GREEN METAL(DAYS) - the future is green!
Green is the new black! But - not so very new for us. We modestly consider ourselves to be one of the environment-friendly festival pioneers, with the education and green innovations in the field of Music festivals organization, sustainability, ecology, and transformation. Since the year 2008, our ecology and sustainability initiatives have become a strong focus and projects in this matter are following one after another, creating one of the cleanest, ecologically and sustainably advanced music festivals in the world. This is why we present you our 5-year plan towards greener and cleaner MetalDays festival: Green Metal(Days).
*and candy for a sharp eye; yes, projects are named after metal songs.*
Manufactured Extinction project or 5-year plan towards Green Metal(Days)!
The path towards Green Metal(Days) mission is bright and clear and it will be paved with lots of improvements and green innovations; some improvements have a broader aspect and will change the perspective of the festival - without a doubt, in a better way. Changes, no matter how large or small, regardless of their impact, are an ongoing process. Transition periods can be challenging, but rewarding in the end when important changes have been made.
We have created a 5-year plan towards Green Metal(Days) mission, with a year to year scale from 2019 to 2023. We are not living in a lie thinking that everything will go smoothly. However, the belief that someone else will change the world for us is clearly not working. We need to start making changes and we need to start making them today.
Editor’s note: please be advised that all projects are an ongoing process and are taking place gradually, with works and improvements on a yearly basis since the year 2018 onwards.
Electric Funeral project
The year 2019: for a couple of years already, we are working on transitioning and educating our festival visitors about the alternative sources of power at the festival camping, in opposition to the usage of fossil-fueled generators, and this year will be a turnover point with regards to that. Fossil-fueled generators were used pretty often by our visitors, and besides the pollution, the negative side effect is also the noise they create. So our suggestion is to find an alternative source of energy for those who need it - in solar generators.
In order to make the process less stressful for our visitors, we will be offering electricity plugs at our Camping & Parking area of the festival at a fair price. For all of you who will be staying only in the Camping area of the festival, our suggestion is to find the alternativesources of energy, such as solar panels/generators.
In the past few years, a lot of effort and dedication was also put towards the education of our visitors about the camping gear, particularly tents, which are often left at the festival area after the festival finishes, creating a massive and ecologically problematic pile of trash. In year 2019, we will focus even more on this aspect and we will offer you another, ecological, sustainable and upcycled solution for camping - KarTents. KarTents are a pre-pitched cardboard waterproof tents, with one very important difference - they stay nice and dark in the morning, so you can sleep through your festival hangover without being bothered by the morning light. You can also get totally creative and create your own cardboard canvas. They are designed in a circular fashion and are fully recycled after their usage. More information here: https://www.metaldays.net/1015/kartent.
BIG tent revival project
Innovations and changes will continue to take place during the year 2019 and 2020 as an ongoing process, with the year 2020 being a milestone for changes in the festival camping area that concern tents misuse. It is a painful thing to see so many tents and other camping equipment abandoned at the festival camping site every year. After doing some research, we have concluded that many of our festival visitors who camp at the festival site actually buy cheap tents in the surrounding area, with no intention to take them home after the festival; simply because it is more convenient for them like this, without any second thought of the environment, as crazy as this sounds. Our intention is to put an end to that. From the year 2020 onwards, we will make sure that all the guests who will bring their tents at the festival camping, will also take them after departing the festival camping area and not leave them behind. And for others, we will arrange tents that will be offered at a competitive price, made from biodegradable materials or upcycled and used further on. We absolutely do not want to contribute to the mass “tent-pollution” anymore.
Green House Effect project
The year 2020 will also be a small step towards reducing our festival carbon footprint and fossil fuel consumption; we will offer a special car sharing project, where 4 people with festival tickets coming in one car will receive free parking for the whole duration of the Festival.
Toxic Garbage Island project
It is a known fact that all the waste that is brought (and left) at the festival area by our visitors make the biggest part of the waste that the festival produces overall. As you probably already know, since the year 2017 we, the Production of the festival, are not producing any waste anymore; everything we use is biodegradable or recyclable. However, waste in terms of food packaging, drinks, etc., brought to the festival from outside, is causing most of the waste expenses at the moment and it is a big obstacle towards our Green Metal(Days) mission. Out of all the waste at the festival coming from our visitors, 60% consists of plastics and non-reusable materials. And there is absolutely no need for that. The Toxic Garbage Island project is currently in the transition period and starting from the festival year 2021 onwards, we will completely disable bringing food and drinks from the outside area to the festival area, camping included. We will, of course, make sure that our food and drinks offer at the festival will be diverse and prices-adequate, with a small open market with fruits, vegetables and small market with the necessities for 1 week of enjoying a blissful stay at our festival area, including some options for BBQing next to your tent. The Market and the shop will operate with as many plastic as possible and therefore in 2021, we will have MetalDays without the Garbage deposit system, as there will be little or no garbage anymore at our festival.
Year by year we are working closely together with the municipality of Tolmin and locals, trying to minimize the number of chemical toilets at the festival area, being aware of their impact on the environment. “Drainpipe” is an ongoing project currently in the transition phase and our goal is to end this transition period towards more ecological and environmentally friendly toilet solutions by the year 2022. We are totally aware that this will not be easy; the festival area is a part of a very sensitive natural environment. The number of people living in the city of Tolmin during the festival is 5-6x times bigger than the regular number of inhabitants, wastewater cleaning plant has a limited capacity and it is rather impossible to put sewage and drainage pipes over the natural pastures that are privately owned … All the work put in this project will be dedicated and focused onto one goal; preserving the nature of the festival area and trying to replace as many chemical toilets at the festival area as possible, with the environmentally friendly, green solution.
The year 2023 : as we are firmly standing behind the scientifically proven fact that meat and dairy industry are the biggest pollutants and destroyers of our planet and that the future of food is plant-based, we will go step by step towards the year 2023 mission by adding more and more meat & dairy free food points at our festival area. The transition period is an ongoing process and most of you have already noticed that a lot of delicious food offered at the festival area is already meat & dairy free. By the year 2023, our goal is to have all the food offered at our festival of a plant-based origin only! Our focus will be also on local, organic and eco products, which will enable us to minimize the impact of transportation (fuel consumption and emissions, …) and at the same time support the local economy. Needless to say, we will make sure that the food offer will be diverse, delicious and at affordable prices. Rest assured, you will not be missing a thing.
Unlike many other festivals, we wanted to let you know about our Green Metal(Days) festival mission and its major steps in advance, so that each and every one of you can decide whether you want to be a part of it and support our story. We know we are on the right path, do you?
SHORT RECAP OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRESS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
...and the progress was not unnoticed - MetalDays has received AGF (A Greener Festival Award) for 3 years in a row (2016, 2017 & 2018).
The pegs project
In 2008 we started to supply every visitor with biodegradable tent pegs, free of charge. Our festival visitors know that MetalDays is taking place in beautiful surroundings and in a very pristine natural area. Tent pegs made out of metal, which our visitors left after departing the festival camping area, were a big issue for us and even bigger for the farmers who own the land and the animals that are inhabiting this vast pastures. So there was only one option - to provide our visitors who are camping at the Festival Camping area with biodegradable tent pegs made out of potato starch, which completely degrades in the soil in no less than 6 weeks.
Trash the Trash project
In the same year, we were the first ones to introduce the so-called Garbage deposit (yes, it was our own invention), something that was supposed to motivate every visitor to clean up his/her own thrash. The Garbage deposit is mandatory for every MetalDays visitor unless they are not staying in MetalDays camp. As the name itself says, it is a deposit, which means that the visitor gets the money back once they return full garbage bags to the garbage point. Upon returning the garbage bags to the garbage points, garbage is also inspected by our personnel to make sure that the proper waste separation was done. From our experience, we can confirm that Garbage Deposit motivates and engages our visitors to clean and sort out their garbage.
In the year 2008, we have also introduced the so-called Cup deposit, the intention of which was to motivate our visitors not to throw their cups just about anywhere and therefore pollute the festival surroundings. At MetalDays, every cup (biodegradable cup, bottle) is subject to deposit upon which your MetalDays PayCard will be charged 1€. Every time you order the “first” drink, your MetalDays PayCard will be charged with 1€ deposit. For every next drink, in case you have your used cup with you, your MetalDays PayCard will not be charged another deposit. Bar personnel will simply give you a new one with every next drink. To get your Cup deposit back, you need to bring your MetalDays PayCard and an empty cup to the Cup deposit point, where your Cup deposit will be loaded to your MetalDays PayCard. The amount of empty cups/containers has to match the number of deposits that your MetalDays PayCard has been charged with and you can only get the matching amount of cups and cup deposits loaded to your MetalDays PayCard. In case a visitor is not following the Cup deposit scheme, the money left from Cup deposits will be used for cleaning the festival area.
Do the Evolution project
In 2014 we have installed a new sewage and drainage system whose purpose was to reduce the number of plastic chemical toilets used at the festival area. This is also an ongoing project currently in a transition phase. The planned closure with a Drainpipe project is 2022, which you can find more information about above.
We Care A Lot project
2015: In cooperation with Eko Iniciativa project, we started using toilet papers, napkins, paper towels and other paper products made of recycled “tetrapak”. We have also been rewarded as a Reference story, a well-established example of our work, for Eko Iniciativa project.
2017: we have replaced all the plastic cups, spoons, forks, plates, etc. with biodegradable ones. Plastics represent only one component of pollution, of course. But the durability of discarded plastic products poses a special challenge. This quality, which makes plastics so useful to consumers, has turned it into a unique menace for the entire natural environment. Our part of participation in preventing plastic pollution is presented through the Revelation project, which is strongly connected with our Toxic Garbage Island project, about which you can find more information in the text above.
The Shortest Straw project
Since 2018 we are using only biodegradable straws for our drinks. The Shortest Straw project is strongly connected to the Revelation project and Toxic Garbage Island project. Plastic straws are a real threat to the environment because most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter. They drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials and they are too small to separate, contaminating recycling loads or getting disposed of as garbage, and thus ending up in our environment.
The presence of plastic in our oceans has been a growing problem for decades. But only in recent years has it found its way into the public consciousness. In one well-publicized case last year, scientists in Spain discovered the washed-up body of a sperm whale that contained 29 kilos of plastic — a grim intestinal haul that included dozens of plastic bags and a fuel container. In a recent study on 102 sea turtles, spanning over seven species, every sampled specimen was found to have swallowed plastic material of some kind.
Drag the Waters project
2014: We have a clean and drinkable running water throughout the festival area, which allows our festival visitors to refill their bottles at all times (yes, there is no need for plastic bottles of water from the shop). This is also free of charge. The project Drag the Waters was established in order to prevent our visitors from buying water and drinks packed in plastic bottles and bringing them to the festival area and to encourage them to use reusable bottles and to refill them. We are also suggesting our visitors to use the bottles from stainless steel, which are reusable and keep the water cold for a longer period of time than plastic bottles.
Voice of the voiceless project
Since 2013 we replaced over 50% of meat and dairy food offer with meat & dairy free food. The consumption of meat and dairy had a significant influence on MetalDays carbon footprint. Scientific research has shown that the emissions from the meat and dairy-industry account for nearly 18% of total carbon emissions worldwide, creating a larger environmental impact than the earth’s entire transportation industry. By removing meat and dairy gradually from the menu, MetalDays Festival has drastically reduced CO2-emissions and saved large amounts of freshwater and land. This is an ongoing project currently in a transition phase. The planned closure with a Reclamation project is 2023, which you can find more information about above.