• Sustainability

    Since we started 11 years ago, Body & Soul has placed sustainability at the heart of everything that we do. We recognise and embrace our responsibility in tackling climate challenges and we are always looking for innovative, realistic and sustainable ways to minimise the social and environmental impacts of the festival. And each year we are making great strides towards being the leading light on the Irish festival scene. In 2018, we were thrilled to be the first Irish festival to ever receive a Highly Commended Award and a nomination for International Greener Creative Award with Greener Festival Awards, the international accreditation for festivals working to reduce their environmental impact.

    This year, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary, we are took things further. We banned single use plastics on site, brought back our cup return system with some new twists, installed more water drinking points and our branded Body&Soul reusable bottles were available once again. We continued to tackle campsite waste by expanding the Us&You campsite, increased our recycling rates to 70%, moved even more people onto public transport, and planted trees on site to offset the carbon emissions from the festival. You can also join our journey by signing up to be an Earth Guardian. These are just some of the ways we are taking our own climate action. Want to find out more about our plans for 2020? Stay tuned….


    Reducing Plastics

    Reducing Plastics

    Rather than focusing on recycling more plastic, we plan on phasing out plastic entirely. This will involve asking our audience to join us on the journey towards reusables.

    Every year we sell Body&Soul branded water bottles at a low cost to reduce the amount of plastic bottles being sold onsite.

    Plastic straws, condiment sachets, plastic merchandise and ponchos are already banned at the festival in an effort to reduce waste and the impact on the land.

    In 2019, we are banning the sale of plastic drinks bottles by our traders. We also encourage our audience to bring reusable coffee cups and bottles with them to the festival

    Waste Management

    Waste Management

    In 2014, we sent 59 tonnes of waste to landfill, and recycled 17 tonnes (19%). In 2018, we made vast improvements - we only sent 3.5 tonnes to landfill and recycled 50.46 tonnes - achieving an unprecedented 60.6% recycling rate.

    In 2019 we aim to recycle 70% of the waste generated by the festival.



    We know a lot of Body&Soul audience are already conscious and engaged citizens. We also believe that Body&Soul is an opportunity to channel this energy and act as a platform for social and environmental change.

    Starting in 2018, we included a sustainability-focussed audience engagement activation at the festival called the Living Lab. This engagement space, based on the principles of the circular economy and industrial symbiosis, was comprised of a venue for talks and workshops on the themes of sustainability, science, and behaviour change. The Living Lab was also home to a vegan kitchen and sustainable marketplace showcasing ethically produced goods and upcycled fashion, as well as a solar-powered phone-charging station.

    This year, we plan on continuing to expand the Living Lab - to develop the activation with further-reaching engagements so that the message can reach beyond the festival and into daily life.



    In 2018, we implemented a smart power plan for our energy use. Working with UK company ZAP concepts and Native Events to carry out a full energy audit to help develop a smart power plan for the festival that will improve energy efficiency, increase

    renewable power on site, minimise diesel use and reduce our carbon emissions.

    Last year, we managed to reduce our diesel usage from 30,506L in 2017 to 23,849L in 2018 .

    Our aim over the next four years is to reduce our 2017 diesel usage by 40%. In 2018 following the implementation of this Smart Power Plan, we managed to reduce our diesel usage by 21%. This is the equivalent of 17.841 tonnes of CO2 emissions - which is the same weight as three African Elephants!

    In 2019, we want to continue our success and reduce this number by a further 20%.


    Body & Soul is committed to responsible food sourcing - reducing travel miles, environmental impacts and maintaining welfare standards, and managing our operations sustainably.

    All Body & Soul food traders must comply with our sustainability code as part of their contract with us. This means:

    • All food traders must use compostable serveware, coffee cups and cutlery
    • Single-use condiments, polystyrene cups, and plastic straws are prohibited.
    • Traders must source products that are FairTrade, organic and locally-sourced, where possible.

    Every year, traders are inspected on their adherence to our sustainability code and a Green Trader Award is given to those making the biggest effort to do so.

    At Body & Soul we are conscious of having less meat on site to help reduce our carbon emissions. So we are very excited to announce that this year we are introducing The Veg Village, a new corner of heaven filled with sweet and savoury treats for those on a plant-based diet or who just want to try something new.



    Transport is a music festival’s biggest source of CO2 emissions. Last year, 27% of Body&Soul attendees travelled to the festival by bus. This year we are aiming to increase this number to 35% of attendees taking public transport to get to the festival. We also partner with Go Car Share to encourage and incentivise carpooling.

    Greener Campsites

    Greener Campsites

    Six years ago, Body & Soul tried something unique. We opened a different, green eco-campsite, and asked that festival-goers commit to following a set of rules and guidelines, and to being a responsible festival citizen during their stay. The Us&You Green campsite was born.

    In its first year, Us&You had 200 campers committing to a ‘leave no trace’ policy and bringing all their camping gear home with them. In 2018 this campsite had grown to 4,300 Us&You Green Campers. In 2019 we plan increasing again, to an aspirational 6,000 attendees camping in Us&You.

    Campsites are the largest source of waste at music festivals. At Body & Soul, we have strong messaging in all campsites reminding people to pack up their tents to bring them home, and we provide a team of Monday morning volunteers to help with just that.



    In 2017, we worked with a professional consultant to carry out a biodiversity audit of the land Body & Soul takes place on. This has given us an in-depth knowledge of the estate and is helping us to design our 2019 woodland restoration and tree-planting initiative and land improvement works.




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