THE Unearthed Festival in Wales is setting out to prove that sustainability starts with empowering people this summer.

It takes place for the ninth time from June 16 to 18 in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, which was recently voted among the top 10 seaside towns in the UK.

Alfie Cooper, recycling manager at Unearthed Festival, said: “I first started coming to Unearthed with my mum when I was a kid so it feels great to be coming back as a manager now that I am in my 20s.

“I've worked at quite a few festivals across the UK and there is something undeniably special about Unearthed. It feels like a festival for everyone, that everyone takes care of, and that makes it a really lovely place to work.”

For 2023, the festival – now in its ninth fully fledged edition – is starting a reusable crockery scheme in partnership with Crock n’ Rock. The scheme involves festival-goers paying a £1 deposit for crockery to use for the duration of the festival.

Tim Rees, Unearthed Festival co-founder, said: “At Unearthed, sustainability and environmentally friendly practices are founding principles, and they are as important to those delivering the festival as they are to the organisers, which is why it works.

“We are incredibly lucky to work with exceptional volunteers who join us each year from all over the world and who are as committed to looking after this amazing planet we have been gifted with as we are.”

The fully vegetarian festival also has a dedicated allergen-free zone and a recycling rate of 95%, and has had no single use plastics since 2018. More than 70% of the food and drink providers are local to the area.

Activities at the festival include music, workshops and talks on lucid dreaming and sustainable construction.

One of the workshops includes an educational craft lesson for teens with "trash pandas" only using recycled material.

Unearthed is the only festival that Tipi Valley, a sustainable living community committed to sustainable living since the 1970s, is represented every year.