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The UK’s Most Sustainable Events and Festivals

Posted on by A & A Skip Hire

The festival season is far from over, and this means that thousands of music, art and food fans will travel to cities across the world to celebrate their shared interests with others. Whilst this is a great opportunity for festival organisers to showcase some of the best talents out there, it also presents problems for sustainability, waste management and the environment.


Source: Environmental Journal

People are becoming more aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastics and non-biodegradable waste and they are pushing for change. As a result, green festivals are becoming a growing trend, which means that festival organisers are making a conscious effort to make their events more sustainable. 

If you’re looking to make the most of the scorching summer by visiting a festival, make sure it’s one of the sustainable events listed below to minimise your impact on the environment.

1. Shambala Festival 

Shambala Festival is a family-friendly music event based in Northamptonshire, which hosts over 200 music acts, workshops, inspirational talks and comedy acts for its visitors each year. According to Mintel, it’s one of the ‘most forward-thinking festivals in relation to waste and plastic reduction’.

They’ve taken some incredible steps to improve their sustainability and reduce their environmental impact, including:

-Eliminating disposable plastics

-Going meat and fish-free

-Reducing their carbon footprint by over 80 percent

-Recycling 80 percent of recyclables

They’ve also won a range of awards, including the Innovation Award at UK festivals in 2018 for their commitment to sustainability practices.

2. Glastonbury Festival

Glastonbury is one of the world’s biggest and most well-known festivals, and each year the site hosts a staggering 200,000 people – at least! With this comes a huge responsibility to make sure that the land is looked after; allowing the cows to graze on the grass for another year.

Glastonbury is a self-proclaimed green festival’ and enforces key policies so that the aftermath of the festival doesn’t harm the environment.  Some of these include:

-Only allowing compostable cutlery, plates and straws 

-Running free shuttle buses to minimise air pollution produced by festival-goers

-Planting trees to support the local environment

3. Green Gathering Festival

The Green Gathering Festival takes place in August every year and the organisers are committed to making their event as green as physically possible. This includes only using energy provided from renewable sources, providing 100% meat and fish-free food and hosting upcycling workshops to re-use any waste that’s produced on-site.

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Organising a successful sustainable event is easier than you think. All it takes is some forward-thinking and effort to make sure that everyone involved shares the same goals. 

No matter how large or small your event is, you can follow these simple steps to make sure that you lessen your environmental impact.

Choose Eco-friendly Suppliers

As mentioned above, you’ll need the participation of everyone involved to ensure your event is as sustainable as possible. This goes all the way back to selecting the right eco-friendly suppliers.

From cutlery and cups to flyers and business cards; each supplier will have their own methods for producing products and managing waste. That’s why it’s essential that the supplier you go for is using eco-friendly production and recycling methods for their products.

Opt for Responsible Waste Management

It’s okay if your event produces a little bit of waste, but you should also make sure that whatever waste is produced is disposed of responsibly. 

You can follow in the footsteps of some of these green festivals by providing recycling bins for your guests, avoiding single-use plastics and making sure non-recyclables are disposed of in the right way with a skip hire company.

We provide affordable, eco-friendly skip hire in London for businesses and individuals, so you can ensure your event is as sustainable as possible.

Pick the Right Location

Being sustainable is not just about recycling, it’s also important to consider the potential air pollution that hosting your event could cause. Why not opt for a location that’s near a train or bus station so your guests don’t have to use a car? 

Alternatively, you could provide a mini-bus service to encourage people to travel together and reduce CO2 emissions.


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