Love Saves The Day credit Khris Cowley

Team Love releases Love Saves The Day sustainability report

Team Love, the organiser of Love Saves The Day, has published a sustainability report, detailing the festival’s findings and challenges. Plus, it outlines the organiser’s sustainablity goals for the 2024 event.

Having signed the Vision: 2025 Pledge, Team Love has incorporated promoting fairer and greener events, transparency and clear communication with stakeholders into its company ethos.

As part of the Drastic on Plastic campaign, Love Saves The Day banned single-use plastic on site in 2022, which included glitter, and encouraged attendees to bring their own reusable water bottles to the festival. Last year saw Love Saves continue their efforts to reduce single-use plastic on site wherever possible.

2023 has since seen the festival further reduce waste by an impressive seven tonnes compared to the 2022 show, upping recycling on site to 53 per cent, with all general waste going to energy recovery and none of it going to landfill. The event also introduced reusable cable ties in the build of the festival, along with disposable vape bins on site, and free personal ashtrays given out during the event.

The report shares the environmental impact data Team Love collected, and explores on-site infrastructure and services including waste, energy, catering, toilets and water. When it came to audience transport, Team Love made a conscious effort to make sustainable options accessible with subsidised shuttle bus travel which was carbon- balanced with ecolibrium – 58 per cent of festival attendees chose to take the Love Bus to Ashton Court, helping reduce environmental footprint.

Some goals set for the 2024 event involve a focus on increasing food sustainability credentials with food traders, incorporating more theatrical elements to waste initiatives to improve engagement, with an aim to increase the recycling rate by seven per cent. Other goals include running a work placement scheme for young people and continuing to keep the event as affordable as possible.

Tom Paine, director of Love Saves The Day, said: “It has been great to continue our documentation of our sustainability practices for Love Saves The Day, these reports continue to be a real learning process for ourselves as a company. We realise we are only at the beginning of exploring the impact that we have across our events and also how we can not only negate these impacts but also encourage the positive connections and behaviour amongst our audiences, staff and suppliers that we hope continues to expand after the events themselves.

“We hope that by publishing this work and being as transparent as we can in doing so, we not only hold ourselves to account and give us targets to improve each year, but we also help to normalise this kind of work across all festivals and show that any event, big or small, can also undertake these reports and look to improve year-on-year in a positive way.”

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