Looking for a festival that leaves no trace on the planet? Get down to Gloucestershire for the very first No Planet B Festival, the UK’s largest zero waste festival. Championing Veganism, Minimalism and a Zero Waste lifestyle. This alternative summer festival is the brainchild of Maudie Johnson, Christopher Bush and Hannah Lobb, and the Cotswolds-based event will boost environmental awareness via a varied programme of food, entertainment and talks. Here, founder Maudie Johnson tells us more…
‘I was fed up of digital realities and wanted a place for all the people who inspire my everyday on social platforms to meet in person and take action! A global change is needed, with warnings stating that there will be more waste plastic in the sea than fish (by weight) by 2050, unless industries cleans up its act. Trying to live a vegan, zero waste and minimalist lifestyle can often feel isolating and comes with challenges, but it was made easier by connecting with others online who share the same values and even more effective in person!
‘I envisioned a place where like-minded eco-warriors could all relax and enjoy sharing their expertise and life experiences in a beautiful stress free environment, with the aim of fostering a necessary culture of climate action. We could have launched a day event in London, but it just wouldn’t have offered the same experience I was after. We needed to be in the open countryside breathing in fresh air, taking time to digest and integrate learning into everyday activities like yoga, eating, relaxing and having fun with friends.’
‘Absolutely. We are setting a precedent for how festivals could and should run! Just to be clear the term zero waste means nothing going into landfill. Landfills create water and air pollution, and are a breeding ground for deadly insects and pests. We need to take action on a global scale and also in our everyday lives to reduce climate change!
‘All our own marketing will be digital along with tickets. Research now suggests all plastic packaging is only used once! We need to get back to basics and cut out this unnecessary waste. And that’s why we putting the responsibility on all attendees to bring their own stainless steel water bottles, food containers, cutlery, coffee cups, and a metal straw. If they don’t have their own, they can either purchase a No Planet B Festival Zero Waste starter kit as a ticket add on or purchase on site.
‘The vendors will be weighing the food instead of using disposable containers to measure portions and the guests will wash up their kits after use. We feel very strongly about this and we have to ensure we implement these requirements to save our planet and the diminishing marine life.
‘Further actions that we will be implementing are employing NPB teams to help attendees pack up their tents, so none are left on site and sent to the landfill. Transportation is also a primary source of Greenhouse gas emissions and we are encouraging all attendees to book into our group travel scheme to help keep emissions as low as possible.’
‘‘Salt Lamp Sessions’ curated by the talented Ben Hill who recently got four yes’s and a standing ovation from the crowd on Britain’s Got talent for his eye opening and soulful songs. James Aspey and his gorgeous girlfriend Carly Taylor, ‘the Posh and Becks’ of the vegan world. An exclusive live panel with members of the farming community in talks with vegan activists to discuss possible solutions as the world moves towards a more vegan existence.’
‘We wouldn’t class ourselves as a family festival, but we recognise the importance of educating all generations and ensure our children grow up equipped with the know-how to live sustainable lives. Therefore, we will be a dedicated family area for those eco-conscious families to interact with hosting ambassadors to create wonderful arts and craft pieces focused around our festival’s core themes.’
‘You’ll never want to leave! Limited Early Bird tickets go live 1st of May on Kickstarter.’
Date: August 17-19 2018
Location: Elmore, Gloucester, Gloucestershire
Tickets live: Tuesday 1 May | www.noplanetbfestival.com/join-us
Ticket types: 500 exclusive early bird tickets with rewards available