World Village Festival is committed to constant improvement of environmental work. Our aim is to make the festival’s carbon footprint as small as possible.
World Village Festival's environmental work in a nutshell
- The Festival is one of the first EcoCompass certified events in Finland
- The flights of the international guest performers are compensated as donations for Finnish environmental organizations.
- The electricity is from renewable sources, such as wind power and waste-based MY diesel from Neste.
- 100% of the waste is recycled.
- The Festival promotes and favors locally produced organic vegetarian food.
Smaller and smaller carbon footprint
The World Village Festival is one of the first EcoCompass certified events in Finland. This means that the Festival is committed to the criteria of the EcoCompass, which include waste reduction, separation, participation of a trained person in charge of the environment and an annually updated environment plan.
As an EcoCompass certified event, the World Village Festival is committed to reducing its environmental impact and aiming for the better year by year. Read more about the EcoCompass criteria on their website. The audit process of the EcoCompass program will be conducted in 2019.
The carbon footprint of the Festival is calculated on a regular basis. The previous calculation was in 2015. The Festival uses various compensation mechanisms to take responsibility for the environmental damage. For example, the flights of the international guest performers are compensated by supporting the work of Finnish environmental organizations.
The Festival promotes and favors locally produced organic vegetarian food. Each food vendor is committed to offering at least one vegetarian choice. Only vegetarian food is served on the backstage.
Electricity from waste
The electricity used at the World Village Festival is produced with wind power and engine-generators that use Neste’s MY Diesel, a mixture of vegetable oil and industrial waste oil. The greenhouse gas emissions from MY diesel are 90% less than those of regular diesel. Moreover, MY diesel engines run cleaner, which means higher quality of air and easier breathing.
World Village Festival is committed to recycling all the waste produced during the event. The utensils and single-use dishes are biodegradable, and the banners are made of PVC-free, entirely recyclable GeoMesh-fabric. The Festival workers’ T-shirts are made by Pure Waste which uses other cloth manufacturers’ textile waste.
The guides from the Helsinki Metropolitan Area Reuse Centre (Päkaupunkiseudun Kierrätyskeskus) will help the visitors and exhibitors with recycling.
We want to make permanent “recycling impact” on our visitors: the Festival offers workshops for building a compost bin and recycling in the kids’ area.
Together towards a better environment
Festival visitors can also contribute to making the Festival environmentally friendly. Favoring vegetarian food, recycling and bringing water bottles are actions that everyone can do to help the Festival become more environmentally sustainable. Moreover, the public transport – trams, bikes or by foot – offers an easy access to the Festival.
However, creating permanent change is more important than small everyday deeds. The World Village Festival encourages each participant to act for the climate and for a more sustainable future. The Festival is a wonderful opportunity to get to know and get involved in the environment actions of organizations, businesses and other actors!