BOARDMASTERS THE SUM­MER OF SUSTAINBILITY

THE BIG­GEST WEEK­END OF THE SUM­MER IS SHAP­ING UP NICELY. GREAT SURF AC­TION, RIDICU­LOUSLY GOOD LINE-UP AND PLENTY OF WORK ON MAK­ING IT GROOVY.

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Sum­mer is com­ing which means fes­ti­val sea­son! Which of course means Boardmasters is brew­ing. Our favourite surf and mu­sic event gets big­ger and bet­ter ev­ery year, with some awe­some new ad­di­tions to the bill. As well as the amaz­ing mu­sic line-up and prime surf ac­tion there’s been a lot of work be­hind the scenes on mak­ing the fes­ti­val as low im­pact as pos­si­ble.

You know there’ll be sweet surf ac­tion with the WSL crew bring­ing the world tour to town. The Quiksilver/roxy Open for the short­board­ers and longboard events are the only stop on UK shores.

Mu­si­cally the head­lin­ers Cat­fish and the Bot­tle­men, The Chem­i­cal Broth­ers and Ge­orge Ezra are sure to blow minds and there’s loads of other acts and hap­pen­ings go­ing on across the week­end. But all this you know, it’s be­hind the scenes the real ef­fort is go­ing on…

For al­most 20 years, Boardmasters and SAS have worked side-by-side to de­velop and im­ple­ment en­vi­ron­men­tal strate­gies for the fes­ti­val and sur­round­ing area and in 2017, SAS was the largest ben­e­fi­ciary of the new Boardmasters Foun­da­tion, re­ceiv­ing £20,000 to sup­port their in­valu­able work to pro­tect Bri­tain’s beaches. It has just been an­nounced that SAS has been se­lected by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as one char­ity to ben­e­fit from their wed­ding gift money.

In its most ro­bust sus­tain­abil­ity strat­egy yet, Boardmasters has un­veiled its key goals and over­all plans to im­ple­ment them for the next three years. These goals in­clude con­tin­u­ing to re­duce the amount of sin­gle-use plas­tic items used on site such as wa­ter bot­tles and cups, to lev­els close to zero, re­duc­tion in over­all waste gen­er­ated by the event, in­creas­ing site-wide re­cy­cling, re­duc­ing its car­bon foot­print and plans to con­tinue work­ing har­mo­niously with the lo­cal com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment.

For the first time ever, Boardmasters will this year im­ple­ment a re-us­able cup scheme, run­ning across all main on-site bars which will mas­sively re­duce the amount of sin­gle-use plas­tic gen­er­ated. Both pub­lic and staff are en­cour­aged to opt for re-us­able op­tions wher­ever pos­si­ble, this in­cludes a drive to en­cour­age any­one at­tend­ing the fes­ti­val to use or pur­chase re-fil­l­able wa­ter bot­tles, with more wa­ter points avail­able across the site. 2018 will also see the in­tro­duc­tion of food banks to bet­ter man­age trader and cus­tomer food waste. Lit­ter bins and re­cy­cling points are in­creas­ing site-wide, in­clud­ing both arena and camp­sites.

Boardmasters will con­tinue its work with Corn­wall’s ‘Fi­nal Straw’ ini­tia­tive, with no plas­tic straws avail­able on site – this was first im­ple­mented on site in 2015 with great suc­cess. Its ex­ist­ing ‘lit­ter bond’ which in­cen­tivises all 40,000 camp­ing cus­tomers to pick up their lit­ter and re­cy­cle, and the car park­ing re-en­try fee to dis­cour­age traf­fic on the roads sur­round­ing the fes­ti­val will con­tinue for 2018, whilst Boardmasters ‘Green Team’ will in­crease in size to fur­ther ed­u­cate fes­ti­val go­ers on Boardmasters sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives and how they can help.

Be­hind the scenes, Boardmasters fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers will be re­view­ing its in­ven­tory and work­ing out which items or ma­te­ri­als brought onto site can be cut or re­placed with a more ef­fi­cient or sus­tain­able al­ter­na­tive. Sup­pli­ers and traders are en­cour­aged to do the same. There will also be a fo­cus on cre­at­ing long term sus­tain­able sig­nage and brand­ing, and con­tin­u­ing to use proper plates, cut­lery and cups in artist and crew cater­ing rather than plas­tic al­ter­na­tives.

Get line up info and se­cure your tick­ets be­fore the event sells out at www.boardmasters.com

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