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Five ways to ... a green New Years Eve!

G Magazine

Bring in the New Year with an eco-bang with these sustainable party and festival options.

Peats Ridge Festival

Bertie Blackman gets the crowd going on New Years at Peats Ridge sustainable Arts and Music Festival in 2009.

Credit: Leonard Choice

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1. PEATS RIDGE FESTIVAL

Everything about this event is sustainable - from printing to cutlery. The UN officially recognises the anvironmental education work of this festival as the only Southern Hemisphere founding partner in the UN Music and Environment Initiative.
www.peatsridgefestival.com.au

2. FALLS FESTIVAL

There's a Green Team at both the Victorian and the Tasmanian events, plus you can offset your carbon footprint when you buy your ticket. The composting toilets saved 91,000 litres of fresh drinking water at each event last year.
www.fallsfestival.com.au

3. WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL

There's a comprehensive land management plan in place to conserve and enhance the site, including a vigourous tree-planting scheme. Even the shower water is re-used for irrigation.
www.woodfordfolkfestival.com

4. SYDNEY NYE

The City of Sydney was the first council in Australia to become carbon neutral three years ago. Recycled water will be used to clean the streets and all emissions from the event, including energy, fuel and fireworks are carbon offset.
www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/nye/2010/

5. PRANA NEW YEAR FESTIVAL

The 100-acre bush and beach venue, Prana Eco Retreat, is a two-hour drive from Auckland, New Zealand. In addition to running workshops throught the year, the retreat hosts this family-friendly, non-smoking event complete with composting toilets and a cosmic costume party.
www.prana.co.nz