/What can festivals do to protect the environment?

What can festivals do to protect the environment?

  • organizing of accompanying events with eco-friendly profile – workshops, speeches, discussions, screenings, meetings with experts, lectures, etc. – the culture has great power, education through the participation of recipients has the greatest potential for festivals to introduce changes
  • spreading flower bombs (they contain seeds, for example, of wild herbs, and they can be scattered in random places where plants have a chance to grow and thus propagate biodiversity and valiant pollinators)
  • making bags/backpacks from recycled materials, e.g. banners
  • implementing festival bug or insect houses
  • introducing fruit/vegetable packs prepared in cooperation with local producers, e.g. eco-friendly “parsley” fairs, initiatives aimed at reducing food waste (e.g. Too Good To Go – they are already huge and probably expensive, but there are smaller initiatives, too, that work on a similar principle) → e.g. preparing several sets of food to be handed over, allocating them by a “less-waste partner” and handing them over to the festival so that festival guests or the audience could choose from them and decide to buy, for example, a package of “bad-looking” parsley, which will not sell in a supermarket
  • limiting or resigning from some prints – programs, catalogs, posters, leaflets
  • using lanyards and badges (generally any available resources, as much as possible) from previous editions e.g. having a set of “neutral lanyards” to be used in the future regardless of the edition’s visual identification, or using recycled lanyards – those that have been left over from the previous edition (this will make the event more colorful and environmentally friendly)
  • using vegetarian/vegan catering only
  • providing access to drinking water and encouraging audience members to bring their own reusable water bottles
  • offsetting events – calculating the carbon footprint of the event and determining actions that would neutralize it – e.g. by planting trees (you can also introduce voluntary donations for this purpose, e.g. if someone arrives at the festival by plane from outside Poland, s/he is proposed to donate xPLN, if s/he comes from Poland it is xPLN, etc. – in this case, the carbon footprint of the trip can also be calculated)
  • encouraging participants to use public transport
  • using the services of local suppliers
  • economic and ecological planning of transportation and other logistics of all festival activities
  • creating shared refrigerators, or freedges – if people participating in the event have some provisions that they will not consume, they can leave it in the refrigerator and someone else can take it – as an alternative to throwing it away
  • preparing an appropriate number of litter bins/garbage discharge points
  • managing sewage/water consumption responsibly