From ensuring that all projects are resourced efficiently and produced responsibly, through to partnering on sustainable initiatives with our sponsors, suppliers, venues and co-commissioners, we work hard to guarantee that the Festival has a minimal impact on the environment.
MIF was the first international festival to be independently certified as meeting BS 8901, the original British Standard for Sustainable Event Management. The Festival is now certified to the second level of ISO 20121, the international sustainable event management standard that was originally developed for London 2012.
In 2010, we helped to set up the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST), a citywide group that meets regularly to discuss sustainability issues in the cultural sector. In November 2014, MAST was awarded a Silver Green Apple Environment Award for Carbon Reduction in Leisure & Tourism.
We aim to follow sustainable practice at every Festival. At MIF15:
- We sent only 9% of waste from Festival Square to landfill, thanks to strong recycling policies and the use of compostable tableware.
- We recycled or reused 95% of sets and props.
- We used 268 suppliers from Greater Manchester.
- We printed all our marketing publicity materials on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified stock.
- We used recycled plastic to manufacture the roof terrace furniture in Festival Square, which was designed by students from Manchester School of Art, MMU, and has since been installed in Whitworth Park.
- We provided five bicycles for staff to get around the city.
- We used three hybrid vehicles, provided by Electricity North West, to transport artists, staff and equipment around Manchester.
- We gave 1,000 metal water bottles, supplied by Craghoppers, to artists, staff and volunteers as part of a drinking water initiative.
- We produced two types of eco-friendly bag: tote bags, made from bamboo and given to all artists, delegates and MIF Members; and banner bags, made from recycled MIF promotional banners.