We’re proud of Suffolk and the long-standing tradition it has of of doing things differently!
As a county, it is taking the lead in aiming to create “the greenest county”, working in partnership with businesses, projects, schools and communities to enhance the natural and historic environment and responding to climate change.
In 2014 FolkEast was awarded a Silver Carbon Charter in recognition of our commitment to creating a sustainable festival for Suffolk… and in 2016, we were absolutely delighted to be finalists in the Creating the Greenest County Awards for Sustainable Tourism.
Each year the the FolkEast festival is becoming more efficient. In 2015 a 1000 litres of fuel was saved simply by improving our power management and in 2016 a re-design of the site layout resulted in less fencing and one less 45 foot truck load.
For the past three years FolkEast has run The Soapbox Stage entirely off the Solar Double Decker Bus and in 2017 , we will be expanding the area powered by solar power from the bus. By using propane gas shower units, generator and fuel costs have been reduced.
FolkEast has been committed to supporting ”local” since the outset and now with the exception of the main stage P/A system , every part of the event infrastructure is sourced from Suffolk companies, cutting down our carbon footprint and keeping the money in the local economy.
We continue to achieve around 90% of all food and drink consumed during the event being locally produced. We started this in 2014 with local restaurateur David Grimwood of The Froize and his “The Imagined Suffolk Food Village” – a group of local food producers who brought their own take on festival food sourced locally to FolkEast. And at a reasonable price rather than the standard over priced festival food.
From the outset we have only used Suffolk brewers and cider makers and for the last three years, all ale has been £3 to £3.50 per pint and will be again this year.
We are currently working towards our Gold Carbon Charter and this years challenge is a focus on food waste and packaging. Our aim is to become totally compostable so that all food waste mixed with packaging can be sent to the local anaerobic digestion plant.
In 2016 our aim was to send our compostable waste to the local anaerobic digestion plant. But ongoing issues with cross contamination hindered the process.
So for 2017, we will be working with our newly created ” Green Team” of volunteers to help inform and advise public and staff alike on the waste management issues.
It is important to us that we create minimum environmental impact. We work closely with the Glemham Hall Estate and the farmer whose cattle graze the parkland . We are on site for just 2 weeks, from the build through to the derig , leaving the land ready for the cattle to return within a couple of days of us leaving. It is a beautiful site and we are lucky that our audience, artists and crew appreciate it’s uniqueness and treat it with respect.
It won’t happen overnight but we are committed to making the changes needed and improving our working practices to help create a sustainable festival.
B & J 2017
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