make a difference if you say “no thank you!” to a plastic straw.
- BUY SHOWBAGS FROM COMPANIES WHO USE RECYCLED PLASTIC:
Did you know all of Chicane Showbag’s plastic bags are created from recycled plastic? We also have a range of our showbags in paper bags and in reusable bags removing the plastic all together!
EXCITING NEWS ABOUT RECYCLING AT EKKA!
For the first time, the Ekka will provide purple bins for recycling through the Containers for Change Program, raising funds for the RNA Foundation (RNAF). There will be 50 easily accessible purple bins around the Ekka for visitors to recycle plastic bottles and aluminium cans. For every bottle and can recycled, money will be donated to the RNAF. The RNAF raises funds to aid agricultural heritage preservation, agricultural education and agricultural awareness and development.
LET EKKA KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!
Don’t just take our word for it. If you see ways that Ekka can improve their Greenness then get in touch and give them your tips! Support a greener Ekka! You are the eyes on the ground and we all have a part to play in looking after the Earth.
The Royal Queensland Show (the Ekka) is on from 9 - 18 August 2019 at the Brisbane Showgrounds.
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