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Sustainability at Portobello Farm

At Portobello Farm we have been making a huge effort to ensure we are as environmentally friendly as possible in everything we do. From working with ethical suppliers, to providing our guests with sustainable, reusable products, we are trying to do our part in fighting climate change. 

It’s well known that festivals, especially those the size of Glastonbury, can have an impact on the environment. At Portobello Farm we are trying our best to make sure that we personally leave the smallest impact possible. Below are just some of the steps we have taken to ensure that Portobello Farm is as sustainable and environmentally friendly as it can be. 

Reducing plastic waste with ORCA Sound Project

One of the biggest problems with a music festival is plastic waste, whether it’s food containers, plastic bottles, or abandoned tents. At Portobello Farm we are working towards becoming 100% plastic waste-free. By working with ORCA Sound Project we are taking huge steps towards achieving this goal.

ORCA Sound Project will be taking all of our plastic waste including all ‘backstage’ plastic such as packaging, cable ties, and any other unavoidable plastic. Additionally, they will also be collecting any plastic that our guests might bring to the campsite. 

Put simply, they are able to recycle any mixed waste plastic and turn it into building materials that we will be able to use in the future at Portobello Farm to build anything from beds to check-in desks, bars to tables (and much more). The material they turn the waste into is a sustainable alternative to wood and has a 2-ton carbon saving in comparison to a wooden alternative. 

At the last Glastonbury Festival, ORCA Sound Project hosted the Saturday night of the Gas Tower and they will be doing the same at the 50th anniversary of the festival. They have a fantastic line up in-store so it’s definitely something to check out!

Portobello Farm sustainable promise

To help reduce the impact Portobello Farm, its staff, and guests have on the environment we are offering a number of sustainable facilities and offerings. 

All of our guests will be provided with an exclusive Portobello Farm water bottle from Raw Bottles to reduce the use of single-use plastic. Additionally, the site has multiple water refill points spread out across the farm.

The Portobello Farm site will be powered by the Big Green Generator Company, who are the providers of low emissions generators. The Big Green Generator Company have made a pledge to offset all of the carbon produced by their generators by planting trees, making it a no brainer to team up with them. 

The Tack Room Bar on the site is run by British Polo Gin who will be serving all drinks in glass to avoid using unnecessary plastic. Additionally, they will be offering Wheat Straws which are 100% natural and compostable to again reduce the need for single-use plastic.

In terms of drinks, The Tack Room Bar is offering choices from Nice Drinks and Bloody Drinks both of which come in a recyclable can and are the perfect ‘one for the road’ choice. 

Our on-site restaurant run by Wild Seasonings will be using completely natural and sustainable ingredients, with options for all dietary requirements. Again, like The Tack Room, you get the luxury of real cutlery to again reduce the need for single-use plastic. 

We are putting the spotlight on local small British brands in our Farm Shop, all of which have sustainability and environmental awareness at their core. Amongst the amazing brands that will be available in our Farm Shop are Euphoric Threads, an eco-conscious fashion label that empowers women with multifunctional tropical activewear and Planet Apex, who create outta this world costumes for super freaks! Perfect for Glastonbury…

These are just some of the steps we are taking to reduce the impact Portobello Farm has on the environment. We will also be offering plastic-free toiletry hampers with our Gold and VIP tents and putting lots of other measures in place.

Find out more about the different glamping options we have available for Glastonbury 2021 online today. It’s never too early to book your slot for the 50th anniversary of Glastonbury Festival in 2021, there are only 314 days to go!

The Portobello Team



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