In 1963, the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches held its annual convention in Herbert, Sask. Here, dishes were washed by hand and, of course, re-used as other delegates waited in line. Mennonite World Conference Assembly 2015 took a different approach to reduce the event’s environmental footprint by using compostable cups, dishes and cutlery. Compostables, together with food waste, were sent to a composting site north of Lancaster, Pa. After three months, the composting process was completed and the material was added to potting and top soils.
For more historical photos in the Mennonite Archival Image Database (MAID), see https://archives.mhsc.ca/