In 2015 Bristol was named the UK’s first European Green Capital and has been leading the way in sustainability ever since. From clean transport and energy to bans on plastic, the city’s entrepreneurial core have been flexing their eco-friendly muscles in 2019 - here are some pioneering steps Bristol’s businesses have taken to help save the planet.
We The Curious
On June 5th of this year, Bristol’s premiere science centre We The Curious became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency by publicising their pledge to be carbon neutral by 2030. They use renewable energy sources (including generating energy from rooftop solar panels) and will remove all gas supplies by the target date.
To add to the Oowee Diner and Oowee Vegan family, deliciously dirty fast food chain Oowee opened Bristol first 100% vegan kebab shop: Oowee Vebab. For those who want to shy away from animal products to reduce their carbon footprint, pick up a “chick’n shawarma” filling or opt for spiced veggies.
Set to reopen in 2021, the iconic Bristol concert hall has also pledged carbon neutrality for the future. Bristol Music Trust revealed there will be a focus on renewable energy throughout the building, including solar panels, climate control technology to minimise waste and transforming food waste into energy. There will also be an emphasis on recycling and a ban on single-use plastic.
This year also saw the launch of Born Hybrid - an environmentally-friendly clothing brand that offers an affordable and ethical solution to fast fashion. The T-shirts in their collection are manufactured using renewable energy, made from organic cotton and sustainable wood pulp and printed in the UK using non-toxic inks. They even ship out their T-shirts in recyclable packaging.
Love Saves The Day
Our 2019 show saw us expand on our commitment to sustainability, which is one of our many core initiatives. We wanted to reduce the impact our festival has on the planet as well as encourage our ticket holders to party in an eco-friendly way:
- We promised to monitor our energy use by implementing a 10% cut on fuel usage as well as a switch to 100% HVO biodiesel.
- Throughout our bars and traders, single-use plastic was banned. This includes cups, cutlery, straws and food containers. Frank Water was on site to offer water refills to those who brought their own bottles and there was also a reusable cup deposit scheme.
- We encouraged our festival-goers to arrive via the carbon-balanced love shuttle buses -the most safe and eco-friendly way to travel. We also asked artist and traders to balance their carbon emissions to and from the festival by donating to Energy Revolution.
- We discouraged littering, public urination and using glitter that wasn’t eco-friendly.
Here’s to a sustainable 2020 for Love Saves The Day, Bristol and beyond.