Top Green Festivals

If you didn’t guess it yet (clues in the name) – here at Carbon, we like to do our bit for the environment. And we want to encourage others to do the same.

There’s loads of ways we practice this, for instance we purchase renewable energy and we also have a tree planting campaign – yep – for every order we receive we plant a tree and donate to local community groups, volunteer groups, schools or any other organisations that we can help in Salford. Which makes it a total of about 8,000 trees so far.

Plus, come rain or shine you’ll find us doing a spot of gardening every Friday at The Ordsall Hall. Personally, I’m pretty new to Carbon… and to gardening for that matter! But it’s been really refreshing to work for a company that chooses to give back to the environment and genuinely cares about the health and wellbeing of not just the staff, but what’s going on around them – local businesses and initiatives in Salford. And yes – I can officially say gardening DOES make you feel good – channel your inner Titchmarsh.

But that’s enough about us. What we really wanna know is how green-fingered are you? We’re here to give you the green guide to eco-friendly festivals you can get to this summer so you can still feel like you’re doing your bit. Leave the weeding to us.

Green Man

Didn’t manage to get a Glastonbury ticket this year? Me either. But, this ultra-green festival is perhaps the next best thing. Located just inside the Welsh boarder at Brecon Beacons, every Green Man ticket lets you explore ten magical areas. Not only do the festival organisers have an extensive recycling and litter picking scheme which they give you the tools for on arrival, they also have a Green Man Trust which champions the arts and development opportunities, promotes working creatively with local welsh communities and encourages public engagement with science.
The festival this year runs 18th – 21st August, so fingers crossed the ‘Hottest Summer EVER’ really does happen. Line-up includes acts such as Belle & Sebastian, James Blake, Laura Marling and lots more.

The Green Gathering

Consider yourself a bit of a hippie? You’ll love this then. Powered by Wind, Sun and People (their words) the Green Gathering is now in its second year, but is the latest incarnation in a string of historical movements of Green Festivals. This festival is a family-friendly get together for lovers of music, cabaret & spoken word, talks, films & skill shares. Sound like your thing? There’s still time to get your ticket. 4-7th August, Piercefield Park, Chepstow, NP16 6BE.

Roskilde Festival

Fancy going a little further afield? Roskilde Festival is the largest North European Culture and music festival and has been around since 1971. The organisers? A Non-profit society – Roskilde Festival Charity. The mission? To support initiatives benefitting children and young people and to support humanitarian and cultural work. The festival is made up of mostly volunteers reaching to over 30,000! Plus, around 50 full time employees. Although this year’s festival has been and gone –next year’s dates have been announced already so stick these in your diary. 24 June – 1 July.

Hay Festival

And for the linguistics amongst us, Hay Festival brings writers and readers together to share stories and ideas in sustainable events on five continents. So if you want to get involved – there’s plenty of options to choose from.

London Green Fair

It’s not all tree-hugging and embracing the mud though in order to raise awareness of being eco-friendly and promoting green issues. For those who want to get involved a little closer to home perhaps London Green Fair is more up your street. The two-day event is held in Regents Park and has an eclectic mix of music, a BikeFest and an ethical fashion show. There’s also children’s activities and the choice of local produce at the Fair’s integrated farmers’ market. Fun for everyone!

Have we twisted your arm? Enjoy some festival fun whilst feeling like you’re saving the world.