When it comes to sustainability, Body&Soul is dedicated to being a leading light in the Irish festival scene.
Our focus is on giving something back to the earth, be it through our sustainable stage structures, offsetting our carbon footprint by replanting native trees, recycling art installations, showcasing inspiring workshops on better living or incentivising greener travel. Most importantly, we are dedicated to encouraging our festival audience to be responsible Body&Soulers by making better choices, actively recycling on site and taking everything with them when they leave, including their tents!
How you can help:
- Camp in Us&You! When you purchase an Us&You Eco Camping Weekend ticket you’ll get a spot in our special sustainable campsite, where all the soundest Body&Soulers make their HQ. Us&You campers commit to taking home everything they bring, and the Us&You site is always spotless at the end of the weekend. Us&You campers also get their own showers with sustainable products, a quicker entry to the site and a their own food and talks area. The more people who commit to Us&You the better we can make the campsites for everyone so nab your Us&You ticket now for 2018!
- Take the bus! We’re releasing our times and tickets for bussing to Body&Soul 2018 earlier than ever this year, which means you can plan your trip and avail of an early bird discount all while reducing your carbon footprint.
- Think green! When packing for the festival think about the amount of packaging you’re bringing on site and aim to reduce the unnecessary items you take with you. Use all your tote bags, Keep Cups, reusable water bottles and upcycled fashion to keep our festival site cleaner and make it easier to take what you brought with you home again.
- Never leave your tent behind. This is paramount. Festivals generate an extraordinary amount of camping waste each year when people leave perfectly good camping gear behind. Please, please bring your tent home, the fibres use to make tents are incredibly difficult to recycle and almost all tents end up in landfill. Don’t let yours be one of them.
Our Green Initiatives for 2017:
We expanded our Us&You campsite, a pre-registration only campsite dedicated to those with a greener conscience. Campers here commit to recycling their waste and taking all of their camping gear home. Camping at Us&You is an opportunity to shine as a responsible festival citizen and engage in a zero waste policy.
We introduced a cup deposit refund scheme with help from Friends of the Earth, a €0.20 deposit was added to plastic glasses sold at all the bars and was fully refundable if returned to the deposit banks located in the arenas. A minimum of ten cups, netted you a €2 rebate – enough to make a dent in that next pint or to put towards a Body&Soul water bottle. We had a huge range of cup return success stories from the weekend!
All of our traders used fully compostable food packaging and containers and we continues moving towards a fully Fair Trade sourcing policy.
We introduced a carpooling scheme, run by GoCarShare, that helps match those looking to hitch a ride with people that have extra spaces in their cars.
We continued our tree-planting scheme which has been running since 2015. Each year we plant over 100 native trees on the lands of Ballinlough to help offset our carbon.
We continued to work with Thorntons Recycling to ensure that all of our festival waste was correctly and efficiently sorted, minimising our landfill waste.
These are just some highlights, but if you want to dig deeper then find out more about our sustainability strategy for the future below: