Sustainability

The Just So Festival is produced by Wild Rumpus CIC  a not for profit family arts organisation established to take families on incredible outdoor creative adventures. Our aim is to minimise the potential negative impacts we have on the environment and to leave a positive contribution to the local community and economy.

We work year round from a woodland office on our festival site, from a converted horse-box and treehouse. At our office we use LED festoon lighting, we have recycling facilities and our toilets are compost loos. We have a bicycle at the local train station for visitors to use who arrive via public transport. We’re working on getting the solar panels fixed on the roof of the horse-box to help provide more renewable energy.  We spend a lot of time outdoors which we know improves our creativity health and wellbeing.

We aim to be a fair employer,  to pay fair wages and offer good working conditions and unlimited holidays.

We try to work with other local organisations to positive effect. In 2015 we offered over 200 free tickets to local charities to  use either to help raise money or to distribute to the people their charity supports.  If you are connected to a local charity or organisation who would like to know more about how to get involved then please drop us a line to hello@justsofestival.org.uk

We have taken the Festival Vision:2025 Pledge:

We aim to achieve a 50% reduction in festival-related annual GHG emissions by 2025. As a participating festival, we will put in place measures to achieve this such as:

  • Reducing waste where possible and aiming for 50% (or more) recycling rates by 2025.
  • Reducing reliance on fossil fuels and aiming to reduce annual diesel consumption by 50% (or more) by 2025.
  • Working with audiences, suppliers and artists to positively influence travel choices and reduce travel-related emissions.
  • Working with the supply chain to improve accountability and the sustainability of food sourcing.
  • Working together as an industry to share experiences (positive and negative) about changes we make, sharing best practice and working toward industry standards where appropriate.
  • Measuring impacts using credible methods
  • Working with Powerful Thinking to share information to enable (anonymous) annual reporting for the industry.

Please find below information on what we’re currently doing to manage and mitigate the impact of Just So Festival on the environment. We know there’s lots more to be done and in 2016 we aim to get better at measuring our carbon emissions, fuel consumption and waste management so that we can produce a more comprehensive action plan for the future.

Transport: 

Average car occupancy for those travelling to the festival is 4.

We encourage our audience to offset their carbon emissions from their travel to the festival with a donation option at the point of ticket purchase.  Donations go to certified carbon reduction projects through the Energy Revolution campaign, organised by Powerful Thinking.

We offer collection and drop off for volunteers from the local train station to encourage them to arrive by public transport.

Waste:

We have reduced the waste produced from the festival from 17.58 tonnes in 2014 to 12.04 tonnes in 2015.  But we need to do more to find out what’s happening to the waste being produced and try to establish a clearer picture of recycling rates.

We crush waste on site using farm equipment to minimise transport to and from site for skip lorries.We offer  a free nappy laundry service on site to promote the benefits of washable nappies.

We aim to build site decor and props so that they can be re-used in future years.

In 2015 we will introduce reusable cups at our bars.

Water:

Water consumption went up in 2015 from approx 50,000 litres in 2014 to just over 60,000 litres, in part attributable to an increase in artist, crew and audience numbers and in part to the very warm, muggy weather we experienced. We will continue to monitor water usage on site.

We offer free drinking water from standpipes throughout site and encourage our audience to bring a water bottle to refill.

Power:

In 2015 we used a hybrid system where a battery bank of solar generators was linked with a bio-diesel generator to take over the power supply during the night.

We use LED festoon lighting on site.

We switch generators off where not required.

Food:

We ask our caterers on site to minimise their packaging, to use biodegradable consumables and where possible source food locally, organically and fair-trade.

Our crew caterers likewise source their food and materials responsibly and use many fresh ingredients from the kitchen gardens on site and local farmers.

Future Plans:

We recognise that we’ve got a long way to go to make Just So Festival carbon neutral but that’s our aim. Our plan is to introduce more public facing sustainability projects as well as compost toilets on site and move towards 100% renewable power use.

You can help us by offsetting your carbon emissions for your travel, bringing a water bottle with you and ensuring you use the recycling facilities on site.