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Sustainability

From ensuring that all commissions are resourced efficiently and produced responsibly, through to partnering with our sponsors, suppliers, venues and co-commissioners, the Festival works hard to guarantee that its impact on the environment is minimal. MIF was the first international festival to be independently certified as meeting BS 8901, the new British Standard for Sustainable Event Management. MIF has also now reached 2nd Level ISO20121, as developed by LOCOG and London 2012. 

MIF is a proud member of the Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST), first convened in 2010 when representatives of the city’s cultural industry met to share ideas and developments in sustainability. In November 2014, MAST was awarded a Silver Green Apple Environment Award for Carbon Reduction in Leisure & Tourism.

Here’s just some of the great things we achieved during MIF15:

  • Thanks to strong recycling policies and the use of compostable tableware, only 9% of waste from Festival Square was sent to landfill 
  • Designed by students from Manchester School of Art, MMU, the roof terrace furniture at Festival Square was made from recycled plastic, and has since been installed in Whitworth Park

  • 95% of sets and props from MIF15 commissions were recycled or reused, an increase from MIF13

  • The Festival used 268 suppliers from Greater Manchester

  • MIF produced two types of eco-friendly bag: tote bags, made from bamboo and given to all artists, Festival delegates and MIF members; and banner bags, made from recycled MIF promotional banners

  • All marketing publicity was printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified stock

  • 1,000 metal water bottles were supplied by Craghoppers to MIF artists, staff and volunteers as part of MIF’s drinking water initiative

  • MIF provided five bicycles for staff to get around the city during MIF15

  • Three hybrid vehicles, provided by Electricity North West, were used to transport staff, artists and equipment around Manchester during the Festival

How can you get involved?

MIF has an enthusiastic Green Team, representing each department of the Organisation. The Green Team meet regularly to discuss the environmental impact of the programme and ways to reduce any negative side effects. 
The Green Team Lead is Gemma Saunders – to suggest new ideas and ways to improve sustainability at MIF please email sustainability@mif.co.uk