We take pride in being an Eco-Friendly Festival. Listed below are a few initiatives we take part in at EOTR.
Bristol charity, FRANK Water and its FreeFill initiative have been a part of End of the Road since 2010, providing chilled, filtered drinking water to thirsty festival goers. Thanks to the continued support and generosity of End of the Road patrons and its crew, FreeFill at End of the Road has generated income to fund various clean water projects across the globe. The money generated in 2013 and 2014 was used to set up a community-run water plant in Jayagiri, a village of 2027 people in the state of Telangana (formerly Northern Andhra Pradesh) in south East India.
The communities they help are those living in remote, rural or hard to reach locations and may not understand their rights – to water, sanitation, land or education – and have lived without state or central government assistance for generations. With its partners, FRANK Water supports communities to claim their rights, to apply for government funding and take ownership of their community, their health and development. For every £1 invested in water and sanitation, a further £4 is generated through increased productivity.
In addition to this, the reusable aspect of this scheme has also helped End of the Road in reducing recyclable waste! So if you’re attending this year, why not get on board the bandwagon, keep refreshed over the weekend and do your bit for charity too.
For more information on Frank Water and to see what they’re up to, visit their website here.
We also provide drinking water at standpipes around the festival site. So there is no need to carry multiple heavy or large drinking vessels with you. Instead you can bring a small refillable water bottle or purchase one at the festival shop. This also helps reduce the amount of discarded plastic on site at the end of the festival.
Drastic on Plastic
We have always been committed to reducing plastic products on-site, so we have signed up to the Drastic on Plastic campaign, with the aim of eliminating all single-use plastic by 2021. We strongly encourage everyone from customers to staff to bands to bring their own reusable bottles & coffee cups and have increased the provision of water standpipes in the campsites, festival village, and backstage areas. There will be no plastic straws on-site, and water & soft drinks will only be served in cans.
In 2018 we cut our single-use plastic offering by 50% before introducing our Cup Scheme with Green Goblet in 2019, charging festival-goers £2 per new cup in order to reduce our single-use plastic consumption as part of AIF’s “Drastic On Plastic” campaign. With your help, we cut out single-use plastic almost completely.
After covering our costs, some of the profits from the scheme paid for a carbon audit of the festival carried out by Clean Earth Collective, to help decide how to best support environmental community projects around the world.
Following their advice, we used the remaining money to offset our core operations (infrastructure etc) with a Gold Standard Community based project, distributing energy-efficient cookstoves to the Shimoni community in Kenya. More information about the project can be found here. We have also further offset our audience travel with an investment in wind turbines in Costa Rica, more information on this initiative can be found here.
Festival Wood – “Give Something Back”
Festival Wood is an initiative to replant Ancient Woodland in Scotland; 100% of funds get spent on trees as all staff and co-ordinators are volunteers. We’ve supported them since 2013, but 2014 was the first year we asked you to help us along.
We give you the chance to ‘give something back’ to the environment by purchasing a tree when placing your order.
The initiative was set up by A Greener Festival and charity Trees for Life. Native trees are planted in natural distribution patterns to ensure maximum benefits for biodiversity. The ‘Festival Woods’ are beginning in Dundreggan, an area of 10,000 acres of wild land near Loch Ness. The vision is to “restore a wild forest, which is there for its own sake, as a home for wildlife and to fulfil the ecological functions necessary for the wellbeing of the land itself.”
During 2016, 90,000 trees were being planted in three beautiful locations in the Scottish Highlands and your contribution will add to that!
For more information on Trees for Life and to see how many trees End of the Road punters have planted so far, visit their website here.
End of the Road Festival is dedicated to producing as little waste as possible and recycling wherever we can. We work with locally based Grist Environmental to make sure any waste generated on site is dealt with in an environmentally friendly way. All our festival bins in the main village and around the stages are combined waste bins for easy use, but these then get hand-sorted locally into various recyclable materials. We also ask for your assistance with this task so that we can all do our little bit to leave no trace. If you are staying on site, please collect a clear plastic recycling bag from wristband exchange or one of the information points to use at your tent. The campsites have recycling collection points near most of the toilet blocks for your pre-sorted bags.
We strongly discourage leaving anything behind, but when this does happen tents and other items that are in a good condition are collected and donated to refugee aid charities. If you have good quality items that you find you’re unable to take home you can aid in this process by dropping them off at wristband exchange as your leave. Please be careful about removing all your tent pegs as our beautiful festival site is used for sheep grazing during the rest of the year. On the subject of tents, we are now partnering with Vintents, who will supply our Boutique Camping area with upcycled canvas tents.
With our audience coming from all over the country (and even some from overseas) at End of the Road we like to encourage greener travel by introducing our lift share scheme and public transport options. Not only does this save on fuel emissions, but it’s a great way to meet like-minded people too. Why not do your bit and join in for 2020? More details can be found here.
As part of our terms and conditions, all caterers who trade at the festival are only able to use biodegradable cutlery and plates on site (which includes the Artist’s backstage too). Any unused good food is collected by the charity Eighth Plate on Monday morning and is used at local homeless centres. We also collect all the food scraps generated over the weekend and take them for composting. Furthermore, we request that all eggs are free range, coffee is Fair Trade and meat is locally sourced so you’re always receiving good quality food and feeling ethically content about that morning breakfast bap.
Expanding the organic vibe beyond food and drink, over 50% of our non-catering traders offer eco-friendly products and services ranging from recycled jewellery to vintage clothes so you shouldn’t feel too guilty about that little spending spree!
Site Lighting & Power
All the lamps used on-site are low energy and we turn off the perimeter tower lights in the daytime. Load sharing generators are used across the festival, to make best use of the fuel consumed on-site. We are also working with the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to help the Larmer Tree Estate gain International Dark Sky Reserve Status.