Sustainability

Find out all the ways that NCASS work on sustainability. 

Eighth Plate

NCASS collaborated with a Greener Festival to launch 8th Plate, a food waste project aimed at diverting uncooked food from landfill and instead sending it to homeless shelters to feed people living in food poverty. The scheme salvaged 27.5 tonnes from just seven festivals in 2015; that’s a staggering 155,000 meals. The initiative works by sending volunteers to festivals across the UK to collect surplus food and transport it to FareShare warehouses where it can be distributed to those most in need.

We used 2018 as a case study to develop a more cost-effective method of running the 8th Plate scheme; ensuring it is sustainable and laying down its foundations in the events industry. It is our job to educate and raise awareness of the contribution that caterers, festival organisers and festival goers can make in tackling food waste and helping the environment

Email demi@ncass.org.uk to get involved.


Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vision 2025
A growing number of festival organisers have taken a pledge to turn the industry into an ‘exemplar’ of environmental responsibility. By 2025, they aim to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions from festivals by 50% by scaling down waste, cutting down reliance on fossil fuels, positively influencing audience travel choices towards more sustainable means of transport, improving sustainability of food sources, and measuring key impacts in order to keep track of progress in this field.

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Energy Revolution
This is a festival industry collaboration that turns visitors’ fossil-fuel travel miles into a direct investment in renewable energy. Festival goers can donate to the organisation when they purchase their tickets, and organisers can sign their festival up with the website to encourage visitors to donate. 100% of the money goes into renewable energy projects, which aim to change the future of the UK’s festivals. 

Sign up here

Say No To Single Use

The AIF have launched their consumer-facing Say No to Single Use/Take Your Tent Home campaign ahead of this year’s event season. The campaign follows on from the success of their 2018 Drastic on Plastic initiative, which in its first year saw 93% of signatories ditch plastic straws at events, 40% ban the sale of drinks in single-use plastic on-site and 40% replace single-use bar cups.

At the same time, the organisers of over 60 independent festivals across the UK, including Boomtown Fair, Kendal Calling and Shambala have issued a call to prominent retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling their ‘festival tents’ as single-use items, which results in a staggering 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

AIF’s ten-year report, published in 2018, revealed that 9.7% of people attending its member events had ditched a tent during that year’s festival season alone; this equated to 875 tonnes of plastic waste – the equivalent of eight blue whales.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We call upon major retailers to stop marketing and selling tents and other camping items as essentially single-use and profiting from disposable culture. AIF launches this campaign to raise awareness and highlight abandoned tents as part of the single-use plastics problem. The message here is not to buy a more expensive tent – with a single tent carrying the same amount of plastic as more than 8,700 plastic straws; but to reinstate that festival audiences can take positive action and reduce their carbon footprint simply by taking their tent home and reusing it.”

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