San Francisco, United States || 10 to 12 August
At the city’s largest music festival, compostable cutlery and food containers will help divert over 90% of waste away from landfills and towards recycling initiatives. Concertgoers can refill reusable bottles at water stations, pick up organic produce at the farmers’ market and learn about how to compost at urban gardening workshops. Festival headliner and environmental campaigner Janelle Monáe will certainly approve.
Wales, United Kingdom || 16 to 19 August
Two party essentials will be given an eco-makeover at Wales’ biggest festival: All the craft beer and cider served will be sourced locally, and only biodegradable glitter will be allowed. Social media addicts will love the bicycle-powered phone chargers on site, while fitness fanatics can bliss out with outdoor yoga. Welsh singer Cate Le Bon’s return to Green Man’s solar-powered stage will mark her only festival performance this year.
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom || 23 to 26 August
This pint-sized electronic music festival, which will feature artists like Kolinga and Old Baby Mackerel, preaches and practises radical sustainability. Here, you’ll find solar panels and composting toilets, as well as organic and plant-based fare (including vegan beer). About the only carbon emissions Shambala generates come from travel, so public transport and carpooling are encouraged.
Bali, Indonesia || 20 to 21 July
With its palm trees and radiant sunsets, Potato Head Beach Club is a sensational setting for this festival. But the event won’t just look and sound good – it will also do good by tackling issues such as waste management. For instance, the festival stage will be made from recycled plastic bottles, drinks will be served in biodegradable cups and eco-minded art installations will dot the grounds.
Yuzawa, Japan || 27 to 29 July
The festival’s stages will be fuelled by biodiesel and solar energy, while waste will be sorted by hand. Plus, everything from pamphlets to staff jackets will be made from recyclable materials where possible. It’s fitting, then, that Bob Dylan – who has long inspired eco-activists with his socially conscious songs – will be taking to the stage for his 101st performance in Japan.