Launching All Together Now gave us the opportunity to create a sustainable and environmentally friendly festival where we could decide to set our own standards. We are passionate about creating and promoting sustainability at All Together Now and we are acutely aware of our duty of care to the stunning area we will be using for our festival.
Sustainability is an immensely important discussion in the given political climate and one we feel we need to act on. Issues such as Global Warming and Plastic dumping into ours seas and oceans for instance, are good examples of how we are not on the correct path to sustainability and are diverging from its principles. We are firm believers in making as much effort on our part to promote sustainability as we can and this will be self-evident at All Together Now.
In order to leave as small a footprint as possible, of both the carbon and physical nature, we are taking some drastic initiatives to reduce our waste, recycle and use environmentally friendly, compostable materials at our festival. Below are some of the initiatives we are implementing to make our festival an example of sustainability.
Plastic is among the most prominent causes of pollution on our planet today. In a study by Ecowatch, it was that found that over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century. This is a clear and indisputable indicator that the problem of plastic is growing at an insurmountable rate. To combat the large volume of plastic that is normally produced at a festival, we have decided that stringent measures are required. All Together Now has decided that we will not be providing any plastic materials at our festival including plastic bottles, plastic bags, plastic food packaging, plastic cups etc. In general, plastic equates to around 10 percent of the total waste we generate however, at All Together Now our goal is to make sure we produce far less than the industry standard.
We are committed as festival organisers, to ensuring the minimal use of plastic throughout the All Together Now festival site – on our own part and any external bodies present at the festival.
All Together Now is targeting the epidemic that plastic is having on our environment and by making the decision to ban the sale of plastic bottles, we are ensuring the reduction in the volume of plastic used at our festival and hence, minimising it’s susceptibility to end up in general waste. We are focused on producing a festival that has dramatically increased volumes of recycling and composting and providing a sustainable alternative is how to we plan on doing this.
It has taken us time and research to find a sustainable alternative for plastic water bottles which would be suitable and fit for use for our festival. We are proud to offer our environmentally friendly and fully recyclable ‘Eco Water’ which will be available at all outlets at the festival.
Eco Water packaging is more sustainable than using traditional water bottles (even the ones we recycle). The carton is made of 90% recycled materials and is 100% recyclable – even the cap. The water, sourced from the Teutoburg forest in Germany is also of a high standard and is a registered mineral water.
To produce one carton of Eco water, we used
30 times less CO2 w compared to a glass bottle
5 times less CO2 than a PET Carton
Drinking water available at designated points around the festival including main arenas and campsites. Eco Water cartons are reusable and can be refilled at these points.
We are delighted to be partnering with Good Intent who will be bringing you a new cardboard camping option, this is a completely new way of thinking about a product! The Cardboard Tent is designed in a circular fashion! The cardboard from tent is used in several applications, such as boxes in the logistics industry, or festival gadgets for you to enjoy. In the end of it’s life, the tent can be fully recycled! We build up your Good Intnet for you before you arrive! That means that you can immediately start enjoying your festival as soon as you arrive! Because the tent is made of cardboard, it stays fresh in the morning! The material blocks the sunlight, ensuring a good night’s rest! Details on the Good Intent on sale coming very soon via the alltogethernow.ie
Traders and Vendors
One negative consequence to traditional festival food is that it creates a large volume of waste packaging (and litter) and at All Together Now we want to combat this as much as we possibly can. We want to reduce this non- reusable waste and increase the amount of recycling in this aspect of the festival. In order to do this, all of our Traders and Vendors will be expected to use fully compostable and recyclable materials during the festival. This includes plates, knives and forks, cups etc.
Coffee and Beer Cups produce a large portion of the non-recyclable waste at festivals. All Together Now has excluded any single use cups being provided on the festival site. All cups used will be fully compostable and/or recyclable. We have been able to implement this with the co-operation of our sponsors and partners who are also working with us to instil this initiative.
Recycling is a key factor to All Together Now implementing its sustainable initiatives. It allows us to reduce the volume of non- recycled waste leaving the festival site as well minimising any damage done to the immediate environment or the potential for damage from its disposal.
Recycling in the last decade has become an inherent part of many people’s daily routine and at festivals, our attitude shouldn’t change. We will be providing Compost, Glass, Can and Paper recycling facilities at All Together Now. We encourage our attendees to bring as little plastic as possible and to make use of the plastic recycling facilities we have on site - to help us cut down on as little plastic as possible being left behind and damaging the surrounding environment.
Camping areas cause some of the highest volumes of waste in a festival. While tents and camping equipment are not fully recyclable – they are fully reusable. We ask that you bring your camping equipment home or donate it to your local charity to be re-used again.
Recycling and Waste Disposal will be provided by Panda.
Further details on this will be announced shortly.
Cleaning up after our festivals is a fundamental part of our festival success. We are committed to leaving the areas we use for All Together Now, unscathed. Cigarettes butts damage the immediate environment, as well as being unsightly in an area of natural beauty. Cleaning up cigarette butts after a festival is very labour and time intensive for our cleaners and diminish the focus on other key clean up efforts. Sand barrels will be located at all main festival areas and we would be grateful for your help and consideration in our efforts to protect the local flora and fauna.
We are mindful that with 15,000 attendees attending Curraghmore for the festival days, there will be a large increase in traffic volume around the site. Public Transport and Carpooling are useful and sustainable ways of travelling and we would encourage you to take those methods of transport where possible. We are partnering with the following companies in an effort to reduce the traffic volume and imposition the locality of Portlaw.
We are partnering with a private bus operator who be providing regular bus services from Waterford to All Together Now. Bus times will be listed here shortly.
We will be providing designated car parks at All Together Now. We would ask you to be mindful of local residents and park in designated car parks.
We are partnering with GoCarShare to provide Carpool options. More details will be announced shortly.