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.
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