Seeds for plastic – Sibiu for sustainability

Today’s food and environmental challenges are at the centre of Sibiu’s programme as European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 which offers events and initiatives that stand out for their ability to raise awareness on sustainability issues.

Developed in occasion of 2019 World Environment Day, celebrated every year on 5 June, the Plastic Exchange Market aimed to sensitise the local community to a more responsible use of plastics by promoting recycling and a reduction in use. Citizens were invited to bring recyclable plastics and received plant seeds and SibCoins in exchange.

The event, that involved school children, students and local citizens, took place at the Transilvania Polyvalent Hall and helped collecting 754 kilos of plastics throughout the day that were then sent to recycling.

Seeds were offered by the consortium leading the programme for Sibiu, European Region of Gastronomy awarded 2019 who worked in partnership with Buzau Research and Production Station for Vegetables and the Public Service for the administration of parks and green areas of the Municipality of Sibiu.

About the European Region of Gastronomy

Candidate and awarded Regions of Gastronomy from Europe, guided by IGCAT, are working together to raise awareness about the importance of their cultural and food uniqueness; stimulate creativity and gastronomic innovation; educate for better nutrition; improve sustainable tourism standards; highlight distinctive food cultures; and strengthen community well-being.


IGCAT aims to empower local communities by raising awareness of the importance to safeguard and promote distinct food, culture, arts and sustainable tourism assets. This is essential to balance against globalised food trends that are impacting on our planet, health and local economies.

IGCAT is a non-profit institute established in 2012, working with regional stakeholder consortiums in the fields of gastronomy, culture, arts and tourism. It counts on the expertise of a worldwide network of experts and works in partnership with specialised intergovernmental organisations.

IGCAT provides the Region of Gastronomy Award and is the official secretariat for the European Region of Gastronomy Platform. Furthermore, the Institute has developed the European Young Chef Award the Local Food Gift Challenge, the Top Visitor Experience and the Food Film Menu.