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WELCOME TO THE December Vision: 2025 News Bulletin

Welcome to the Vision: 2025 December Newsletter - our last edition for 2021. Wishing you all a happy festive break and looking forward to catching up in the New Year with a fresh event season ahead. In this edition...

  • Green Leader Q&A with Ben Robinson, Director at From the Fields (Bluedot & Kendal Calling)
  • Guest Blog on campsite waste with Chris Mastricci, founder of EcoWarriorz and F.W.R.D. 
  • Vision: 2025 launch Green Code of Conduct for UK outdoor event industry consultation
  • Industry Green Survey 2021 results and analysis + prize winner announced
  • Vision: 2025 curated panels at The Event Production Show 2022
  • Green supplier focus: Nordic Wristbands Ecobox22 and Cube Modular's 'event hotel'
  • News, links and save the dates from across the industry. 

Get in touch with your enquires and suggestions at info@vision2025.org.uk

GREEN LEADERS Q&A #18 - Ben Robinson, Director of From the Fields

Ben Robinson has founded and directed multiple festivals over the last 20 years. Having launched Kendal Calling in 2006 and overseen 15 sell-out editions, in 2016 he spearheaded the creation of Bluedot festival at Jodrell Bank Observatory. Ben oversees the day-to-day operations and evolution of Bluedot while still playing a hand in the From the Fields portfolio of events that reach across the UK from the Lake District through to Bournemouth’s Victorian Gardens.

This month we asked Ben about his inspiration, goals and challenges in terms of creating sustainable events - read his answers HERE.

In November Ben Street, Director of Wild Paths, took the Q&A. Read the interview HERE.

Guest Blog: Chris Mastricci, Co-Founder of F.W.R.D. and Ecowarriorz on Campsite Waste

In this guest blog Chris Mastricci, co-founder of F.W.R.D. (Festival Waste Reclamation and Distribution) and EcoWarriorz, talks through the realities of the challenges that festivals face in terms of engaging festival-goers in campsite clean-up schemes, sharing his experiences of what works - and what doesn’t.

Chris takes a detailed look at how Boomtown have tackled the problem over the years, including their support for campsite waste engagement teams, and the mindset of action (over empty messaging), which leads to the necessary willingness to get really practical when it comes to campsite clean ups. Read the blog HERE.

Vision: 2025 launch Green Code of Conduct for UK Outdoor Event Industry Consultation

Vision: 2025 launch a consultation for ground-breaking industry Green Code of Conduct, to provide clear minimum environmental standards for all UK outdoor events.

The code has been developed by Vision:2025 member associations, including AIF, AFO, NOEA, EIF, and organisations such as Festival Republic and Julie’s Bicycle, with support from live event promoters across the UK. The online survey is open for comments until Friday 14th January HERE.

Event Industry Green Survey 2021 - results and analysis

The annual Industry Green Survey of outdoor festivals, was conducted by the Vision: 2025 network for the 7th year running in 2021 to provide a snapshot of sustainability practice across the industry and to shape support for the coming season.

Representatives from over 100 UK festival organisers took the survey to share their sustainability ambitions and challenges. Read the full analysis of the results and key findings HERE. 

The winner of the free delegate place for the Association of Festival Organisers Conference, 4-5 February, chosen at random from entries to the survey, is Love Trails Festival.

Vision: 2025 Partner with Access All Areas At the Event Production Show 2022

Vision: 2025 is delighted to be extending our partnership with Access All Areas by hosting two panels at the Event Production Show, 8th & 9th March, at ExCeL, London.

Both Vision curated panels will run on the first day of the show, with ‘Sustainability – progress with event power' (13:00) chaired by Graham Brown (Vision: 2025 / Brown Fox Comms) with guests Chiara Badiali (Julie’s Bicycle) and energy suppliers and experts from across the Vision: 2025 network. 

The 'After the LIVE Green declaration - what’s next?’ panel (14:30) will be chaired by Chris Barrett (Access All Areas) with guests Chris Johnson (Vision: 2025), Claire O’Neil (A Greener Festival), John Langford (AEG Europe COO and Chair of LIVE Green) and more guests tbc. Full details to be announced soon HERE

Green Supplier Focus: Cube Modular Launches Sustainable Event Hotel at Event Buyers Live

Cube Modular launched its sustainable event hotel at the Event Buyers Live conference, Nottingham, 29 Nov-1 Dec.

The 'event hotel', available for 2022 events and festivals, has been constructed using Cube’s award-winning Continest foldable containers, allowing it to be rapidly deployed to create a multi-room accommodation structures. Each two ensuite bedroom structure can be jointed and stacked to form a two-storey 20 ensuite-bedroom hotel, all of which can be delivered on just two trucks. Continest’s foldable design means more units can be transported on less trucks reducing travel and transport carbon emissions and costs. Find our more HERE.

Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership Course: Applications now open!

The next Julie's Bicycle Creative Climate Leadership training course will take place online from March – June 2022, supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. This course is open to artists and creative and cultural professionals living and working in Scandinavia, including: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands and Åland.

Application deadline: Monday 31st January 2022. Find out more and apply HERE. 

Green Supplier Focus: Nordic Wristbands launch updated Ecobox22

Nordic Wristbands has calculated that every year over 20 million virgin plastic wristbands are produced across the events world. As one of Europe’s largest suppliers of event wristbands, the company decided not to be a part of that problem: For next year Nordics have introduced an updated Ecobox 2022 - featuring wristband materials ranging from recycled plastics to biodegradable bamboo or organic cotton and wooden NFC cards.

Visit Nordic Wristbands website to request your free Ecobox samples or in the UK contact 0117 244 5325 or find out more HERE.


More news from across the Live Events Industry, including jobs, blogs, reports and what the Vision: 2025 team have been watching, listening to, and reading this month:

Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) announce Congress, Tue 15 Feb, 2022 in Bristol, Tickets HERE

Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) annual conference, 4-5th Feb, 2022 HERE

Grab earlybirds for the Green Events & Innovations conference, GEI14, live in London, 4th March 2022 HERE

No Music on a Dead Planet: Watch exclusive live performances and interviews on COP26.tv with musicians fighting for climate justice, presented by Sam Lee, Duncan Bridgeman and others HERE.

James pledge 1% of tour income to Earth Percent to support organisations on the forefront of tackling the climate emergency HERE

Into The Great Wide Open's 'The Good Journey' plan reduces travel CO2e emission by 50-65% HERE

We are Isla launch sustainable print guide HERE

The Danish festival NorthSide (40,000 visitors) announce plant-based menu in 2022, an interview with organiser Martin Thim on Green Events website HERE

How much CO2e can a meal emit to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement? HERE.