We hate waste… it’s a load of rubbish

At Sea Change 2019, as a commitment to the beautiful spaces we use and love so much, we are aiming to have the least impact on the environment and to go waste free… It’s just that we don’t fully know how.

So, we have been working hard to pull together a team of people to support us, and our aim – come Sunday night at Sea Change – is to have some neat and orderly recycling, the starts of some excellent biofuel and not much else.

Sea Change will commit zero to landfill in 2019.

Sea Change camp and festival site, April 2019.

Sea Change camp and festival site, April 2019.

Every single piece of plastic ever made still exists...
— Greenpeace

First of all, we have placed a ban on all single use plastic. Following on from the huge success in 2018, we will be running a reusable scheme on all bars with custom Sea Change polypropylene glasses (screen-printed using eco-friendly ink). On your first visit to the bar you pay £1 for your (pint/half-pint) glass. When you return it, you can either re-use it, or the staff will gladly give you a clean one. You can keep your last container (or as many as you like) as a memento, and we’re working on an ambitious plan to have them collected, processed and turned into something new!

We will be combatting plastic bottles by working to stock One Water's One Less Bottle, the planet-friendly still water in a carton. Not only are they fully-recyclable (they’re made from sustainable paperboard from FSC approved forests), they are reusable and we will have a free top up water station. Every carton of One funds sustainable clean water projects across the world.

We have tried to look at everything from the top to the bottom to identify any opportunity improve sustainability. This years wristbands are made from rPET (that is recycled Polyethylene terephthalate, a polyester made from recycled plastic bottled amongst other things) and all online tickets remain paperless.


Devon Contract Waste have invested millions of pounds into recycling technology regionally, and have been excellent allies in helping us adopt a sustainable approach to our waste management.

All of our food vendors will be working with us and only using compostable plates and cutlery. All food waste will be composted with local farms (including our hosts at Dartington and Langage Farm) and via DCW to produce both energy and high quality compost.

Across the weekend, we will be taking advice, assistance and engaging in conversations with Earth.Food.Love (our neighbours on Totnes high street and the UK’s first ‘zero waste’ store), Lush Cosmetics, Surfers Against Sewage, Devon Contract Waste and Dartington Hall Estate who all hold sustainability as one of their core principles.

Plastic litter is everywhere - 1 in 6 fish in UK waters have ingested plastic
— Surfers Against Sewage

Our goal is to have one neat pick up from our local recycling specialists and to look back at a clean, green field. It’s a big ask, but we just know that everyone is going to get behind us on this.