In the first in a series of sustainability initiatives around the 2020 XTERRA World Tour, the season-opener at XTERRA Wellington on February 1 has committed to reducing waste and environmental impact by doing everything it can to reduce the impact it has on the landscape.
Running several initiatives concurrently, XTERRA Wellington will drastically reduce the waste it creates and is aiming for zero waste produced by participants throughout the day. This means that no product supplied or purchased on site will create general waste. “We will have two bin options on site,” explained Gillian. “Compost and Recycle. Nothing sold on site will require it to be disposed of as general waste. It’s exciting. All our participants and supporters will receive reusable cups and eco vegetable reusable bags that they will be able to keep and use proudly at home. It’s like another little collectors’ item.”Bengy Barsanti, Event Director and Gillian’s husband, added; “This is one of our favorite initiatives. I always hated ending up with a bunch of useless paper and soap testers in my race pack that always ended up in the bin. We love that we have a small ability to change that. Our participants will still get the goodies they are looking for but all via a digital experience they can then use with our generous sponsors. Much better value and much more relevant.”
Following a similar initiative recently seen in music events across NZ, Bengy is excited they are not going it alone.
“It’s just awesome. It’s great to see like-minded folks trying to do their bit. There is a real buzz around ensuring events don’t create the strew of rubbish you currently see following any festival. Our vendors have been amazing at coming on board with our vision and we now have full agreement from our vendors to sell no single use plastics and all food stuff will be provided on fully compostable plates and cutlery.”In addition, all participants and supporters have the ability to purchase native trees that will be planted on the land at Whareroa Farm, one of the key pieces of land competitors will run and bike over, and the trophies all are all made from reclaimed Totara that was going to rot on the farm and has been lovingly transformed by the Kāpiti Menzshed.
Ann Evans from the Whareroa Guardians Trust was pleased to see another group take an interest in the land.
“We have had a number of school and community groups plus our huge group of volunteers help out at our planting days over the last 14 years but never a combined gift of trees and planting. It’s great to have a commercial group enhancing the environment. What is exciting is that in years to come participants will see the land transform around them thanks to their generosity and effort. We hope some of them will become volunteers at Whareroa in the future.”
Alan from Kāpiti Menzshed, who transformed the reclaimed Totara into the beautiful trophies for the event, was also excited to be part of the initiative.
“Our team has really enjoyed the challenge and have done a really great job. When we saw the wood come in our eyes lit up and what a great chance it was to work with such beautiful historic timber alongside the XTERRA crew to create something truly unique.”Bengy reflected Alans words, adding that; “These trophies represent exactly what the XTERRA Wellington Festival is all about to us. Rough, rugged, steeped in history, an international event that has our community engrained in its heart. The Totara just looks incredible. Trevor, Alan and Roger have created a small piece of magic in reflecting our ethos in our trophies. The rough and the smooth, the old and the new, the landscape and the people. I can’t thank them enough.”
For more information on XTERRA Wellington Festival, all it’s events and initiatives go to www.xterrawellingtonfestival.co.nz or follow them on the usual social media channels.