Sustainability

From the outset of FolkEast we have strived to be as environmentally sound as we can be. In 2014 we were awarded the Suffolk Carbon Charter at silver level reflecting the work we had done so far. This included sourcing around 95% of the event infrastructure from within Suffolk, thereby vastly reducing the potential road miles used to get kit on and off the site. This also has the added bonus of keeping the money in the local economy.

Since then we have achieved about 85-90% of all of the food and drink sold on site being Suffolk produced.

The free shuttle bus service between the site and Wickham Market station has seen a steady growth in demand allowing people from anywhere in the country the ability to get to and from FolkEast by train. This has been made possible with a collaboration between FolkEast and the Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

We have reduced our on site fuel consumption by around third using better power management and are continually working to improve the disposal of waste from the site.

In 2017 our carbon charter was reaccredited at gold level and by using intelligent generators last year we now have reliable data about our on site power demands that will enable us to reduce the generator sizes and subsequent fuel consumption even further.

Each year we increase the percentage of the site that is solar powered. In 2018 we powered the Soapbox stage, the woods and the Cinema tent thanks to the “Solar Decker”, a double decker bus fully converted as a solar generator.

Our future aspirations include incorporating compost loos and achieving a vast increase in our waste recycling.

You can help us achieve these goals, is there anything on the following list that you can do?

  • Use the train rather than the car
  • Car share
  • Take your rubbish home with you
  • Bring your own reusable food and drink containers