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How to Go Green This Festival Season

Festival season is upon us and with our changeable British climate, having the right kit is crucial to an enjoyable festival experience, whatever the weather. However, as the climate crisis tightens its grip, the need to make small changes to our daily lives is ever more pressing. To help you apply these small changes to your festival routine, here are a few of our top eco-friendly festival tips.

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1. Car share

If you’re going in a group, car share! It’ll save petrol and emissions, and it’s always more fun. You can share kit and spread the load too, so there’s less to carry to and from the site. 

2. Pack up after yourself

We’ve all witnessed the scenes: a decimated festival wasteland of post-apocalyptic proportions. Broken tents, windows and doors flapping in the wind, overturned cool boxes leaking sweaty sausages onto grassy knolls, body glitter, sleeping mats and flags at jagged angles, with sulphurous fires burning on the horizon. It’s not how any festival should end.

 

Buy a good-quality tent that you want to look after and use again, pack your rucksack well so that it’s comfortable for when you’re finding your pitch, or bring a wheelbarrow or trolley for the extras. Make the journey back to the car as easy as possible for yourself and leave no trace. If your kit is broken or worn out, take it with you and donate it to charity. Some festivals offer a kit recycling service too, so it’s worth doing your research. Your kit is your responsibility. 

 

To make sure you pick the right tent for you, use our Tent Finder Tool.

3. Take a reusable water bottle and cup

Bottles such as Hydroflask will keep your water cool and tasty all day, plus you can fill them with whatever you like and after a rinse there will be no nasty aftertastes. Ask for a water refill from food vendors or go to the taps. Lots of festivals now have deposit schemes for cups, but to be on the safe side, take your own cup and bring it to the bar. What’s one more thing in your backpack to help save the planet?

4. Avoid single-use plastic

It’s not just drinking you need to think about; bring your own cutlery and crockery, too. This year, single-use plastic is banned at Glastonbury, a landmark move which hopefully more festivals will follow. Plus, there’s nothing you can’t eat with a spork.

5. Swap wet wipes for a flannel

Festivals are not only gruelling, but also grubby. Make the baby-wipe bath a thing of the past and bring a flannel for washing instead – same job, just less landfill, it’s a win-win. And for afterwards, don’t forget your microfibre towel.

6. Only use eco-friendly washing-up liquid

Speaking of washing, if you’re going to be cooking at your pitch, take eco-friendly washing-up liquid. Most washing-up liquid contains petrochemical surfactants which are slower to biodegrade and more damaging in terms of aquatic and air toxicity. Bonus points if you get your washing-up liquid in bulk and use refillable containers.

7. Avoid plastic bags

Don’t take plastic or binbags! We’ve got drybags for your dirty clothes, and you can take canvas bags for any shopping you need to do. For rubbish, take compostable bags and don’t forget to recycle wherever you can!

8. Take a solar charger

Don’t queue to recharge your phone, take your own solar charger so that you know the energy is renewable and you’ll never run out of juice.

9. Biodegradable glitter

Glitter is essentially ready-made micro plastics but we know it’s pretty, so take a biodegradable version. It’s not hard to look fabulous and care for the environment.  

10. Bring your own waterproofs

Disposable ponchos are basically binbags, don’t go there. Bring your own waterproofs and if you can’t live without the coverall benefit of a poncho, we’ve got a couple non-disposable of options to keep you dry.

11. Go meat free!

If you want to go the whole hog (or not, as the case may be) try having a meat-free festival. Animal agriculture generates 14.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the second highest source of all emissions. With all the amazing plant-based options available at festivals, why not dabble in a veggie diet for a weekend?