Sustainability

Sustainability

Throwing Away
Old Thinking

In 2018 Green Events Co launched our first Green Policy outlining our commitments and targets to protect our environment.

 

Green Events Co supported both The Final Straw and Drastic on Plastic campaigns and banned the use of all single-use plastics across our events. In 2019 we want to do even more to support green initiatives and reduce any impact made on our environment and local communities.

Reduce

Encourage traders to offer incentives to customers who bring their own food containers.

Re-use

Encourage all staff to make use of the reusable water bottle provided to them by Green Events Co.

Recycle

Ensure traders purchase consumables that are recyclable and then recycle them accordingly

Prohibited items.

 

  • Plastic cups and plastic lids
  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic cutlery or stirrers – oil or plant based
  • Single serve sachets of salt, pepper, sugar or sauce
  • Expanded polystyrene or plastics of any type including PC, PP, PET, rPET, HPDE or LDPE Glass bottles
  • Black bin bags
  • Single use plastic bags (with the exception of clear bin
  • bags for waste only)
  • ‘Bad’ Glitter

What to use instead.

 

  • Compostable paper and cardboard cups, reusable cups and mugs. All concessions must adhere to the compostable serve-ware and packaging guidelines (simply ‘biodegradable’ is not acceptable)
  • Wooden Cutlery and stirrers
  • Compostable paper, card and bagasse plates, bowls
  • and boxes
  • Paper straws
  • Multi-serve condiments
  • Clear bin bags
  • Biodegradable glitter

Collaborative
Change

Green Events Co have partnered up with NCASS and 8th Plate Food Salvage Charity

 

We are continuing our partnership with 8th Plate after our successful pilot at this years Bluedot festival, where approximately one tonne of food was salvaged and diverted to a number of refuges, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks in the Greater Manchester area.

 

8th Plate co-ordinate with traders to collect surplus food and redistribute it to the people around the UK who need it, significantly reducing the food waste at your festival. Green Events have committed to working with 8th Plate across their 2019 event calendar.

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Travel
Carbon-Balancing

We’re working with Energy Revolution to tackle the environmental impacts from our travel to events. Travel is typically the largest contributor of carbon emissions at UK festivals so it’s a key place to start making the live events industry more sustainable.

 

Energy Revolution is a charity that helps festivals, audiences, suppliers and artists to act on climate change by measuring and reducing fossil fuel travel and balancing unavoidable emissions a with direct investment in projects that create clean renewable energy.

As an Energy Revolution member The Green Events Company will log our travel to events and donate to balance our fossil fuel miles. 100% of all of our donations go to generating renewable energy; past donations have gone to powering wind turbine and reforestation projects in India, community owned solar and wind projects across the UK as well as helping homeowners install solar PV and biomass heating systems in charity-owned outdoor pursuit centres.

 

Energy Revolution works with over 40 of the UK’s best-loved events, including Boomtown, Shambala, Download, Reading, Wilderness, Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Port Eliot. Together Energy Revolution’s members have balanced over 5 million fossil fuel travel miles since 2015! We’re working with them to help them reach their target of 10 million miles by 2020.

 

For more information visit www.energy-revolution.org.uk