Being green is fundamental to the Green Man festival (it is one half of our name after all). So here are some of the ways in which you help keep Green Man green!
With so many lovely festival-goers, it’s understandable that more than half of the waste generated at the festival comes from our guests and is left within the campsite areas. But you can help: once again we are teaming up with Help Refugees and Newport to Calais Aid Collective. They are going to be collecting unwanted, unbroken camping equipment and food that will go to refugees around the world. They will have drop off points in each campsite and near Family Box Office and General Box Office. They particularly would like: tents, sleeping bags, blankets, coats, food and boots. Some donations (particularly food) may also go to local charities.
Please do not dump any camping equipment where you have camped, either take it to the drop off points, or if it is unusable, separate, bag and take to the rubbish/recycling points.
You can help reduce our carbon footprint further by travelling to the festival via more green methods. Booking a National Express coach that’ll drop you at the festival or train to Abergavenny (with a free shuttle-bus to get you to the festival) is a much more eco-friendly way of doing things. Or you could even cycle to the festival as we have a free lockable storage for bikes. If you do have to drive and have some spare seats, check out Go Car Share to carpool with people from your area.
We stipulate that all our food traders adhere to these minimum standards. Plan to eat out at the various amazing food stalls as much as possible when onsite, all of which provide compostable food ware and fair trade produce!
All tea, coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and bananas are Fairtrade. All meat/dairy should be a minimum standard of British Red Tractor. Fish should not be on the Marine Conservation Society’s 'Fish to Avoid' list.
Drinking water is provided throughout the festival site. You do not need to bring heavy loads of water. Bring your own bottles to refill or purchase one at the Green Man shop. Our charity pals, FRANK Water will also be on site serving refills of filtered, chilled water. Visit one of the two FRANK Water refill stands or find the roaming FRANK Tank to buy a refill bottle or BYO refill bottle and purchase a wristband to access unlimited refills of filtered, chilled water all weekend. Not only does this cut-down on single use-plastic, this'll also support FRANK Water's incredible initiatives for sanitary & safe water.
Nappy bins are provided within the family campsite and the accessible campsite. By making the extra little effort to keep these separate from all other waste you are helping us to keep our excellent litter pickers happy and hygienic - so a big thank-you from them in advance.
We use all sorts of alternative power sources at the festival. The solar stage is 100% solar powered and the Omni Tent and Workshop Dome in Einstein’s Garden are powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Lots of activities in Little Folk and Somewhere are pedal powered and we also offer pedal powered phone charging.
The majority of our electricity on site comes from generators which use diesel. We currently work with our power supplier to purchase Carbon Offset credits through an ISO 9001/4001 Company to ensure we give back to the global ecosystem to a certified standard. In 2017 we offset 34,975 litres of diesel.
You won't see plastic straws at our bars, (in fact we've never used them in all these years!). We've calculated that's around 250,000 straws saved since 2007.
Festival goers love glitter, however we are now all aware of the damage micro-plastics do the the environment and the oceans. This year all our traders and face painters will be using biodegradable glitter made from plant cellulose and metallised aluminium. We are also asking all festival goers to only bring biodegradable glitter.
We’re not too keen on disposable plastic cups here at Green Man, festival goers will need to purchase a reusable stacking cup, to drink at our bars. Brilliant for carrying 5 pints at once and taking home as a souvenir after the festival, any cups that are left over after this year, we will wash, dry and store to re-use next year.
Reusable coffee cups will be available to buy from our Table Top Coffee stalls and the merchandise tent, or you can bring your own. There will be a 50p discount at our Table Top Coffee stalls if you have a reusable cup.
Plus, all food traders packaging and cutlery will be certifiable compostable.
Please consider what you bring with you and try and reduce it as much as is reasonably possible. Consider the packaging and leave as much as possible in your recycling bins at home, in 2017 alone we recycled over 7 tonnes of paper and cardboard and over 6 tonnes of plastic. This means less to carry too!
Please try not to bring flimsy single use camping gear that won’t last beyond the weekend. Insubstantial gazebos, camping chairs, and single skin tents, aren’t suitable for the Welsh weather, they are terrible for the environment and are difficult to recycle effectively.
Upon arrival at the box office you will be provided with several plastic bags:
Clear bags are for recycling: paper, cardboard, plastic, cans and glass.
Black bags are for non-recyclable waste e.g everything else!
Please try to separate all your recyclables from non-recyclable waste! Perhaps share common bags with your neighbours; rubbish is always a good way of breaking the ice!
Please leave your clear and black bags separately at the rubbish holding points located throughout the campsites. If you need more bags you can get these from the Box offices, Keep Green Man Green stall, the Stewards point in Settlement or from any Litter pickers you see; so please just ask us.
Arena areas will have plenty of waste bins (oil drums) and recycling bins (wheelie bins). Again, do try your hardest to put your rubbish in the correct means – it makes a huge difference!
Cigarette butts and filters do not biodegrade and their fibers can take 10-15 years to break down. Please use the cigarette butt pouches, available from the concession stalls, rather than dropping them! They all have to be picked up so please do your best to help us out.
We've loads of local beers, ciders & tipples on offer. Most are brewed in nearby Welsh breweries, meaning that the carbon footprint of transportation is dramatically reduced!
We've teamed up with the lovely Loo-Watt to provice eco-luxury toilets that are water and chemical free, along with providing a grooming area (with hair dryers, straighteners, etc). Book here.