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Marchfest increases sustainability with eco-tokens and e-bikes

The organisers of Marchfest are pleased to announce they have managed to source biodegradable ECO-TOKENS for the event at Founders Park on March 14th.


The tokens, sourced from Belgian company Orakel, are made from bioplastic, a starch-based substance extracted from potato peelings, a “waste product” formally thrown away by companies that produce french fries. The potato peel has been transformed into Biodegradable Tokens which, if left in natural surroundings exposed to a combination of oxygen, rain, sunlight and bacteria, will fully biodegrade back into the soil.


Organiser Mic Dover commented, “Every little step we can take towards reducing the event’s carbon footprint is great. In previous years, we used to get the tokens recycled but the company we used in Auckland no longer accepts them. The best solution would be not to have to source them overseas, but nobody makes eco-tokens in New Zealand yet, as far as we know.”


As well as e-tokens Marchfest has decided not to have an event car this year supplied by a local car company. Instead, Frank Witowski, owner of local e-bike company Hybrid has donated the use of two carbon fibre e-bikes for staff at Nelson Venues, the Marchfest organisers.


Nelson Venues Director Shelley Haring said, “It’s been great buzzing around town collecting printing or delivering beer mats and posters, and never having to worry about a parking space, a parking ticket or buying fuel!”


MarchFest eco-tokens will be able to be purchased with cash, Eftpos or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard), and PayWave will be available. There is also an option to pre-purchase tokens when you book online at www.marchfest.com


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MarchFest has received sponsorship funding for this year’s event from the Nelson Events Marketing & Development Programme, which is funded by the Nelson City Council. The Programme’s objective is to stimulate Nelson City’s economy in the shoulder and off seasons by bringing new spending through visitors coming to Nelson for distinct events.

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