As anyone who has attended our beloved Shambala and Starry Skies events will know, environmental sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. Camp Kin will have the same pioneering and award-winning sustainability standards in place, and provides an opportunity for us to push even further with new ideas, due to the scale of the event.
Have a read about what initiatives we’ve got at Camp Kin to make it seriously low impact!
COMPLETELY DISPOSABLES FREE
Our aim (Covid-allowing) is for Camp Kin to be completely free of disposables – this means no disposable/single use packaging will be used on site.
REUSABLE CUP SCHEME
Working with brilliant organisations like RAW and Refresh West, we’ve long had reusable bar cup systems in place. Rather than disposable plastic or paper cups, we operate a reusable bar cup system. People pay a one-off £1 levy when they buy their first drink at the event and then get a fresh cup when they return their cup to the bar. After the festival all the dirty cups are taken to an industrial washing facility to be cleaned and reused for other events. Many lifecycle analyses have shown that reusable plastic bar cups used 3 times have a lesser environmental impact than a typical single-use cup despite the transportation and washing impacts.
BRING A BOTTLE SCHEME
We don’t sell plastic water bottles at any of our events (and haven’t done since 2013). So, please bring your own bottle and make use of the many water points dotted around the campsite and at the bar.
100% RENEWABLE POWER
Removing ourselves from reliance on fossil fuels is a key aim for us, and we’re excited to be in a position to run the whole of Camp Kin on renewable energy!
On site there will be no diesel generators – instead we will use 100% solar and battery (using the grid connection in a barn with a green electricity tariff). All our buggies will be electric and lighting will be mostly LED.
MEAT & FISH FREE
As with Shambala, the whole of Camp Kin will be Meat & Fish Free, because of the resounding evidence that this dramatically reduces the environmental impact. Campers are welcome to bring their own supplies if those morning bacon sarnies are a deal breaker for you – we’d advise packing a cool box for those, and please buy ethically.
All our food traders are selected based on how delicious their grub is, but also: their energy efficiency; provable ethical food procurement; waste minimisation and travel miles; as well as any extra environmental or social initiatives traders themselves have. This means you can really chow down on serious soul food that’s good for your belly and the planet. We are striving to offer as much organic and seasonal food as is possible. The same goes for the ethical array of drinks and tipples we have at our bar.
NET ZERO CAMPING
Camp Kin will be a ‘net zero’ camp. We achieve this by; minimising emissions in every way possible, robustly measuring impacts, and balancing unavoidable emissions (including all travel) through climate investments with ecolibrium.