The Nannup Music Festival engages directly with the challenge of environmental sustainability through its Green Steps initiative.
The lack of recycling infrastructure in the regional town of Nannup is a problem which gets accentuated during the Festival when approximately up to 10,000 people visit our town. We constantly seek solutions to reduce the Festival’s waste and we love creating opportunities to inform and educate our audience on environmental issues.
Our aim is to take a few green steps further every year and to eventually put the Nannup Music Festival at the forefront of environmentally friendly event management.
Our Green Steps so far:
We have joined the Oil Sponsorship Free commitment program and we do not 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 their carbon footprint.
We incorporate environmentally themed talks 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 Nannup Music Festival water bottles (which are also available at our merch tent) and we ask our patrons to BYO bottle and/or cup.
We use recycled Who Gives A Crap toilet paper and thus actively contribute to the funding of sanitation projects for those in need, the saving of trees, water and the reduction greenhouse gas emissions.
We have partnered with Event-Carpool in an effort to promote ride sharing and reduce carbon emissions related to our Festival.
In 2015, we implemented our ongoing “Refill & Re-hydrate” project funded by Keep Australia Beautiful WA. The project saw the set-up of three water refill stations over 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 Beautifu 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 for 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.
Also in 2017, we introduced new food stall guidelines; all stallholders are now asked to use only biodegradable/compostable takeaway cutlery, meal and beverage containers and bags. Food traders are also given the opportunity to compost their organic waste in the bins provided and thus donate compost to the Nannup Community Garden.
We’re super proud to have been invited to apply for the 2017 Tidy Towns Sustainable Community Awards thanks to our sustainability efforts. The awards celebrate social and environmental projects in regional communities across Western Australia who are doing the best with local resources. Nannup Music Festival is one of 41 entries for 2017 and the communities are located from Tjuntjuntjara in the east to Pemberton in our South West.