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Portmeirion

Portmeirion is a privately-owned village nestled on a peninsula in the Gwynedd coastline. It was given its distinctive Italian style by architect Sir Clough William-Ellis over five decades from 1925 until 1975.

The village boasts multiple restaurants, hotels and cafes, along with extensive gardens and woodland with beaches and stunning views over Snowdonia and the Afon Dwyryd estuary.

Festival No. 6

From 2012 to 2018, the village was home to the Festival No. 6 music festival. Campsites were set up in the fields above the usual visitors’ car park, which was transformed into a central hub with food and drinks stalls and a cabaret tent.

The festival itself was split over two main arenas, with one occupying Portmeirion village itself and one set in the adjacent fields. Within the village, stages were set up in the Central Piazza and at the quayside overlooking the estuary. Several more stages were nestled in the expansive woodland, with one boasting a floating dancefloor.

Festival No. 6 has taken an indefinite break since the last edition in 2018, with no word on if the festival will ever return.

Image credits:
Piazza panorama – Chris Jones / ( CC BY-SA 3.0 )

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Chester Zoo

As a conservation charity, Chester Zoo’s sustainability credentials are pretty top-tier.

Sustainable Palm Oil Campaign

Palm oil is a problem because of the land used to produce it. But the reason there’s so much palm oil in our food is that it’s the most efficient oil to produce by land required.

Chester Zoo have taken a firm stand on the issue, pushing for sustainable palm oil production, rather than simply substituting for another oil and claiming to be ‘palm oil-free’.

Chester Zoo Photo Gallery

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Zip World Penrhyn

Zip Word’s site at the Penrhyn Quarry near Bethesda opened in 2012, boasting the world’s fastest zip line among its attractions.

Zip World’s sustainability drive

In 2018, Zip World announced a £100,000 sustainability drive with a focus on reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycling across their three locations in North Wales.

This included the purchase of three Zip World-branded BMW i3 electric cars and charging points, supplementing their existing electric vans which transport adventurers within the Zip World sites.

Zip World co-founder Sean Taylor told a local newspaper: “Zip World’s ambition is to cause as little environmental impact from our business as possible – both across our three sites and along the North Wales, Adventure Highway, between our locations.

“The fleet of new BMW i3 vehicles is the most visible sign of our £100,000 sustainability drive. As well as this, we’re adding more electric charging points, increasing focus on reducing plastic packaging with our supplier partners and adding more recycling points on site.

“We’re proud of being a good neighbour to our communities and will continue to be.”

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Zip World Fforest

Zip Word’s Forest Adventures site near Betws-y-coed is home to six attractions, including the UK’s only ‘Alpine’ rollercoaster of it’s kind, the Fforest Coaster. There’s also the Zip Safari, soaring through the spectacular Fforest site on 22 zip lines, or you can be drop through a trap door 100ft high on Plummet 2.

Zip World’s sustainability drive

In 2018, Zip World announced a £100,000 sustainability drive with a focus on reducing plastic packaging and increasing recycling across their three locations in North Wales.

This included the purchase of three Zip World-branded BMW i3 electric cars and charging points, supplementing their existing electric vans which transport adventurers within the Zip World sites.

Zip World co-founder Sean Taylor told a local newspaper: “Zip World’s ambition is to cause as little environmental impact from our business as possible – both across our three sites and along the North Wales, Adventure Highway, between our locations.

“The fleet of new BMW i3 vehicles is the most visible sign of our £100,000 sustainability drive. As well as this, we’re adding more electric charging points, increasing focus on reducing plastic packaging with our supplier partners and adding more recycling points on site.

“We’re proud of being a good neighbour to our communities and will continue to be.”