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The Best Eco-Friendly Festivals

Music, mud and more eco-friendly ethos – here are the festivals you still have time to attend this summer. 

With 3.17 million UK music festival goers annually, the waste generated by festivals each year equals around 23,500 tonnes (powerful-thinking.org.uk). Not to mention, the detrimental effect on the land, wildlife and environment. In today’s current climate, the way festivals manage their impact needs
to change. We found three that are pushing things forward. And, there’s still time to attend them.

Boardmasters Festival,  7th –  11th August, Cornwall

Inspired by the freedom, adventure and creativity of surfing and music, Boardmasters was born in 1981. Expect parties that run late into the night and a beautiful beach to recuperate on during the day. The five-day event is situated across two stunning locations in Cornwall. One is UK surfing mecca, Fistral Beach, where world class International Surf Competitions take place. The other is the most stunning location in the country to watch live music, Watergate Bay. Their eco-friendly credentials are pretty impressive, too. Recent research shows that 86 per cent of global travellers say they would be willing to spend some time on activities that offset the environmental impact of their stay. For this reason, Veygo has become the exclusive partner of the all-new Boardmasters Greenfield Eco Campsite. Visitors are asked to make a pledge to being environmentally responsible whilst on-site in return for exclusive privileges.

The pledge goes as follows: I will…

  • …take my tent home at the end of the festival
  • …limit my impact on the environment by car-sharing or taking public transport to the festival
  • …use my reusable water bottle (and a reusable cup at the bars)
  • …take responsibility for any waste I produce
  • …keep the eco campsite tidy
  • …recycle what I can and take the rest of my rubbish to the little bond exchange
  • …respect other eco campers

Green Man Festival, 15 –18th August, Brecon Beacons, Wales

Set beneath the scenic Brecon Beacons, this festival has a beautiful setting. With this in mind, organisers want to keep the site as green as nature intended. Eco-friendly policies include bringing only biodegradable wares for tent pegs and glitter alike. Additionally, single-use plastics are banned.At the end of the festival, any unwanted camping items are donated to refugees worldwide, so nothing goes to waste.

Shambala Festival, 22nd – 25th August, Northamptonshire

Shambala Festival are real pioneers of the eco-friendly festival. They state on their website that
they have ‘reduced the carbon footprint of the festival by over 80 per cent, achieved 100
per cent renewable power, become meat and fish free and eradicated disposable plastics’. As well as this, they aim to be the most ‘net-positive’ gathering possible, by actively minimising the festival’s negative environmental impacts, and maximising the positive. They have banned the sale of plastic water bottles on site, serve only Fairtrade hot drinks, sell no products by Coca-Cola or Nestle and only use non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products. Also, no dairy milk will be served at all to help improve sustainability. Plus, 86 per cent of their beers are vegan, too.

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