The Nannup Music Festival engages directly with the challenge of environmental sustainability through its Green Steps Initiative. Minimising the festival’s environmental impact and creating opportunities to raise awareness on environmental issues are key priorities. Our aim is to take a few green steps each year and to eventually put the Nannup Music Festival at the forefront of environmentally friendly event management.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
- BYO BOTTLE AND CUP
- REFILL THEM AT OUR WATER STATIONS
- ASK OUR STALLHOLDERS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY SERVING AND PACKAGING OPTIONS
- ACCEPT NO PLASTIC BAGS FROM STALLHOLDERS
- ACCEPT NO STRAWS (UNLESS THEY ARE COMPOSTABLE)
- LEAVE NO TRACE AROUND THE FESTIVAL SITE AND CAMPGROUNDS
- USE THE RIGHT BIN FOR YOUR WASTE
- SHARE A RIDE TO THE FESTIVAL
Our Green Steps so far:
We have joined the Oil Sponsorship Free commitment program and we don’t take any oil, coal, or gas corporate sponsorship for our cultural work. We call on our peers and institutional partners to refuse fossil fuel funding too.
We try to source local products and services as much as possible thus reducing our carbon footprint.
We incorporate environmentally themed panels and workshops into our program in the hope of affecting attitudes and behaviours in the community.
We provide all our artists with free stainless steel water bottles and we ask our patrons to BYO bottle and cup. In 2015, we implemented our ongoing “Refill & Re-hydrate” project funded by Keep Australia Beautiful WA. The project saw the set-up of water refill stations around the festival site and a drastic reduction of plastic single-use water bottles that would otherwise end up into landfill.
In 2017 and with funding again from Keep Australia Beautiful WA we introduced our also ongoing “Serving the Planet, One Meal at a Time” project. It includes the use of 100% washable and reusable crockery and cutlery as well as that of a wash-down station at our Bush Breakfast which serves over 1,000 breakfasts to patrons and volunteers over the festival weekend. In this way, we have eliminated the number of food and beverage containers related to our Festival breakfast and we are practically showcasing the use of 100% waste free serving alternatives.
All stallholders are asked to use only completely compostable takeaway cutlery, meal and beverage containers and bags. Food traders are also asked to dispose of any organic waste generated by food preparation in the compost bins provided; the compost is then donated to the Nannup Community Garden. In addition, we ask that there be no single-use, disposable plastic water bottles available for sale by our stalls.
From 2018 onwards we will be self-managing our festival waste, in order to ensure recycling at our bars and organic waste composting, which was previously non-viable due to our regional location.
We use recycled Who Gives A Crap toilet paper in our portable loos and thus contribute to the funding of sanitation projects for those in need, the saving of trees, water and the reduction greenhouse gas emissions.
We promote ride sharing as a way of reducing carbon emissions related to our Festival.
We’re super proud to be the 2017 State Winner in the Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Awards Litter Prevention and Waste Management category, thanks to the festival’s Green Steps Initiative. The awards celebrate social and environmental projects in regional communities across Western Australia who are doing the best with local resources. Nannup Music Festival was one of 41 entries for 2017 and the communities were located from Tjuntjuntjara in the east to Pemberton in our South West.