Fellowship Island Sustainability Plan

This year we are looking to improve sustainability on Fellowship Island with a view to extending beneficial practices across the wider event in future years. The purpose of this sustainability pilot is to: 

  • Reduce waste, maximise recycling and minimise the environmental impact of the event.
  • Use the event to promote a green, inclusive culture in Waltham Forest.
  • Create opportunities to make Fellowship Island financially sustainable.
  • Ensure the event is a safe, welcoming place for the public. 

As a first step we are asking traders, partners, organisations and event-goers to reduce, reuse and recycle their resources during the planning and delivery of the event. These are the key objectives for 2017: 

  • To minimise plastic packaging e.g. plastic bottled water, plastic bags, plastic cutlery. 
  • To minimise waste – working with traders and partners to judiciously plan resources.
  • To maximise recycling opportunities e.g. for traders’ wet waste, event-goers’ waste. 
  • To minimise power requirements and use clean energy where possible. 
  • To minimise road and air miles e.g. by prioritising local traders.
  • To encourage responsible sourcing e.g. Fairtrade, organic.
  • To maximise access and encourage inclusivity.
  • To ensure the event is safe.
  • To make the island as financially self-sufficient as possible.

If you are planning to attend WGP as a member of the public here's what you can do to help:

  • Bring a reusable water bottle that can be refilled at the free water points.
  • Use reusable bags for your belongings, food and drink. 
  • Walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the event.
  • Don’t litter: throw your waste away in the correct bin to ensure it will be recycled. 
  • Spread the word and encourage others to follow our suggestions