This year’s Festival saw six new Glastonbury Green Traders Awards presented by Greenpeace, the Soil Association and the Fairtrade Foundation, with the following happy winners:
Hurly Burly – Gold Award for food
Honeybuns – Silver Award for food going
Two Skies – Gold Award for non food
Juicy Lucy – Silver Award for non food
Tat for Tibet – The Fairtrade Award
Helsett Farm – The Organic Soil Association Award
A team of volunteers trekked all over the site interviewing over 400 traders during the Festival. They asked questions about everything from how traders and their staff got to the Festival, to what their stall was made of, how much of their stock was Fairtrade, organic or recycled and any other ethical criteria they used to reduce their impact on the environment. The judging process involved much debate and a little mystery shopping, before the winners and runners up were chosen.
Hurly Burly won a Gold Award for their commitment to serving up healthy Fairtrade and organic food to hungry Festival-goers from their solar-powered van. And Two Skies was also a Gold Award winner thanks to stall owner’s Adam McIntosh’s enthusiastic engagement with his customers around the ethical sourcing of his jewellery and his commitment to working closely with suppliers.
Glastonbury Festival, Greenpeace, The Soil Association and The Fairtrade Foundation have been running the Green Traders Awards since 2006. Their aim is to acknowledge and recognise festival traders who have done the most to give their businesses a low environmental impact.
The winning award banner is fast becoming a “must have” amongst the festival trader circuit. Juicy Lucy’s Lucy Burnham said of her new award banner, “That’s brilliant! I will carry it around to all the festivals or wear it as a dress!” Sarah Talbot-Ponsonby of Helsett Farm added “Thank you very much, that’s so exciting – would you all like a smoothie now?”