Here are some of the ways so far, that we have been able to work towards ensuring our beautiful festival does not impact on it’s environment and the planet.
Reseable Cups at all bars ; We use reuseable cups for use on site at all bars (you will find some from years gone past so don’t fear if the year is wrong on the cup!) Not only does it make your festival drinking experience much better by using a sturdier cup, but it rids the site of horrendous plastic cups and therefore drastically reduces the landfill produced. You can also keep the cups if you wish as souvenirs at the end of the festival!
Recycling; Since the start of the festival Glas-Denbury has recycled waste on site and over the last few years the amount of landfill produced has reduced dramatically. Glas-Denbury is lucky as everyone who attends the festival treats the site with respect, clearing up after themselves and therefore the recycling system on site works extremely well. We are working hard to move towards a “Zero to Landfill” waste policy. There will be recycling points all over the site so please help us ensure that we don’t leave a mark on the land – help us by recycling and ensuring you put the right thing in the right bin! If you are camping please take your waste home with you and please think about what you place in bins. Broken tents/chairs/airbeds can be taken home with you and disposed of responsibly. Bin bags will be available for all campers at the entrance gate.
Travel and Transport; Reducing emissions attributable to travel and transport is vital and so we offer a FREE shuttle bus which runs between the festival and Newton Abbot. (see the travel page for more info) These shuttle buses are there to encourage you to leave your cars at home. There is also a public bus service from Newton Abbot to Denbury or if you do have to drive then why not car share with someone else? If you are a cyclist then we will have secure bike parking on site as well.
Suppliers; Glas-Denbury uses 100% South West suppliers and hand picks food traders from the South West uses locally sourced foods.
Ban on single use plastic – plastic cutlery/straws/carrier bags; Plastic cups, straws, carrier bags, cutlery are all banned across the site. Please use eco friendly bags, eco friendly utensils if you are camping? All food traders are expected to operate within the same restrictions.
Ban Plastic Water Bottles from 2019; Back in 2018 we pledged to ban plastic water bottles from 2019 and now we are here. Please bring refillable bottles for water. There will be plenty of water points on site and all food traders will refill water bottles on request.
Eco Glitter; We are ALL about glitter – but in a responsible way! Please use eco, glitter biodegradeable so you wont be polluting the planet or harming your skin.
Glas-Denbury Music & Arts Festival
Back in 2016 Glas-Denbury became a member of Festival Vision: 2025. They joined the growing number of committed festival organisers who are taking the Pledge and are now among the many Vision Festivals to make the festival industry an exemplar of environmental responsibility.
It is a shared vision for a sustainable festival industry, conceived as part of The Show Must Go On report; a festival industry response to the 2015 global climate change talks in Paris. The Show Must Go On report outlined the environmental impacts of the festival industry and aims to provide a robust basis for industry-wide. The Festival Vision: 2025 Pledge brings together festivals that wish to take action to create a sustainable future.
“As festival organisers we know how to create unforgettable experiences and how to inspire people. We know how to get things done in challenging circumstances and we are accomplished at communicating with audiences. It is well within our reach to turn our industry into an exemplar of environmental responsibility. We can make a vital and significant contribution to a future that we want our children to inherit. Festival organisers working with their many and diverse partners, from concessions to the supply chain, contractors, charities and brands, can provide leadership for what is perhaps the most important conversation of our time.” The Show Must Go On report, Powerful Thinking http://www.powerful-thinking.org.uk/
Glas-Denbury is passionate about being as sustainable as possible and protecting the environment it is situated in.
We strive to work towards being the best we can in this area.
On signing up for this back in 2016, Glas-Denbury immediately introduced re-useable cups for use on site at all bars. Not only did they know it would make the festival goers drinking experience much better by using a sturdier cup, but it rid the site of the horrendous plastic cups and therefore drastically reduced the landfill produced.
Since the start of the festival Glas-Denbury has recycled waste on site wherever possible, and over the last few years the amount of landfill produced has reduced dramatically. Glas-Denbury is lucky as everyone who attends treats the site with respect, clearing up after themselves and the recycling system on site works extremely well, but the team are now moving towards a “Zero to Landfill” waste policy this year.
Reducing emissions attributable to travel and transport is vital and so back for 2018 are the shuttle buses, running between the festival and Newton Abbot as well as other destinations. These shuttle buses will encourage people to leave their cars at home. The festival also encourages their guests to car share and has secure bike parking for those that can cycle to the event. Glas-Denbury also works with 100% South West suppliers, and the majority of food stands, traders are South West based as well.
As well as plastic cups having being already banned across site, 2018 saw a total ban on the use of straws, plastic cutlery and plastic carrier bags on site. All festival goers are now were encouraged to use eco-friendly bags instead and eco friendly utensils an all food traders are expected to use eco friendly cutlery and serving options as well as managing their own waste and taking it off site.
2019 will see an across the site “no plastic” rule with the banning of all single use plastics including plastic single use water bottles. We will be encouraging everyone to bring along their own empty refillable water bottles and will increase water points across the festival. Food traders will not be allowed to sell bottles of water and the production teams across the site will not use plastic water bottles. .
Finally, Glas-Denbury is all about glitter, but only Eco Glitter! We will only work with eco- conscious companies who supply premium grade cosmetic biodegradable glitter, derived from non-GMO sustainably farmed plantations, free of toxic chemicals, common allergens and yet offering the same high quality precision cut and shine as conventional glitter. We can all be glittery and still look after the planet!
“When it comes to sustainability and saving our planet, there is still so much for us all to work on. We are so lucky to be situated in such a beautiful part of the world such as Devon and over the last few years we have been quietly working to ensure the festivals sustainable development and reduce its footprint on the land. We are all totally and utterly capable of creating magic for people without impacting on our beautiful planet and Glas-Denbury will continue to move forward and encourage our own and others commitment towards sustainability. We will continue to work alongside our suppliers, crew, guests and everyone involved in the festival, to ensure the Glas-Denbury magic never impacts on our planet except in a positive, sustainable way. One full of rainbows, smiles and a bucketful of love!”
Emma Twamley Glas-Denbury Director #GlasDenbury2019 #GreenDenbury #EarthDay #refill