Environmental Responsibility


Whilst all this frolicking in the streets, tantalising of taste buds and general adventuring is going on, #WOF19 is also making moves to reduce the festival’s impact on the local environment.

We’ve been listening to and learning from Whitstable’s greatest asset – the Sea. The Sea has played some seriously strong PR moves recently and for 2019 in conjunction with some pro-active Whitstable change-makers, we’ll be bringing the call to reduce damaging disposable plastic waste front and centre.  It’s not going to all magically disappear overnight, it’s a step by step game, but some first important ones will arrive at the festival in 2019.  Step by step.

There will be a number of ways to join in and learn about this theme throughout the festival, including community beach cleans and workshops, but getting started is easy – just remember: #LoveWhitstable #LeaveNoTrace

What we’re doing: Practical actions

– Reusable festival plastic cups
Festival Vision 2025: Pledge to reduce carbon usage by 50%
– Food Fair packaging: Only compostable food packaging allowed
– Crew Water: No single use plastic drinking bottles used
– Litter Picks: Targetted litter picking at hotspot locations and beaches

What you can do: Practical actions
– Use bins or take your rubbish home: Sounds simple – is simple
– Join the Beach Clean: Sunday 28th and Monday 29th July, from 08:30-10:30 am at Horsebridge Beach
– Volunteer with local groups: See the volunteer tab on this website
– Attend workshops at the Horsebridge Arts Centre to create up-cycled parade sculptures