The Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing has made numerous steps over the years to become a more sustainable event, and in 2018 not only will we be single-use plastic water bottle-free, we are also proud to be hosting the second annual Sustainability Day.

Partnering with Unitywater and utilising their superb ‘Back to Tap’ scheme, the festival venue will feature several free filling stations, where competitors, spectators and the general public can top up their reusable water bottles, completely eliminating the need for single-use plastic. This will be extended to staff areas, including the judging and commentary area, meaning staff will have a constant and waste-free supply of cool, fresh water.

With Noosa’s recent landmark acknowledgement as a World Surfing Reserve, it is more important than ever in 2018 to share the message of sustainability, inspiring all to make small changes for a better tomorrow.

Friday 16 March will be our official Unitywater Sustainability Day, with events and guest speakers promoting a more eco-conscious community and lifestyle on the sand at the XXXX Summer Beach Bar. The day begins with our Awareness Market, with organisations presenting awareness activities and offering information about making a change for the better. Noosa Community Biosphere Association (NCBA), Noosa World Surfing Reserve, Sea Shepherd, Surfrider Foundation, Noosa Council and Ocean Crusaders will all be present to share ideas on sustainability and ecology.

After-school activities will include an NCBA Plastic Waste Kids’ Art Workshop, and Ocean Crusaders will host a Paddle Against Plastic, taking to the water of Noosa River for a waste collection and analysis, an essential part of the war on waste to assess and address the sources of trash in our waterways.

Surfboard guru Nev Hyman, who will be joining the Noosa Festival to present his award-winning and life-changing NevHouse affordable housing made from recycled plastic, will lead an early evening panel discussion on plastic waste. Alongside Nev will be a distinguished panel of speakers, including Back to Tap Ambassador Mark Visser, Noosa Councillor Joe Jurisevic, Noosa World Surfing Reserve representative Omar Bakarach, NCBA representative Kylie Moses, Surfrider Foundation respresentative Craig Macintyre and special guest and Surfing Australia chairperson, Layne Beachley.

As surfers, it is our responsibility to do what we can to keep the ocean clean and healthy. The Noosa Festival’s steps towards sustainability and the knowledge and awareness shared by the generous contributors to Unitywater Sustainability Day will help pave the way towards a clean, natural and beautiful Noosa World Surfing Reserve to be enjoyed for generations to come.

Join us on Facebook – www.facebook.com/NoosaFestSurf – to find out more about Sustainability Day, join the event and view the full schedule of activities available throughout the day.