We initially started Million Stars as a camping business, organising pop up camps in urban locations. Our camps were underpinned by environmental education and enabled businesses, schools and families to embrace a ‘tech detox’ in our outdoor classroom during the day and sleep under a million stars at night.

We didn’t have enough tents to meet demand as a bootstrap start up business, so we went to a couple of festivals to recover abandoned tents. It was whilst we stood next to a man-made mountain of tents, airbeds and sleeping bags we realised that the leisure industry had a big problem. 

23,500 tonnes of waste is generated at UK music festivals and thus a star was born…a Million Stars Sustainable Events.

We are an environmental business first and foremost. Caring for the environment has always been the value that underpinned our business. We have progressed to deliver a more specialised education offering, working with venues, event organisers and festivals to help them work towards ISO 20121, the international management standard for sustainability in the events industry.

Care and protection of and engaging people with the environment remain our primary motivator. This year we recovered hundreds of tents abandoned at UK music festivals which are currently being made into eco fashion items in 2 UK prisons. We pride ourselves in not only providing preventative solutions but taking direct action to divert waste from landfill too.

We strive to be an ethical company. We align our business plan and direction of travel to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and we are committed to becoming a B Corp (a business that meets the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose) in 2019. Our core values, which are embedded throughout the organisation, are to be entrepreneurial, be bold, and take risks. We were the first company to champion urban camping utilising city green spaces as opposed to more traditional rural locations. We were the first company to achieve clearance to deliver overnight camping “contact visits” within prison grounds and we were the first company to take festival waste to UK prisons for repair or upcycling. We knew that being vocal about the vast amount of waste generated within the events industry would ‘ruffle feathers but, ultimately, we took a risk to raise awareness and in turn foster positive change within the sector.

This year we will be launching our eco-fashion collection made entirely out of festival waste and will be developing new products made out of old and damaged wetsuits, punctured inflatables and hospitality waste too. We eagerly await the Government’s new waste and resources strategy for the UK, hopefully building on the current EU’s Circular Economy Package.