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Sustainability

 

The Glyndebourne Shop Packaging Promise

 

The Glyndebourne Shop is committed to using product packaging that has minimal environmental impact. We have phased out single-use plastic so that our beautiful products arrive to you packed with 100% recyclable, eco-friendly materials, right down to the smallest details.

Our new chlorine and acid-free tissue paper is fully recyclable, and even compostable. We have switched from using plastic bubble wrap to paper bubble wrap, which is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable with biodegradable materials. We also now use recyclable paper kraft tape to seal outer boxes.

We have introduced a 100% recyclable and FSC certified paper mailer, as well as paper fill for delicate items that can be reused, and is recyclable, biodegradable and FSC and PEFC certified. Glyndebourne Shop customer service postcards are also FSC certified and 100% recyclable.

The FSC certification is considered the "gold standard" designation for wood harvested from forests that are responsibly managed, socially beneficial, environmentally conscious and economically viable.

We want to do everything we can to slow depletion of our natural resources, while still maintaining a high standard of product presentation. Please do get in touch with any comments or suggestions.

What Glyndebourne does to reduce its environmental impact

The Glyndebourne Opera House has the long-term aim of becoming carbon neutral in its direct operations and has been working hard to tackle all aspects of its environmental footprint. This work is driven forward by an Environment Champions Group made up of staff volunteers.

The Glyndebourne wind turbine

The biggest step taken to date by Glyndebourne was the installation of a 67-metre wind turbine a short distance from the opera house.

 

The turbine was launched in January 2012 by Sir David Attenborough and between 2012 and 2020 it has generated the equivalent of 105% of the electricity used by the company in that period, far exceeding the 90% annual target and resulting in a 50% cut in carbon emissions.

In 2020 the turbine produced an annual yield of 1,820 megawatt-hours (MWh) with an average annual wind speed of 6.4 metres per second (m/s) – its biggest output to date. The previous record occured in 2015 when the turbine produced 1,769 MWh with an average wind speed of 6.5 m/s. Due to the impact of lockdown, Glyndebourne used less electricity in 2020 than it would in an average year – the excess electricity generated by the turbine was sent to the National Grid to provide a source of green energy for the local community.

 

The wind turbine directly reduces our environmental footprint by electricity generation. It also acts indirectly, to do the same by providing a visual reminder to us all to do all we can to tackle climate change.