Greener Events in the Garden State: Indie Street Film Fest in Red Bank

Friday, July 20, 2018
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Red Bank, NJ: Clean Water Action, one of New Jersey's largest environmental non-profit organizations, is honored to be a co-sponsor of the Indie Street Film Fest, featuring 5 days of film, art, discussion, and inspiration taking place July 25-29, 2018 at multiple venues across Red Bank, NJ.

Clean Water Action's ReThink Disposable program is partnering with Indie Street Film Fest to make the event a greener experience for event-goers. ReThink Disposable prevents waste before it starts by partnering with businesses and communities to minimize single use disposable packaging in food service to conserve resources, prevent waste and ocean pollution.

On Thursday, July 26th, Indie Street Film Fest & Clean Water Action will be co-hosting a screening of The Devil We Know, directed by Stephanie Soechtig, followed by a PLASTIC-FREE-BQ at Bow Tie Cinemas-Red Bank. The film begins at 5:30 pm and the plastic free sidewalk cookout begins at 7 pm. The Devil We Know is a jaw-dropping documentary that shows how 3M and DuPont have made billions by exposing us to toxic chemicals. After the screening, guests can enjoy a Q&A, complimentary food and fresh water (plastic free)! Purchase tickets here.

"Think of all the waste generated at events and festivals," said Jenny Vickers Chyb, Communications Manager for Clean Water Action in New Jersey. "Our goal is to reduce all of that trash...plastic cups, plates, cutlery, bags, and more...that end up littering our communities and trashing our waterways, beaches and ocean. Clean Water Action's ReThink Disposable program works with local businesses and communities to reduce single-use disposables, save money, and go green. The program is a win-win for businesses and the environment."

Some of the initiatives Clean Water Action and Indie Street Film Festival are partnering on include:

  • Opting for water refill stations over single-use disposable plastic water bottles the past two years.
  • Giving out free BPA-free water bottles for all passholders sponsored by Kitch Organic and ReThink Disposable.
  • Reducing the amount of single-use disposable plastic cups, by offering canned beer from their sponsor Flying Fish Brewery.
  • Encouraging partner venues to offer Straws By Request, i.e. not automatically including straws with drinks, unless asked. They will also be encouraging this general practice to partner venues post-festival.
  • Using compostable coffee cups and lids at water stations and at morning panel discussions.
  • Partnering with ReThink Disposable to purchase a filtered water station for future events and to donating to the public for the rest of the year!

"It's Plastic Free July, so we are thrilled to partner with Indie Street Film Fest to reduce their plastic footprint," said Chyb. "Plastic Free July  is a global yearly challenge where millions of people give up single use plastic during the month of July. It aims to raise awareness of the amount of single-use disposable plastic items in our lives and challenges people to do something about it. We're honored that events like Indie Street Film Fest in Red Bank want to join with us on greener initiatives. We're so excited for the event and encourage folks to stop by our table to learn more and get involved!"

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Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress. Clean Water Action has 150,000 members in NJ and nearly 1 million nationwide.


Jenny Vickers Chyb
Sarah Giberson