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Mariposa is a Green Festival Leader in Canada

In AWARE News Network
Aug 6th, 2023
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The Mariposa Folk Festival began in Orillia in 1961 and has enjoyed a renaissance since returning to Orillia. These days, the festival is focused on being sustainable – in more ways than one. OrilliaMatters File Photo

The Mariposa Folk Festival is a leader in environmental and sustainable practices. We are dedicated to ensuring that our festival creates the least environmental impact possible through our Greening Team. This goal is accomplished through eliminating all single use plastic bottles, sourcing all compostable food and drink containers, prioritizing local food vendors and employing no trace camping practices. We also offer hydration stations to replace plastic bottles, cycle powered charging stations and a shuttle bus and bicycle compound to reduce emissions. Not only do we pride ourselves on these environmental practices, but they ensure that our festival still continues to make you feel as at home as it did in the 60’s and 70’s- but with a much smaller environmental footprint! All of our posters, programs and other printed material are Forest Stewardship Council certified and we even use a solar trailer to cleanly power the late-night Hootenanny Stage. More information can be found about our greening practices at https://greenfestivals.ca/.

The Guide to Green Festivals states “The Mariposa Folk Festival is a great example of a festival making continuous efforts to reduce their ecological impact. These greening efforts are made to ensure that the festival has a positive impact on the community. Mariposa Folk Festival has done great work becoming more sustainable, and they continue to strive to do a better job year after year. This festival is a definite success story.”

Help us make Mariposa the greenest festival around.


The Mariposa Folk Festival Greening Initiative began in earnest in 2009, with the formation of a volunteer Greening Team.

Link to Pam Carter, Mariposa Folk Foundation President speaking about the origins of Mariposa’s Greening efforts:

In 2008 17,000 beer cups went to the landfill. Since 2009 that number has been reduced to zero thanks to the introduction of compostable cups.

In the first year of the new initiative, the festival diverted 77% of its waste away from the landfill site. Waste materials were comprised of 65% of organics or compostable material, and 12% of recyclable materials. The remaining 23% of waste generated at the festival was garbage and ended up in the landfill.

Since then, we have gotten even better! In 2019, 84% of its waste was diverted from the landfill site.

Everything the food and beverage vendors at Mariposa serve their food on is 100% compostable. That includes the cups and glasses, bowls, plates, and utensils. Of course, all of the food scraps are compostable, as well!

Mariposa is also water bottle free! Every year, Mariposa Folk Festival eliminates more than 12,000 plastic water bottles from the recycling stream by providing a hydration station so you can have access to free water. Please bring or purchase your reusable water container.

Sustainability is more than just waste diversion:


  • Shuttle buses and bicycle compound to reduce driving and carbon emissions
  • Cycle-powered charging station
  • No-trace camping
  • Recyclable materials in Folk Play for craft activities
  • Priority for local food
  • Elimination of all single use plastic bottles
  • All food and drink containers and utensils are compostable. And food scraps too, of course!
  • Hydration station to replace the need for plastic bottles
  • Solar trailer is used to power the late night Hootenanny Stage in the camping area
  • Printing companies for our posters, programs and other printed material are Forest Stewardship Council certified
  • Mariposa volunteers were posted at every recycling, compost and garbage station to ensure waste was sorted appropriately. Even better, all utensils at the festival were biodegradable!


Mariposa Folk Festival is committed to continuing its sustainable greening practices to ensure our planet stays green.

As our greening efforts continue to expand and grow, we are excited to see what the future holds for our festival and what trends we can set as a leading example of sustainable environmental practices in Canada and worldwide.

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One Response to “Mariposa is a Green Festival Leader in Canada”

  1. Ann says:

    Congratulations to Pam Carter and the Mariposa Festival for caring about the environment.
    Wish Burl’s Creek would follow their lead!

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