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!
Our Green Initiatives for 2017:
Expanding 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.
Introducing a cup deposit refund scheme with help from Friends of the Earth, a €0.20 deposit will be added to plastic glasses sold at all the bars and will be fully refundable if returned to the deposit banks located in the arenas. A minimum of ten cups, nets you a €2 rebate – enough to make a dent in that next pint or to put towards a Body&Soul water bottle.
All of our traders will be using fully compostable food packaging and containers and we are moving towards a fully Fair Trade sourcing policy.
We’ve 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.
A tree-planting scheme which we have been running since 2015 where we plant over 100 native trees on the lands of Ballinlough to help offset our carbon.
We will continue to work with Thorntons Recycling to ensure that all of our festival waste is 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: