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99% of tents taken home from Glastonbury Beeseye thinks green print production

This natural abstract image caught my eye this week. Glastonbury festivalgoers were reminded to leave no trace and it paid off. Co-organiser Emily Eavis thanked everyone who took their tent home. She shared a drone shot of a huge patch of land that had just one tent left behind.

While the usual six-week clear-up effort gets underway to return the fields to the cows, there are far fewer plastic bottles among the rubbish. In 2017, there were more than one million plastic drinks bottles sold at the festival - and zero sold in 2019. This year, the festival banned vendors from selling single-use plastic.

David Attenborough surprise appearance celebrates the plastics ban

A tremendous cheer greeted David Attenborough as he took to the stage – accompanied by the sound of whale song! The much-loved naturalist praised the festival for banning plastics and thanked the crowds for helping to reduce the use of plastic at the event. It wasn’t just single-use plastic the festival tackled. This year, some 1,300 recycling volunteers at Glastonbury helped process 45 tonnes of aluminium cans on site, 4,500 litres of cooking oil was turned into biofuel – and more than 10,000 trees have been planted locally since 2000.

Beeseye thinks green

We put our ‘thinking green’ policies in place from the start, in 2006. We love the world and we appreciate that we need to look after what we have – locally and globally. When it comes to our home and office environment, we think green - we recycle, grow fruit and veg, hang our clothes out to dry and our offices have energy-saving insulation and lighting.

Offsetting our impact

When it comes to producing and shipping the printed pieces – we do our very best to offset our impact on the environment and we choose the eco-friendliest methods we can.

We work with designers and art consultants all over the world, so we ship the finished pieces using spare space on freight carriers that are already making journeys. Or, if it is a large order, we arrange to work with the designer’s supplier to produce the images locally to their project.

The materials used for glass, paper and canvas production are sustainably sourced and by using the latest digital UV cure inks, our art lasts a lifetime. We recognise that acrylic is produced from oil – so we offset a tonne of carbon for each piece we make.

Using UV cure inks and the very latest digital print technology we print the image directly onto the back of semi-transparent, glossy-fronted acrylic, half an inch thick. Light passes through the acrylic and the wall behind takes on some of the qualities of the image. The piece converses with its surroundings and the effect is stunning!

Our Carbon Offsetting Programme

For each piece of acrylic we produce, we offset one tonne of carbon through the Carbon Footprint organisation – at http://www.carbonfootprint.com/.

Digging Deeper

As well as growing veg and planting trees, we also dig deep financially and give 5% of our profits to support Kew Gardens. Kew plays a pivotal role as a world-leader in plant science and conservation. Visit http://www.kew.org/ to learn more about the important role Kew plays in the future of our planet. Visit the Beeseye gallery to enjoy abstract nature images of life on our blue planet.

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