Lonely Planet Writer

The UK is getting its first zero-waste, vegan festival

It’s not truly summer without a festival or two but for increasingly conscientious consumers, they can be an environmental nightmare, complete with plastic glasses at every bar and a huge amount of tents and litter left behind. Now one event aims to solve your ethical dilemma by creating the UK’s first zero-waste festival but it needs your help first.

The festival will also be serving only vegan food. Photo by Gpointstudio

No Planet B describes itself as a “TED talk meets music festival” and has plans for discussions and workshops on topics like permaculture and yoga and a host of vegan food vendors to sample while there. The venue will be an open-air space in the Great Tew Estate in the Cotswolds from 17-19 August.

To make their plans a reality, they’re funding the venture on Kickstarter. The rewards are a range of different tickets, depending on how much you donate, and with 15 days to go it’s reached about 60% of its target funding with some ticket options already sold out. All tickets include free camping although there will be glamping options available to buy closer to the date.


No Planet B festival have some zero-waste rules in place to abide by and to make your festival experience easier. These include:

  • Bring your own bottle and mug to re-use during the festival. You can also pre-order one to collect.
  • Bring your own reusable food containers for their vegan food vendors.
  • Digital tickets only.
  • Recycling and compostable bins will be at the festival.
  • You must take your tent with you and if you have trouble, an employee will even help you pack it away.
  • Encouraging car-sharing and a coach scheme to get attendees to the event.
  • Biodegradable nappies and feminine products will be available to buy at the festival.

If the ticket option you want isn’t available on Kickstarter any more, you can join the mailing list online to be alerted to when more go on sale in the future or to get updates on new speakers and music acts added to the line-up.