Latest update from Shambala Festival
2017 has been a particularly good ‘un for all things sustainable. We say it every time, but it’s true: our successes would be no more than pipe dreams, if we didn’t have thousands of supportive and conscientious Shambalans on the case each year – this is a team effort, so THANK YOU. Together, we achieved the following:
💚 You lot smashed it on waste and recycling – reducing overall waste by a third per person, and increasing recycling rates by 25% in one year.
💚 We recycled 80% of waste that could be recycled – with only 9% of waste going to landfill.
💚 We won awards (‘Best Festival’ & ‘Outstanding Achievement’ at the Creative Green Awards 2017) and became the first ever festival to achieve five star Creative Green industry certification.
💚 We successfully launched our Bring A Cup campaign, to tackle cardboard coffee cup waste.
💚 We continued to power the festival 100% renewably – using solar and certified fuel derived from UK waste oils.
💚 We remained meat and fish free for our 2nd year – with 94% of you voting to keep Shambala a veggie paradise, in 2017’s ‘Big Debate’ survey.
💚 Over a third of Shambalans that filled out the Big Debate either reduced their meat and fish intake after Shambala 2016, or gave it up altogether – and (amazingly) three out of four people had sustained the change six months on.
💚 We continued exploring the impacts of our food in The Garden O’ Feeden this year, and the role of meat, with our theatrical thought-piece, ‘The Trial of Daisy the Cow’.
💚 Our annual Inspirational Trader awards honoured the food traders who scored most highly across our range of sustainabiity criteria (shout out to our winners, Poco & La Bonne Crepe!)
💚 We worked with over twenty charities and not-for-profit organisations, raising £85,616 for charity, via various initiatives both before and during the festival.
💚 By balancing your festival travel miles with Energy Revolution, you beauties balanced 177,400 audience travel miles this year with investments in renewable energy – that’s 54,770 kg of CO2 emissions!
In 2018 we’ll be exploring the nooks and crannies of being plastic free, with non-plastic bio-glitter, considering alternatives to plastic-based sanitary products, providing guidelines around what you are bringing to site, and (gulp!) attempting to build a festival without normal cable ties!
Read the full, more detailed ‘2017 Green Round Up’ HERE: http://www.shambalafestival.org/look-back-2017s-green-achievements/