Eco festivals 2013

Posted on: 26 Mar 2013 by: Rebecca Roe
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Though the weather outside may be implying otherwise, summer is in fact fast approaching, bringing with it the long awaited festival season! Here’s our guide to a few eco festivals who are doing their bit to be ‘green’.

We’ll start with the Green Gathering, 1st-4th August 2013. Held in Chepstow in Wales, this small yet cosy festival focuses on the key topic of educating people on how to become sustainable.

Shane Collins, one of the festival’s Directors said: “We have pioneered running festivals using only renewable energy. We provide a powerful example of thousands of people thriving in a field using no fossil fuels and producing no carbon dioxide. Our main output is lots of music, speakers, workshops and poets.”

Formed in the early 80’s, this family friendly gathering encourages others to be environmentally and ethically conscious, with key speakers from the Green movement and debates in their Green Forum venue.

Now let’s have a look at Latitude Festival, 18th- 21st July 2013. Located in Henham Park in Southwold, this bigger event – about to host it’s eighth festival – is growing both in size and reputation. From information provided by organisers at the festival, the most notable ‘green’ effort by them is their recycling initiatives. For example, ‘Camper’s Waste Kits’ are provided for festival-goers on arrival, containing a clear bag for recycling and a biodegradable bag for compostables.

There’s more – the festival concentrates on encouraging sustainable travel to and from the event, with those who opt into their ‘goCarShare’ scheme getting the chance to win tickets to the festival next year.

Latitude also received a top industry certification for its environmental achievements last year, as well as using bio-diesel to run the onsite generators and they’re currently working on hybrid solutions such as solar power.

Glastonbury, 26th-30th June 2013 – now this is one festival that doesn’t really need much of an introduction. Well, for those who’ve missed it or have been living under a rock, this iconic event is set to make a return after having a break since 2011. Started in 1970, the festival has since evolved from it’s hippy roots to offer more of a mainstream event, providing big names but remaining conscious still of its carbon footprint.

The event also conducts a ‘Love the Farm, Leave No Trace’ campaign encouraging attendees to take their tents home with them and to be aware of the rubbish they’re producing throughout the weekend.

Lucy Smith, the festival’s ‘Green Issues’ coordinator, said: “As one of the largest music festivals in the world Glastonbury festival has a responsibility to reduce its environmental impact. We want to keep increasing the numbers of people that come by public transport each year, invest in alternative technologies, reduce the transportation of water, sewage and rubbish, and use energy saving technology to help the event become more sustainable.”


All that’s left is to pack your waterproofs and wellies, and welcome sunshine and cider…but remember to recycle those cans! Happy eco festival going!

About Rebecca Roe

Rebecca is currently studying journalism in Lincoln. As a proud ‘chippy’ – child of a hippy – she’s always been interested in environmental issues.

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