Award-winning singer songwriter KT Tunstall took a ride in an electric car to support HebCelt’s drive to improve the environment which also includes working with Lewis Wind Power and Essence of Harris.
Festival headliner KT and band members Cat Myers and Mandy Clarke were driven to the festival site in a Tesla vehicle which is being used by Tighean Innse Gall (TIG), the housing and energy agency for the Outer Hebrides, to help raise awareness of climate change issues.
KT is a strong supporter of environmental issues and welcomed the opportunity to support HebCelt’s pioneering actions which include banning single-use plastic bottles and straws, the use of biodegradable plates and cutlery, tickets made from recycled plastic and having 80 per cent of waste diverted from landfill.
TIG have a presence at the festival to provide climate change and energy saving advice to thousands of people attending the event.
KT Tunstall said: “I applaud HebCelt’s efforts to tackle environmental issues and raise awareness amongst an international audience."
HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are passionate about the need to protect our wonderful and unique environment and have been ahead of the game in many respects.
“The support from KT for our actions and the partnership with TIG will help get the message out to many more people.”
Festival director Caroline Maclennan with Darren Cuming and Kerry MacPhee from Lewis Wind Power
HebCelt and Lewis Wind Power completed a ‘high five’ this year with a successful sponsorship deal.
The developer of the Stornoway Wind Farm has supported the festival’s Islands Stage now for a fifth successive year.
The partnership fits with HebCelt’s environmentally-friendly policies which has also seen it taking pioneering action to cut the use of plastics and reduce waste.
Essence of Harris managing director Jamie McGowan (centre) with HebCelt’s finance director Martin Jones and festival director Caroline Maclennan
A luxury candle company is helping to illuminate HebCelt’s actions to help save the planet.
This year Essence of Harris, who make scented, hand poured soy wax candles, diffusers and home fragrance, have sponsored the festival’s eco-cups which are a major part of the event’s efforts to cut down on waste.
The festival banned single-use plastic bottles last year and all drinks are served in re-usable cups, cans or compostable cups, as well as water bottles that can be re-filled for free at ‘hydration stations’.
Festival-goers pay a £1 deposit for their re-usable cups, returnable at the end of the night. The cups may be kept as a keepsake and the deposit can be donated to the festival’s chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Care.
HebCelt’s green efforts saw 2980kg of waste on the site last year – 80 per cent of all waste generated - re-cycled or sent to a digester and, therefore, diverted from landfill.
Essence of Harris managing director Jamie McGowan said: “Like HebCelt, we value the environment in which we are lucky enough to live and work. By sponsoring the festival’s re-usable cups we are helping reduce waste on the site and reminding people they can take action themselves to reduce the impact on the environment.”
Festival director Caroline Maclennan said: “We are excited to be partnering with the Essence of Harris luxury brand and welcome their support for our re-usable cups which are an important part of our environmentally-friendly ethos.”