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MIF is committed to developing a Festival that benefits the local economy, is engaging for local communities and which tries to minimise its environmental impact.

MIF is a proud Member of MAST - Manchester Arts Sustainability Team (MAST) – first convened in 2010 when members of Manchester cultural industry met to share ideas and developments in sustainability in their field. Members have been meeting regularly since to support and encourage each other in sustainable endeavours in the cultural industries across Manchester – and work  towards a group carbon emissions reduction in line with Manchester: A Certain Future’s target of 40% reduction by 2020.

In November 2014, MAST were recognised for the efforts and awarded a Silver Green Apple Award for Carbon Reduction in Leisure & Tourism.

Here’s just some of the great things we achieved during MIF13:

  • Only 1% of waste was sent to landfill from Festival Square due to the stringent recycling and compostable tableware
  • Three electric and hybrid cars provided by Electricity North West & Nissan were used to transport artists and staff around the city
  • The Biospheric Project attracted 2,375 visitors for talks, tours and workshops
  • Festival Square was demarcated by ‘edible’ planters that then went on to Dig The City
  • Interface donated stylish carpet for the Pavilion and Glass House, made from recycled yarn
  • All marketing publicity was printed on FSC certified stock
  • We worked with 262 Greater Manchester suppliers
  • 92% of sets and props were recycled or reused
  • Local design company Ferrious furnished the Pavilion with upcycled designs from local craftspeople
  • Our terrace furniture was designed and produced by MMU 2D design students using recycled plastic sheeting
  • 2,447 people participated in MIF Creative and MIF Learning Programmes

MIF was the first International Festival to be independently certified as meeting BS 8901 – the new British Standard for Sustainable Event Management – in recognition for its improvements in sustainability and we have now achieved 2nd Level ISO20121, as developed via LOCOG and London 2012.

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

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