Since its very first festival in 1988, ecological thinking has determined the work and programming of the Tollwood Festival. What began with the demonstration of a small solar cell has grown over the years into an essential and extremely effective part of the festival.
In the early 90s, Tollwood initiated an important innovation that has since spread elsewhere: Contrary to requirements that at festivals and similar events food was only allowed to be served in one-way dishes, Tollwood’s cooks began serving food on porcelain, for which the festival organizers had set up a special dishwashing system. A little later, the city of Munich also required the Oktoberfest to serve food in reusable dishes.
From the beginning, Tollwood has served food and drinks that are as ecologically as possible. Since 2004, both summer and winter festivals have been certified according to the EU Eco-Regulation. This means: Each food vendor must provide at least one main dish composed entirely of organic food. At Tollwood, however, most of the dishes consist entirely of guaranteed organic ingredients. In addition, the basic foodstuff such as meat and sausages, vegetables and fruits, dairy products, cereals and eggs comes from certified organic farming.
The fight against electrosmog especially for mobile phones has been at the top of the Tollwood agenda for many years. Major discussions, postcard campaigns and educational lectures in this area have been followed by all the media and are a core part of each festival.
Since it has been offered, Tollwood gets green electricity from the Munich public utility company to demonstrate the necessity of the fight against CO2 emissions and actively join that fight.
The project “Bio für Kinder” (“Organic for Children”) initiated at the beginning of 2006 together with the Department of Health and the Environment of the City of Munich has been one of Tollwood’s most successful campaigns. Today 31 sponsors from Munich’s business community ensure that organic food is served at some 30 childcare institutions. Altogether, they allocate a subsidy amount of 480.000 euros.
In 2007, Tollwood initiated the “Weltsalon”. Here everything revolves around the major environmental and social issues of our time: Events about globalization and equity, war and peace, environmental destruction and innovation, courageous people and forward-looking projects. In this fascinating tent, with light projections varying according to theme, people from all over the world – the “leaders in their field” – come together on stage. The Weltsalon is a call to rethink. The focus is not only on becoming informed but on experiencing. Instead of theories, people. Instead of helplessness, encouragement to act. A place of both calm and movement.