Sustainability

Sustainability

OUR WORLD, OUR ENVIRONMENT & OUR FUTURE

Over the past five years our community has flourished from 20,000 to 60,000 people and we recognise the roles we all need to play to reduce the environmental impact of the festival.

We are so lucky to share our festival with the beautiful South Downs National Park and a Site of Special Scientific Interest so it’s our priority to protect this wild landscape. 

Our Sustainability Policy sets out a number of key initiatives that we are either continuing to run or implementing this year to help us achieve our ambitious targets. Every year we will increase our goals whilst we work hard to embed sustainability in the core of our event production.

We are participating in A Greener Festival Award this year who will be externally assessing our commitment towards environmental sustainability. 

“This year for the first time Boomtown Fair will work with A Greener Festival (AGF) to be assessed for the Greener Festival Award. The event will be assessed in 11 areas of operation including waste, power, water, procurements, local ecosystems and transport. The festival complete a self assessment in advance, which is verified by AGF on site assessors and post event data. As well as applying for the Award, the festival will receive a feedback report to help make improvements year on year, and also the opportunity to share best practice with fellow festivals globally”, Claire O’Neill, A Greener Festival.

We are also signed to the Festival Vision: 2025 pledge with a view to meet the UK national target of 50% reduction in green house gas (GHG) emissions by 2025.

 

OUR INITIATIVES

LOCAL LANDSCAPE AND COMMUNITY

It is our mission to leave minimal impact on the land. The national park is home to inspirational landscapes and a variety of wildlife and habitats including rare and internationally important species. We have partnered with the South Downs National Park and have committed to them in five key areas:

  • Conserving our landscape and its heritage
  • Engaging young people in outdoor learning
  • Working with our communities
  • Access for all
  • Protecting rare plants and species

Read more about our Conservation aims here.

Travel

Audience travel accounts for up to 80% of total festival-related emissions.

In 2017 we reached our target of doubling coach travel from the year before, with a third of our entire audience arriving by public transport. This year we are aiming to reach the same target.

We incentivise public transport by:

Coach:

  • Reducing the price of each coach seat from every location (with especially low prices for the first 1000 seats)
  • Giving those travelling by public transport the option to arrive a day early for free.

Train:

  • We run shuttle buses to and from the local train station to the festival.

The Big Bristol to Boomtown Bike Ride

  • We’ve partnered with Red Fox Cycling tours to offer the chance to be a part of a 2-day guided and supported bicycle ride tour to Boomtown! The beautiful and adventurous route includes a wild night out by the campfire and under the stars, with a pub dinner and the option to arrive a day early to set up camp before everyone else.
  • We congratulate cyclists with a free programme and drink vouchers on arrival.

Car share

  • We’ve partnered up with GoCarShare for our 6th year running to make it easier for our audience to grab a lift or offer their spare seats out.
  • We have a large and loyal Go Go Car share community and we run a competition every year to win free tickets.
  • Find the Boomtown GoCarShare page here.

Carbon balancing

  • For every car park ticket sold, the customer donates £1 to turn their travel miles into clean energy.
  • The £1 goes direct to Energy Revolution who are a UK registered charity that invests 100% of the donations into real renewable energy projects.
  • Watch the Energy Revolution video below.

ENERGY

  • We use 100% LED festoon. LED lights are 95% more environmental friendly than fluorescent and incandescent lights. 95% of the energy in LEDs is converted into light and only 5% is wasted as heat, however fluorescent lights convert 95% of energy to heat and only 5% into light.

WASTE

We are committed to reducing waste and it is our priority that firstly we prevent unnecessary waste and then recycle and compost as much as we can via our schemes below:

  • We develop our waste management plan with our waste contractor with sustainability at the core of all planning and on-site stages
  • We are aiming for zero waste to landfill (since 2014), minimum of 32% recycling rate with a long-term goal of reaching 50%.
  • We run a two-bin system throughout the site – Recycling (green), General waste (black)
  • We run two schemes to encourage our audience to recycle
    • Two bin system
    • Eco Bonds
  • Recycling points in the campsites to recover and recycle materials that aren’t handed in via the Ecobond bags
  • Recruitment of sustainability volunteers to help with the recycling operation and engage with our audience about our green schemes
  • Recruitment of a trader team to check traders are following our waste management plan
  • We work with local charities to rescue and reuse any camping equipment
  • We work with local food banks to ensure any surplus food can be put to good use.

WATER & SEWAGE

  • All of our water comes from the mains rather than being tankered in
  • 95% of our loos are compost loos

SUPPLIES

We are working with our suppliers to improve the sustainability of the products and services we procure.

  • Food traders are required to adhere to our environmental policy and use paper, cardboard, bagasse, wooden serve ware only (cups, plates, cutlery)
  • We have a strict no plastics policy in place for all food traders and market stands
  • All food sold at traders must be sourced as locally as possible
  • Cleaning products must be environmentally sound
  • All wood must be FSC sourced
  • We aim to store and reuse as much of our set as possible
  • We have a procurement policy in place for our production teams to use when sourcing wood and paint for the build
  • We reduce our meat consumption by having Meat Free Mondays throughout the five week build of the festival 

PLASTIC PLEDGE

We have signed the Drastic on Plastic Pledge to show our commitment to eliminate single use plastic by 2021. As well as Refusing, Reusing and Reducing our single use plastic it is imperative that we ensure what plastic we do use, that can be recycled, makes it to the recycling bin.

So far we have:

  • Banned plastic straws
  • Banned plastic serve ware on all trader stands, (paper, cardboard, bagasse, wooden only)
  • Encouraging everyone to bring their own reusable bottle to refill
  • Encouraging everyone to bring their own reusable coffee cup to use at the traders

CAMPSITE WASTE STRATEGY

Each and everyone of us has a personal responsibility for the waste we produce and how we dispose of it. Tents and other camping equipment should not be treated as single use items and we are working spreading this message before the festival and on site.

We have lots of affordable pre-pitched tent options to discourage people from bringing things to the festival that they won't bring home.

  • Camplight – offers tents for our audience to hire, that have been salvaged at UK events to be put back in to good use.
  • Tangerine fields – makes festival camping extra special and ultra-easy by offering pre pitched tents for our audience to hire over the festival.
  • See our pre-pitched options here.

AUDIENCE CAMPAIGNS

  • Every Can Counts will be joining us to spread awareness about can recycling!
  • BUTTfFLY in partnership with Terracycle will be at the festival to educate everyone about cigarette butt litter prevention.