A MORE SUSTAINABLE COMPETITION
Bhangra competitions generate a significant amount of waste. Over the span of a weekend, single-use plastic water bottles get tossed before even fully consumed, but the 48-hour lifespan pales in comparison to the 500 years these plastic products persist in our landfills. Even when we choose to recycle, the majority of it is exported to be processed by the hard labor of women.
When we uphold cheap labor industries, we uphold systems that often disempower women in their communities, keep women and girls out of school, and encourage workplaces with higher risk of sexual harassment. As a competition run by women, for women, we believe it is important to consider the women who exist downstream from our choices and actions. We aim to set a higher standard to show other competitions that, when we come together in celebration of bhangra, we leave the competition with fond memories — not with a destructive environmental footprint.
HELP US TAKE A STAND.
Significantly reduce or eliminate single-use plastics and styrofoam
Divert as much waste from landfills as possible
Compost food waste whenever possible
Partner with caterers, sponsors, and other groups committed to more sustainable practices
Offer resources and options for teams to consider their environmental footprint as they travel to D.C.