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Posted by Madeline on 19/05/14

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Sustainable Festivals

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The UK festival season is about to kick off!

 

And with the industry on the rise and rise over the past 10 years, some festivals are now as large as small cities.

And that can mean a huge consumption of food, water and fossil fuels – as well as an awful lot of carbon and waste created.

Here we want to develop a sustainable festival guide that tackles the issue of food-related waste.

Why food-related waste in particular? Because…

Guide Contents:
1. Sustainable Festivals
2. Festival Traders
2.1 Reducing Food Waste
2.2 Recycling Packaging
3. Festival Organisers 

* Around a third of all the food produced in the world ends up being wasted (according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), reported by The Guardian newspaper).

* If we reduce food waste to zero, it would give us additional food to feed two billion people – making food waste key to fighting global hunger (FAO).

 * If food waste were a country, it would be the world’s third biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the United States (FAO, reported by Reuters).

* In UK households alone, reducing food waste to zero would benefit the planet as much as taking 1 in 4 cars off the road (Love Food Haste Waste, in association with WRAP, the UK’s government-backed waste body).

The Sustainable Festival Guide

This sustainable or zero waste festival guide is for both festival organisers and festival food traders.

The content of the guide: a mixture of tips, information & case studies.

And it’s aim: to help organisers and traders work towards zero waste and reduce their environmental impact.

Click on the button below that’s right for you: festival organiser or festival trader:

The World’s Largest Zero Waste Event

Thanks to LOCOG (London Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), choosing us as the official packaging supplier of the London 2012 Olympic Games, we were able to contribute to the biggest zero waste event ever held – the 2012 Olympics!

As well as supplying 120 million pieces of food and drinks packaging, we helped provide a ‘closed loop’ service to compost or recycle the waste – diverting 6330 tonnes from landfill.

It was fantastic to be involved in a zero waste event and we hope this guide will help others taking part in future zero waste events!

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