The 21st edition of Abergavenny Food Festival takes place across the Monmouthshire market town this weekend (21st & 22nd September), promising a packed schedule of feasts, forages, tasting workshops, chef demos, markets – and loads more. 

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As soon as you start planning a wedding celebration, you realise how absolutely bat-shit it all is. From the average cost (an eye-watering £30k), to the estimated 400-600 lbs. of waste that’s generated by a guest list of roughly 100-120 people, it’s all a bit much really, isn’t it?

Whilst a certain amount of impact is going to be unavoidable on any wedding day, I’ve noticed that there are some recent trends which are only adding to the problem. Here I’ve rounded up some of the worst culprits, along with eco-friendly alternatives for a more sustainable wedding day.  

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Intensive agriculture and heavy pesticide use are a major cause of plummeting insect populations – but there are a number of ways we can help reduce this impact, from the food that we choose to eat, to the way we use our gardens. 

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A new food philosophy encourages us all to eat more of the edible parts of common foods (like potato skins and pizza crusts) which currently end up in the bin every year – saving your wallet, and the planet!

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