COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 20, 2018) – This year’s Sustainable Midlands Holiday Market will be a zero waste event. It’s an effort by Sustainable Midlands to show a commitment to the environment while highlighting the work of local artisans, craftspeople, and small businesses. The event, in the 11th year, is a fundraiser that simultaneously meets many of our mission related goals: supporting the local economy, supporting the environment, and celebrating the midlands area community.
Sustainable Midlands is partnering with Smart Recycling, the University of South Carolina, and Rosewood Market and Deli to accomplish this goal. Recycle bins and compost bins will be on site to collect recyclables an
d food waste during the holiday market. The food waste will be collected and transported to the ReSoil composting facility in Blythewood, SC. There, the materials break down into a nutritious soil amendment that is good for plants and people.
“Our members want to support the livelihoods of residents who fish and recreate in the many rivers and streams surrounding Columbia, and single-use plastics has shown to be a detriment to those livelihoods” says Sustainable Midlands Executive Director Jason Craig. “Ten years ago, coordinating a waste-free event was difficult and expensive, but this has changed, and soon, waste-free will be the norm and not the exception.”