As a Festival, Greenbelt is trying to minimise its environmental impact and ensure its practices are as sustainable as they can be. It’s a tall order for a four-day festival, but it’s something we’re very committed to.
Transport represents the biggest environmental impact of the Festival.
- Encouraging festivalgoers to come by coach with National Express
- Promoting online liftshare groups on the website
- Promoting public transport options through our communications
- Providing a shuttle bus service from the train station to the Festival site.
In 2008 we introduced an opt-in levy at the ticket booking stage so that people can choose to make a donation which we will ring-fence and then give to a nominated project towards improving our sustainability and assisting projects in the developing world where there is a struggle with the effects of climate change.
A massive recycling operation is in place at the Festival and we encourage recycling of glass, plastic and cans, and collect biodegradable waste.
- All on-site caterers are required to use biodegradable or reusable food packaging.
- We use reusable beer glasses in our on-site bar.
- The polybag outers that the Greenbelt literature is sent in is oxybiodegradable.
- Site vibing is carried out using recycled materials from scrap-store.
On-site energy use
- We are introducing daylight sensors for some external lighting
- Using energy efficient bulbs in venue lighting
- Introducing switching for venue lighting, where this won’t compromise security
The Festival Guide and all its year-round publicity is now printed by Calverts, a cooperative printing house in London. We always use FSC certified stock. Mostly from Fedrigoni (read Fedrigoni’s environmental policy).
Catering and trading
- The use of fair-trade products has been encouraged across the festival over the last few years and in 2004 all caterers bar one used fair-trade products
- Caterers are encouraged to provide food from local sources.
- All Greenbelt branded garments are made with organic, fairly traded cotton
Page last updated 27 Apr 2013