We are fully committed to improving our environmental sustainability and every year we seek to reduce the impact made on our local environment through various initiatives and education.
Some of the initiatives on site for Chapter 9 include:
With every Boomtown ticket sold, a refundable £10 EcoBond is added to the ticket cost.
This is then refunded in cash at the festival when a bag full of waste or recycling is handed in at one of the EcoBond depots on site. More details on the EcoBond locations and opening hours will be published in July.
Help Keep Boomtown Tidy!
OFFSET YOUR TRAVEL CARBON
Did you know that the festival industry is collectively responsible for 14 kilotons of carbon dioxide each year?! And the main contributor of carbon emissions at festivals is travel (70% of a festival's carbon footprint).
You can help change this!
We work with Energy Revolution to turn those miles into donations towards renewable energy projects.
Donate when you buy your festival ticket by using our clever carbon calculator - located at the bottom of our ticket page.
Watch the video here to learn more about the Revolution.
REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE
Reduce what you bring to the festival - Please only bring what you absolutely need, and take it home when you go.
Reuse your plastic bottles and cups.
Recycle your waste - Please put your waste in the right bins (they are labelled) - we separate recycling both on and off site (at a specialist facility) so put in double the effort to avoid it going into landfill but we do need help from everyone on the ground!
Contrary to popular belief, there is no magic team of fairies that swoop into festival campsites and give all the tents to charity. If you leave your tent behind, it goes to landfill. It is YOUR responsibility to take your belongings home with you. If you wish to donate your tent to charity then please take it home with you and hand it in to a charity shop in your home town.
We take ethical sourcing very seriously and have been working tirelessly to ensure that all food on drink on site is as ethical as possible meaning that all tea, coffee and chocolate sold at the festival will be Fairtrade and all eggs and chicken products are free range.
All food & drink containers and packaging are paper, wooden or compostable.
Drinking water is available from the various taps around the festival and within each campsite. Please bring a bottle to refill rather than purchase single use plastic bottles of water on site.
We are increasing the number of toilets on site and have installed more waste water tanks to ensure that no contaminated water – or wee – gets into the watercourses or land. We have also installed site wide FREE composting toilets to further reduce the amount of waste water created. PLEASE think about the cows and use the 1000s of designated toilets across site for your disposal business!
Charity, Education and Awareness has always been a large part of the ethos of Boomtown and in 2016, we raised £98,654 for local and international charities - in addition to providing vital materials, training and awareness raising opportunities.
There are hundreds of ways for charities to take part, including £2 ticket donations, guest list donations, stewarding partnerships, trading pitches, talks, salvage operations, filming opportunities and on site activities and performances to name a few.
Below you can find out information about some of the work we are doing this year.
NOTE: Charity applications are now closed for the 2017 festival and will re-open 1st December for the 2018 festival.
OFFICIAL CHARITY PARTNER 2017: STREET REACH
This year, we are donating all £2 donations to Street Reach, a local Winchester charity that works with hard-to-reach and often vulnerable young people by engaging with them on the streets of Winchester. Your donations will help them deliver new workshops addressing substance use awareness, sex and relationships, including bullying, and mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, including obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, and self-harming. The project will also provide opportunities for young people that have limited options available to them or aren't able to access such opportunities due to their circumstances. Click here to donate.
CHARITY WORK ON SITE
So far, confirmed as taking part in Boomtown 2017 are:
Purple Community Fund - back with their amazing stall where you can purchase incredible bags, belts, jewellery and clothes made from ring pulls and other objects usually found in rubbish dumps. Funds raised go towards teaching disadvantaged groups how to lift themselves out of poverty.
Oxfam Shop - The best second hand shop on the festival circuit! Come find the hidden gems from Oxfam shops around the country and seriously pimp up your look. All proceeds go to Oxfam's incredible work around the globe.
Love Support Unite - Relax and unwind in the Love Lounge, brought to you by the makers of THE best sunglasses on the festival circuit - Love Specs. Seek them out in Whistlers Green to discover more about the incredible work they do in Malawi and where your donations go. And of course, bag yourself some Love Specs in the process!
Greenpeace - Greenpeace defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing and confronting environmental abuse, and championing environmentally responsible solutions. They are completely independent, therefore use non-violent direct action and people power to change certain governments and corporations. Their eco-marquee (in Whistlers Green) will offer a wealth of information on how we can protect our Rainforests, Oceans, Arctic and how we can eliminate toxic chemicals and fight for peace and disarmament, told by their staff, their mobile cinema and with exclusive Virtual Reality experiences which take you to the Amazon or Arctic
Since finding our true home at the Matterley Estate in 2011 we have aimed to give back to local community projects in and around the festival site as much as possible. In the years since we've been located at Matterley we have raised approximately £270,000 for charities, with nearly £55,000 of this going directly back into projects and organisations from around the Winchester area.
For more details on local involvement please see here.