(May 13th, 2021 St Albans, Herts.)

The award-winning festival is back and includes a packed calendar of on and offline events co-ordinated by local community groups, businesses, and faith groups across St Albans district.  

Now in its 5th year, the festival begins and ends with a huge Sustainable Market in St Albans town centre which runs in association with sponsor, St Albans Business Improvement District (BID).

The market unites a wide selection of eco-businesses, community groups and charities and is a great way to discover eco-friendly and sustainable St Albans.  From ethical fashion items to vegan foods, gift items, skincare, interior accessories and pet foods – there is plenty to inspire everyone says manager at St Albans BID, Denise Parsons,

“This year’s Sustainable Markets will bring the city to life and inspire us to shop sustainably as over 50 local traders showcase their incredible planet-friendly produce. There is nothing like market day in St Albans, so come and enjoy the buzz at this special event, pick up some fantastic local produce and support our amazing local independent businesses.”

One local business taking part in both markets is sustainable fashion brand Twenty Outfits. Owner Eliza Lau-Johnston said,

“The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment, it is the second largest polluter in the world. Why buy new when there are so many amazing preloved pieces circulating out there!  We source and rebrand preloved and vintage clothes so it’s easy to look effortlessly stylish, individual whilst doing your bit for the planet.” 

Jill Watson, chair of the SustFest21 Volunteer Working Group and also a Sustainable Market stallholder, said,

“My personal passion is reducing plastic waste and the Sustainable Markets will be great opportunities for people to see all the zero waste alternatives they can buy in St Albans. During the two-week Sustainability Festival they can also go to a craft swish (27th May), get creative at special Collective Art Gallery re-use workshops (26th-28th May), learn about low-waste lunches from Becky Alexander (27th May) and even find out where our waste goes with a talk from Herts Waste Aware (25th May).”

Over 100 events will take place across the fortnight-long festival both in-person outside and online. Residents can book a guided walk to see butterflies in Heartwood Forest on 29th May and a family scavenger hunt across Harpenden Common at half term. They can hear Jonathon Porritt speak on climate change on Zoom on 3rd June.

Residents can organise their own “Climate Conversation” with family or friends during SustFest21 – perfect for people who want to talk with others about climate change but aren’t sure how. Downloadable ready-made materials are provided to facilitate discussions. Alternatively, you can book onto Climate Conversation with a facilitator.

The full event list can be found on the festival website, which was launched by The Wombles who took part in a special short animation! Click here to watch.

SustFest21 is a community umbrella festival organised by the charity Sustainable St Albans and St Albans Friends of the Earth group. www.sustfest.org 

 

St Albans Sustainable Markets

Sunday 23rd May, Sunday 6th June, 11am-4pm. Free.

St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL1, 60+ local eco-businesses, environmental groups and great food! Go #plasticfree #shoplocal. , Please shop safely and follow covid safety guidance.

For more information on events in St Albans please visit www.EnjoyStAlbans.com