We take pride in being an Eco-Friendly Festival.
As important as your choice of tipple is the vessel that holds it, so we’re delighted to introduce reusable plastic cups for End of the Road 2019.
Here’s the lowdown of how it works:
You buy your £2 cup with your first drink and then you will be reissued with a clean cup, at no extra charge, every time you go back to the bar, as long as you have your old dirty cup to exchange. Make sure you don’t lose your cup as you’ll have to buy a new one – and start the cycle all over again.
If you don’t want to keep your cup at the end of the event you are very welcome to return it to any of the bars and it will be put back into the system to be reused again and again, however, this is not a deposit scheme – the £2 you have paid is not refundable.
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.
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.
Instead of charging ticket transaction fees 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 been 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.
Our programme is printed on 100% recycled paper. Its environmentally friendly manufacturing process scores 98 out of 100 on the WWF benchmarking tool and all ink used is eco-friendly too, sourced from vegetables. So if you’re not keeping yours as a souvenir, make sure you recycle it and we might just end up using it all over again!
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 2019? 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 Eight 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!