Published On: Sun, Jul 22nd, 2018

“Rio goes Green” – regular plastic cups banned from the 2018 Lighted Parade

Eco cupsPHILIPSBURG – the 7th Annual Lighted Parade – “Destra Edition” which will take place on August 18th, 2018, in Philipsburg, is promised to be the “Greenest” parade ever, as the Management of Rio Productions has decided to completely ban regular plastic cups from the parade.

After the major devastation of hurricane Irma, garbage collection issues, pollution in our territorial waters and ongoing dump fires – as also recently addressed by the Nature foundation – the Management of Rio Productions believes that this little paradise we all call home has suffered long enough. Rio Productions no longer wants to be part of the problem by adding more and more toxic plastic disposable materials to the landfill, but is now fully committed to be part of the solution. Rio therefore chose to use 100% Eco-friendly – biodegradable cups during the upcoming lighted parade. The cups are made of materials that are all based on natural resources, and have no side effects to water, land, plants and living organisms.

President of Rio Productions Mrs. Brenda Wathey stated: “If you have Sint Maarten at heart, operating in an eco-friendly manner should be the modus operandi. We cannot idly sit by and only wait on the Government to take initiatives. We as business owners should take our own responsibility and start undertakings that will positively impact our society”. Mrs. Wathey continued: “over two thousand people will be participating during the upcoming lighted parade, and that means that more than ten thousand cups will be distributed amongst the revelers. To absolutely minimize our impact on the environment, we’ve decided to collaborate with the popular Bar & Restaurant “Nowhere Special” and choose to only utilize Eco Friendly and 100% biodegradable cups during the parade. We’ve also contracted a local cleaning company to follow the parade, to absolutely make sure that not one piece of waste will be left behind”.

The lighted parade 2018 is expected to be the biggest one ever, as the world famous Destra Garcia will be the main performer during the parade. The enthusiasm is widely shared in the community as over 500 shirts were sold within 5 days after the launch. Everyone who is interested in participating can purchase a T-shirt at the NC Wathey office, van Dorp Madame Estate, Nowhere Special, UTS stores and Caribbean Liquors & Tabaco (CLT). The T-shirt comes along with led lights and gives you access to the Lighted Parade. It also allows you to make use of the open bar during the event.

More information can be found on the Rio Productions web page: www.rioproductions.sx