Festival Republic aims to do as much as possible to reduce the impact our business and our festivals have on the environment. We strive to use innovative solutions to fundamental areas of impact such as energy, waste and transport. We also delve deeper into specific areas of our events, looking for ways to minimise impact, often including festival audiences in helping make these changes happen.
Apart from the immediate benefit in ‘going green’ we hope Festival Republic’s focus on sustainable practices will impact the industry through our suppliers and contractors.
Having the audience participate in our green initiatives may also lead to similar actions in their everyday lives. In fact, much of our audience already acts sustainably at home, and expects the same when attending our festivals and events.
Read the Festival Republic Sustainability Policy here.
- We choose green energy in our offices. Our energy supplier puts energy produced from wind, solar, biomass onto the grid, which we in turn buy from them.
To complement this, we operate a strict switch-off policy in the office, so all electric equipment is physically unplugged overnight and on the weekends to save as much energy as possible and actually we have managed to reduce our overall consumption for two years in a row!
In stationery purchasing, the ‘green choice’ is always the first alternative to consider when ordering. We use Revive paper produced using 100% recycled waste at a mill that has been awarded the ISO140001 certificate for environmental management. We think that’s the best way to go.
First Mile is in charge of removing our waste and they awarded us with a Silver Standard accolade in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as a result of our recycling efforts. We have comprehensive recycling in the office, separating: paper, cardboard, cans, glass bottles and various plastics and we also separate our food waste so it gets composted or turned into biogas. We also have a cartridge recycling service.
Lastly, we use a green cleaning company and all our cleaning products are Ecover, so no harmful chemicals used in the cleaning of our offices, making for a safe workplace for our staff and the environment.
We run a three-bin system across all areas at all our festivals. This means we separate waste into mix recycling, compost and general waste. We work very closely with our waste contractor for each show to develop the best solution for each event and make sure we minimise the amount of waste going to landfill. We also introduce a number of recycling initiatives to actively involve our contractors and audiences such as the below:
- Purchasing: We encourage festival goers to reduce the overall environmental impact of the festival by limiting the amount of things they bring to the festival.
- Camper’s Waste Kits: On arrival, all campers receive a camper’s waste kit containing a clear bag for recycling and a biodegradable bag for compostables. For general waste we advise them to use their shopping bags.
- Pint Cup Deposit (Latitude): A £2 deposit is payable on all of our reusable Latitude cups. When the cups are returned they are washed and reused, with a life of up to 100 washes.
- Pint Cup Deposit (Reading and Leeds):A 10p deposit is payable on all of paper cups sold at the bars. When the cups are returned they are sent to paper mills to be recycled.
- Water Bottle Deposit: A 20p deposit is taken for each water bottle sold at our festivals which is refundable if the bottle is taken back to the refund points.
- Recycling incentives: At Latitude, all those who bring a full bag of recycling to one of our recycle points will receive in exchange a ticket to enter a prize draw for a pair of tickets to next year’s festival. At Reading and Leeds they receive a free drink.
- Market Traders and Caterers: We operate a very strict packaging protocols. All food packaging on our sites MUST be compostable.
- Post Event Salvage: We run donation points for campers who really do not want to take their tent home, so they can donate unwanted camping gear and unopened food, which then we donate to charity.
- Green Messengers: A fantastic group of 100-150 volunteers help us to run the recycling initiatives and spread the message across the site with great enthusiasm and passion.
Our plan is to continually improve our waste management and involve our audiences aiming to maximise recycling rates and minimise volume of waste to landfill.
We use large amounts of Bio-diesel to run our generators onsite and we have also integrated hybrid solutions such as solar powered batteries that attached to our generators help us not to burn so much fuel.
Also we perform full telemetries in our generators, which have allowed us to reduce demand.
- From our carbon footprint analysis we have learned that between 59% and 75% of the total emissions of the festivals come from audience and production travel and therefore we strongly encourage sustainable options such as coaches and trains and heavily promote and incentivise car sharing schemes for those who really have to drive to the site
- We work very closely with Julie’s Bicycle, a not-for-profit organisation working on sustainability within the creative industries and as a part of our commitment to reduce our environmental impact, we take part in their Industry Green certification that is the leading mark of achievement on environmental sustainability within the creative industries.
We are very pleased to have achieved a 3 star rating, which is the highest, at Latitude 2012, Leeds 2013 and 2014 and Reading 2012, 2013 and 2014 – thank you to everyone who helped us achieve these amazing accolades!
Please feel free to have a look at our 2014 IG reports here: