Serious Eats Sandwich Festival Profile: How We're Making Our Event Green

Editor's note: The Serious Eats All-Star Sandwich Festival is less than a week away, on July 23 on New York's Governor's Island. Have you bought your tickets yet?

20110717-se-frisbees.jpgThe green features you already know about at the SE Sandwich Festival: the cilantro on the banh mi, the falafel fritters from Taim, and Governors Island's grassy hills of course.

But we're also very concerned with the sustainability of the sandwich festival. Let's face it, garbage piles up at events, and every time we go to one and see the overflowing trash bins, we're left wondering, how can an event be more green?

So that got us thinking...about frisbees. (Stick with us for a second.) One way we'll be keeping thousands of plates out of the landfill is using special, never-before-tossed SE frisbees in lieu of more traditional paper or plastic plates. Of course you can wipe them off and recycle them around the park after. As for cups, we're using the 16-ounce, unbreakable, recyclable, reusable (and glass-resembling) ones from Govino.

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We're also working with Earth Matter, a nonprofit organization that promotes composting and has a Learning Center on Governors Island, to compost food waste and recycle all the bottles.

The event will benefit Edible Schoolyard NYC, a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools to build gardens and kitchen classrooms where children can engage in hands-on learning. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and environment required to change the way they eat for life. (This is the NYC offshoot of Alice Waters' legendary Berkeley program.)

We're working hard to keep this event as green as possible! It's important to us.

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