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NEWS: Iqaluit May 13, 2014 - 10:40 am

Alianait stamps out bottled water at its concerts, festival

“No longer will Alianait be adding approximately 2,000 empty water bottles to the landfill each year"

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Instead of purchasing bottled water, Iqaluit concert goers can purchase one of Alianait's refillable water bottles for $10. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ALIANAIT)
Instead of purchasing bottled water, Iqaluit concert goers can purchase one of Alianait's refillable water bottles for $10. (PHOTO COURTESY OF ALIANAIT)

In an effort to cut back on waste, organizers of the Alainait Arts Festival say they will no longer sell bottled water at concerts or during its annual summer festival.

In a May 12 press release, Alianait said it’s contributing to the city of Iqaluit’s sustainable community plan but helping to manage waste disposal in Nunavut’s largest centre.

“No longer will Alianait be adding approximately 2,000 empty water bottles to the landfill each year,” organizers said in the release.

Alianait pointed to a Nunavut Department of Education initiative to install filtered water stations at Inuksuk High, Nakasuk and Aqsarniit schools.

The festival is encouraging concert goers to purchase of Alianait’s refillable bottles for $10, or bring a water bottle from home.

“By drinking free water from the tap instead of water out of manufactured plastic bottles, we reduce the consumption of fossil fuels to produce plastic bottles and carbon dioxide into our atmosphere when bottles are transported,” Alianait said. “On top of all that, we’re keeping plastic out of landfills!”

This year’s festival marks Alianait’s 10th anniversary, which will run in Iqaluit between June 27 and July 1.

The Iqaluit Sustainable Community plan, adopted earlier this year after consultation with about 700 members of the community, sets a road map for the Nunavut capital for the next 50 years.

It lays out broad goals to maintain the city’s natural environment, health and social well-being of residents, and objectives to promote the city’s economic development.

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