Bluedot’s unique nature as a celebration of planet Earth is thanks to our love for the world around us, and a deep desire to protect and nurture it for future generations. We incorporate the concept of ‘Spaceship Earth’ – a world view that humans should work together harmoniously to look after the planet.
Alongside our sustinability initiatives, we’ve also invited key names within the field of climate change to join us to highlight the future of our blue dot. Scroll down for our initiatives, which we put in place to allow bluedot to take place with as minimal an impact on the planet as possible.
At bluedot, we’re working closely with our friends at Jodrell Bank exploring how sustainability plays a central role in all our work across the festival and beyond. From being one of the first festivals in the UK to use all LED festoon lighting in our inaugral year, to using a vast 15 acre wildlife refuge as our home at Jodrell Bank, both us and the team at the Observatory work hard to reduce waste and minimise our carbon footprint at the festival.
While we work hard to put sustainability at the heart of festival production, a key part of our overarching public mission is ‘to highlight the fragility of planet Earth’.
BALANCE YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
- Offering festival goers the choice to make a ‘Carbon Balancing’ donation when they buy their tickets. We give our staff, contractors and artists the opportunity to do the same with Energy Revolution. We invest 100% of this in renewable energy with Energy Revolution, a festival industry collaborative charity.
- Initiate car sharing schemes and providing coaches for festival-goers to arrive together.
NO SINGLE-USE PLASTICS
- We’re working alongside the AIF to ban single-use plastics at the festival. Removing the use of plastic straws, plastic containers, plastic cutlery and single serve sachets of salt, pepper, sugar or sauce from food traders.
- All onsite water sales will be in the form of Can-O-Water instead of single use plastic water bottles, so no plastic bottles of soft drinks will be available. We encourage our festival goers to bring their own refillable water bottle for use onsite. We will also be giving all our staff and artists who join us reusable water bottles.
ZERO WASTE TO LANDFILL
- 0% of our waste will be going to landfill. We’ll be providing extensive recycling opportunities across the festival site which we’ll separate at source, sending less to incinerators. All food waste will be split from other waste across the site, to then be composted.
- We’ll be working with 8th Plate to salvage any food waste from traders and donate to the local community.
UNITED UTILITIES REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLES
- Last year we worked together with United Utilities, where they installed free refill water points across the festival and provided free water bottles for festival goers. Their free water bottle initiative was awarded Brand Activation of the Year at the UK Festival Awards 2019.
More info on how we’re working with them in 2020 coming soon.
ALTERNATIVE POWER SUPPLIES
We will replace generators with diesel generators in some areas and introduce Hybrid generators with fuel monitoring to give us the data to use less in at future festivals.
ABANDONED CAMPING EQUIPMENT
We are working with the AIF for their ‘Take Your Tent Home’ and ‘Say No To Single Use’ campaign. We offer tent collections for charity and provide an onsite local food bank collection for leftover sealed food from campsites and traders.
All wristbands will be made from bamboo and recycled plastics.
TRAVEL TO BLUEDOT
Bluedot is part of an unprecedented festival industry initiative, which aims to account for audience travel. 63% of our festivals carbon footprint is audience travel. You can make a donation when you buy your tickets, 100% of which will be invested in renewable energy. Watch the video below or find out more HERE.
Last year, your Carbon Balancing donations contributed to an incredible project in the UK, including a community owned wind-turbine in the Forest of Dean that supplies clean electricity to the local community. The 500KW wind turbine creates 1,550 MWh per year, powering 350 local homes with clean electricity and saving 731 tonnes of CO2 each year. The project also offers a fund to support local projects that are working to build community resilience, especially around reducing fuel poverty through energy efficiency and education.
CYCLE TO BLUEDOT
Reduce your carbon footprint and pedal to bluedot with the team at Red Fox Cycling!
Cycle from Manchester Piccadilly Station either Thursday 23 July or Friday 24 July with a gathering of like-minded people and join them on an adventurous cycle to Jodrell Bank. Every rider will enjoy a Meteor Showers pass + VIP upgrade for FREE for the weekend.
JODRELL BANK’S INITIATIVES
Our home Jodrell Bank Observatory is committed to sustainability and works towards the University of Manchester’s sustainable goals. Highlights from the Discovery Centre’s list of sustainable actions include:
- Using a hybrid vehicle for staff use, for example when travelling to educational outreach and community engagement sessions.
- Using an electric buggy on site.
- Buildings installed with wind catchers, air source heat pumps and LED lighting.
- Offices installed with movement sensor lighting to reduce energy consumption and automatic windows to ensure heat conservation.
- Recycling bins across the site and a green waste recycling scheme for the gardens and grounds
- Maintaining the diverse ecology of the 35 acres of gardens and arboretum at Jodrell Bank.
- Working with local suppliers to promote local organic and sustainable food production in relation to the Jodrell Bank cafe.
In recognition to its commitment to sustainability, Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre recently received a Silver Award from Green Tourism. It was also awarded World Heritage Site status in July 2019.