HebCelt organisers are wishing fans many happy returns after new sponsors Lewis Wind Power (LWP) supported a fresh innovation at the festival this year - re-usable cups.
The Ecocups are a rigid plastic branded cup designed to be re-used annually by the festival, helping to cut back on plastic waste as part of a policy to reduce the event’s environmental impact.
For a £1 refundable deposit, fans attending the 20th festival which runs until Saturday, can obtain a re-usable cup which is returned at the end of the night or kept as a souvenir.
Ecocups are being increasingly used at festivals to cut waste, as well as saving time, money and resources in keeping the site clear.
LWP, the developers behind the Stornoway Wind Farm Project, say they are particularly pleased to be supporting HebCelt in its milestone year.
John Buswell, Stornoway Wind Farm Project Director, said: “HebCelt is a tremendous festival that continues to go from strength to strength. With the festival celebrating its 20th anniversary, we wanted to ensure that it was as memorable as possible and help underline the festival’s green credentials.
“As a renewable energy company, sustainability and creating sustainable communities are at the heart of our work, so we are proud to support a great musical event that draws audiences and artists from near and far, while also ensuring that the environment is being well looked after.
“In many ways Lewis Wind Power and HebCelt are natural partners, helping to put sustainability at the heart of the future of Lewis.”
HebCelt is rightly hailed as one of the greenest events in the world due to its efforts on recycling and protecting its environment.
It is committed to decreasing its carbon emissions by 14 per cent by 2017 and the Hebridean Celtic Festival Trust has drawn up a series of long-term aims on the sustainable use of resources, reducing emissions and raising awareness of environmental matters among volunteers, suppliers, contractors, artists and festival goers.
Almost all materials used by food and drink outlets in the main arena, including cups, plates and packaging, are re-cycled with the Green Team volunteers advising on proper disposal of waste.
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are delighted to receive support from Lewis Wind Power to help us deliver yet another great festival and also use new ways to reduce our environmental impact.”
Last year the festival became part of the Green Arts Initiative, run by Creative Carbon Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh to help Scottish arts organisations to be at the forefront of growing an environmentally sustainable Scotland.
In 2013 it was the only Scottish event to receive an Outstanding award from environmental campaign group A Greener Festival. In addition, it was shortlisted in the Greener Festival category in the UK Festival Awards.
Pictured are Martin Jones, HebCelt director, Murdo Maclennan, chair festival trust, Darren Cumming, Stornoway Wind Farm, project director, John Buswell, Stornoway Wind Farm project director, Douglas Stewart, HebCelt director