BEING GREEN

Festivals have a big impact on the environment from the transport, to the power, to the waste to the food consumed.  We try to plan FollyFest with this in mind and are working on ways to reduce our impact on our local and global environment.

FollyFest Reusable Cups

FollyFest reusable cups are back this year. They not only look fantastic but prevent the use of Thousands of single-use plastic cups. During the festival all bars and drinks outlets in the town will be required to serve takeaway drinks in the reusable FollyFest cup. Just pay a small deposit for your cup at the start of the weekend and then use it again and again for drinks at any of the town centre bars. Once the festival is over you can choose to keep your cup as a souvenir, or return it to get your deposit refunded.

Bring Your Own Containers

With so many fabulous food and drink stalls at the festival you won’t want to miss out. Rather than having to use disposable containers and cutlery we encourage all festival goers to bring their own containers for take-away food, cold and hot drinks. We do ask that you refrain from bringing glass containers into the festival areas for safety reasons.

Recycling & Waste

Our waste provider is helping us ensure that any non-recyclable waste will be diverted from landfill. Instead it will be sent to an energy recovery centre where it’s used as fuel for renewable energy plants.

We have asked our stall holders to refrain from using disposable plastic as much as possible. As well as encouraging them to take their own waste home rather than leaving it on site. We hope these measures will encourage systems of food preparation and serving that create less waste.

No Plastic Water Bottles

This year we have requested our stall holders refrain from selling bottled water. Those serving drinks are required to do so in, infinitely recyclable, aluminium cans or to support the use of the FollyFest cup. We’re also switching the water we provide to our performers from bottled water to canned. You can of course refill your follyfest cup with tap water for free at any of the participating venues.

Re-use

Where possible we’re reusing decor, signage and props from previous years events. When we need to create something new we try to use reclaimed materials or materials which can be easily be re-used or recycled at the end of their life. Watch out for Follyfest bunting appearing in other events across the town!

LED Lighting

Our music stages use LED lighting which is much more efficient than incandescent bulb types helping reduce the amount of energy needed to keep us rocking into the night!

Transport

We encourage all attendees, performers and volunteers to come to the festival by foot, pedal power or public transport. We aim to book as many local performers, stall holders and service providers as possible also helping to reduce transport emissions.

Low to No Paper

This year we’re going digital with our programs and flyers helping reduce the amount of paper and printing we do. Instead you’ll spot QR codes dotted about the site which will take you to our full events program for the day or you can visit our website anytime in the run up to the festival for the most up to date information. We are also working with our media partner The Advertiser, to print a FollyFest schedule in the July copy of the magazine, so no need for separate printed programmes.

Raising Awareness

We are proud to have Coxwell Green Energy and the Wildlife Trust amongst our stall holders. The UK Government’s declaration of a climate emergency and Faringdon Town Councils’ commitment to making Faringdon a plastic free community will be signposted around the town on notice boards.

We are a volunteer run event, we get things wrong. If you see a way for us to make FollyFest better from an environmental perspective, get in touch and let us know – Even better, please come and join the organising committee for FollyFest 2023. Reach out to chair@faringdonfollyfest.co.uk