This year you can even eat the plates.
Øyafestivalen, between August 9th and 13th in Tøyenparken in Oslo, has since the start in 1999 grown to be one of Norway’s biggest festivals with an audience of 85.000 each year. The festival has a goal to be among the most enviromental festivals in the world.
That effects everything from waste disposal, food, transport, power supply, leaflets and toilet paper. Throughout the year the organisers work to find solutions that are more environmentally friendly, to be a leading example for others.
The festival became a certified eco lighthouse for the first time in 2004, and has since been recertified in 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. This means that the business does more in its enviromental work than what’s required by law.
All the restaurants at the festival offers organic food and drinks. The festival takes great pride in inspiring their audience to eat less meat, and thus serve both vegan and vegitarian dishes.
This year, the festival even serves the food on edible plates.
“All of the festival waste is hand-sorted and recycled in 16 categories, which makes it possible for almost 70 percent of our waste to be reused - saving us 40 000 tonnes of CO2 just in 2015”, one of the organisers tell British newspaper, The Independent.
This year the festival focuses specifically on food waste. Almost a third of all food produced in the world ends up in the trash can. Thus, Øyafestivalen tries to limit their waste and create awareness about the problems surrounding food waste for the audience. All the surplus food when the festival is over is donated to Matsentralen, who distributes it to food shelters and others in need in Oslo.
The festival attracts giant international artists and bands each year. This year, PJ Harvey, Eagles of Death Metal and Mastodon are some of the big names, in addition to the very popular Norwegian bands Highasakite and Kvelertak.
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