Hospitality Businesses Sign Commitment with City to Stop Using Single-Use Plastics
By Breyton Méndez
The city’s first “Feria Sustentable” (Sustainability Festival)—focused on eliminating single-use plastics in the homes and businesses of San Miguel de Allende—took place on the Plaza La Estación esplanade on August 28, with more than 20 vendors of biodegradable or zero-impact products participating.
On the same day, the city’s Dirección de Medio Ambiente y Sustentabilidad (Office of Environmental Protection and Sustainability), and the Cámara Nacional de la Industria de Restaurantes y Alimentos Condimentados (National Chamber of Restaurants and Seasoned Foods), known as CANIRAC, signed an accord on Wednesday, August 28, to work toward eliminating single-use plastics in San Miguel, in which the local Asociación de Hoteleros (Hotel Association) and the Asociación de Organizadores de Eventos (Event Caterers Association) were also involved.
“I am sure this will be the most sustainable municipality in all of México,” Tourism Council Director Laura Torres Septién said. “In the name of all the tourism service providers of San Miguel de Allende, we commit to continue fighting and taking all necessary actions so that San Miguel’s absolute sustainability becomes possible. We are making the commitment, and we will do it.”
CANIRAC President Sergio Espínolo added, “This will happen thanks to the cooperation of government and private enterprise…Today more than ever, we need to be united in making the changes that will benefit our city, to showcase San Miguel de Allende on a national and international level.”
Mayor Luis Alberto Villarreal reiterated his administration’s commitment to protecting the environment.
“We are a government that thinks of sustainability, as designated by the UN,” he said. “We consider the use and protection of social, economic, and environmental resources to preserve and enhance them for generations to come. This is exactly what we have signed today, [an agreement] that will stamp its mark upon the life of San Miguel.”
Other participants at the signing ceremony were San Miguel de Allende City Council members Verónica Agundis, Felipe Tapia, Pavel Hernández, Humberto Campos; alderwomen Luz María Gutiérrez and Patricia Villa; the city’s ecology department director Francisco Peyret; representatives of the local commerce Union Virginia Bárcenas and Rogelio Santana; and Georgina Sautto from the Hotel Association and Beatriz Succar of the Events Caterers Association.