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Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast

Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast

8th February 2021

Sustainable practises: A fine example from FolkEast In Suffolk we have a council backed organisation called the Suffolk Carbon Charter which is a great way to measure the progress we make each year. We were awarded the Silver Charter in 2014 and in 2018 we were promoted to Gold for showing an improvement each year. We set out from the start with FolkEast to have as lower carbon footprint ...

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Julie’s Bicycle hosts the next webinar in the Vision: 2025 #WeMakeTheFuture Autumn series

Julie’s Bicycle hosts the next webinar in the Vision: 2025 #WeMakeTheFuture Autumn series

21st November 2020

Join Chiara Badiali from Julie’s Bicycle as she explains the what, how and why of the circular economy with plenty of stories from the creative community, with guests Patricia Yagüe, Head of Sustainability, Live Nation Europe speaking about some of the projects her teams around Europe are working on to close different material loops and Paul Schurink f...

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Sustainability - It Is Time To Act

Sustainability - It Is Time To Act

21st October 2020

Join the movement and let's create a sustainable industry together! For more info visit https://www.vision2025.org.uk/ ...

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Open Air Business Gathering 2021

Open Air Business Gathering 2021

11th September 2020

NEW DATES -  7 - 8 SEPTEMBER 2021 Our colleagues at Open Air Business have their annual "gathering". A very useful event for Festival and Events organisers. Full line up and speakers at www.oabgathering.com...

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Steve Heap's Interview On Sustainability

Steve Heap's Interview On Sustainability

15th July 2020

How has Covid-19 affected sustainability at events in your view? With the devastating effect of COVID-19 destroying the 2020 festival season it does give organisers an opportunity to reflect on how they will recover in 2021, and at the same time re-think our sustainability policies.  ‘The world will never be the same again’ is a phrase I hear often describing this crisis, ...

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Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

Can we say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?

21st June 2020

The sustainability of our environment has not gone away during the COVID crisis.  Make sure you add sustainability on to your task list and budget for 2021. In the meantime take a look at this great article - Livvy Drake (Sustainable Sidekicks) guest blog on Vision:2025 discusses whether "We can say cheers to plant-based plastic yet?" Waste and plastics are one of Livvy’...

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Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

Let's re-think our sustainability policies for 2021

18th June 2020

With the devastating effect of COVID-19 destroying the 2020 festival season it does give organisers an opportunity to reflect on how they will recover in 2021.  More on that in another place. However, it also gives us all the opportunity to re-think our sustainability policies.  ‘The world will never be the same again’ is a phrase often used, well it has been like that for so...

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Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

Repurposing festival resources to feed the UK

16th April 2020

Currently the UK is short of around 90,000 people to pick the crops that are growing ripe across the country. Agricultural migrant workers who usually fill these positions are unable to leave their countries due to suspended flights or full lock-down. Asparagus tomatoes, strawberries, and lettuce are few among the many fruits and veg growing ripe from now through to May—they will rot and the...

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Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

Sustainability Workshops - 25 & 26 April 2020

9th March 2020

Scientists believe it will soon be too late to take serious action on reversing the pollution of our own planet.  Some even say it is already too late.  We in the events industry have been leading the way for many years in what became known as sustainability.  We recycle, we use less power, we consider our environment, there is so much more we could do. Find out more about t...

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Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

Exploring the environmental footprint of festival food

28th February 2020

Chris Johnson, chair of Powerful Thinking, recently joined an industry panel at ADE Green, to explore the environmental footprint of festival food.  In his monthly Green Column, Chris shares a few ideas from our European friends… READ MORE  ...

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GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

GEI announces industry partnership with Stand Out Magazine

28th February 2020

The Green Events and Innovations conference (GEI) and Stand Out Magazine have formed an industry partnership that will engage event and festival professionals ahead of GEI 2020. Read the full article here...

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Powering up the Site

Powering up the Site

21st January 2020

HVO / BIOFUEL / RED DIESEL / WIND / SOLAR / BATTERIES & RENEWABLES Yes, we are talking powering up the stages.  For those of you out there who use generators I am constantly talking, on your behalf, with Tim Benson from Smart Power who very kindly constantly advises us on things we don’t understand and new innovation. For instance, HVO means hydro-treated vegetable oil i.e. it...

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Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

Calling All Unwanted Lanyards!

20th November 2019

After a little bit of research we have somewhere for you to send all those unwanted lanyards.  How brilliant is THAT?! The Recycle Yard is not for profit and recycles waste from individuals and businesses (mostly in Wakefield and the surrounding areas) that can be reused for arts, crafts and play. We’ve been in touch and they are more than happy to take packages from you, wherever...

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Event Industry Green Survey Launched

Event Industry Green Survey Launched

2nd October 2019

EVENT INDUSTRY GREEN SURVEY LAUNCHED    The 5th annual Event Industry Green Survey is now live, launched by Powerful Thinking, the not-for-profit think-tank for event sustainability.    The survey results will contribute to the 2nd edition of The Show Must Go On report, to be published early 2020, after the success of Powerful Thinking’s Festival Vis...

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The Show Will Go On

The Show Will Go On

25th July 2019

Festival Vision:2025 exceeds funding target, securing the publication of a new Show Must Go On report, signalling the UK festival and event industry’s ambition to tackle environmental impacts.  The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit Powerful Thinking, has raised over 28k to fund a campaign to provide leadership around climate breakdown through the ...

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Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent?

17th June 2019

  Did I Tell You the One About the Green Parent? No?  It is not a parent that is green, it is actually the name of a magazine, and if you get your chance as a festival organiser to grab a copy and have a read of the June/July 2019 edition, you will find a Festival Guide.  A great deal of information about all kinds of festivals and events.  Maybe you could ...

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Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

Ambitious Vision for Sustainable Events

10th June 2019

Festival Vision:2025 launches Crowdfunder, inviting everyone in the events industry to be part of an ambitious strategy toward a sustainable events industry, 11thJune 2019.   The Festival Vision:2025 crowdfunding campaign, launched by not-for-profit group Powerful Thinking, givesthe whole live events industry the opportunity to work together and provide leadership around climate breakdo...

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ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

ATTENTION - Affordable on the day tent hire from 20

28th May 2019

        Affordable on the day tent hire from £20    Year after year 100,000’s of tents are left after festivals and are going to landfill, which is having a major impact on the environment, cost of clearing up, also increases the manufacturing of cheap flimsy throw away tents. If we can help to reduce the manufacturing of these tents it w...

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Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

Powerful Thinking calls for sustainable power suppliers

28th May 2019

UK: In 2017, Powerful Thinking launched? the Sustainable Power Supplier programme – an online resource for event organisers that connects innovative suppliers with a growing community of festivals committed to smart energy management. The programme was developed after Powerful Thinking’s third annual Industry Green Survey showed that a common barrier to implementing sustainable practic...

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Interested in using 8th Plate for your event this year?

Interested in using 8th Plate for your event this year?

21st April 2019

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