Music, sun, drinks, happy people in colourful outfits, or precisely how you imagine a successful music festival. Current pictures of the famous Glastonbury Festival in Somerset show this utopian microcosm for music and party fans lasting a few summer days.
A completely different “rock star” attracted the crowds this year: Naturalist and environmental activist Sir David Attenborough. The 93-year-old thanked the festival-goers and praised this year’s effort to make the festival as green as possible, thanks to the ban on plastic – in the form of disposable cutlery, bottles and cups.
The audience was enthusiastic, but when most visitors left the festival grounds only hours later, the campsite revealed what individual contributions most people are actually willing to make: Huge mountains of rubbish and fields littered with garbage, including thousands of tents. The site looks like a giant garbage dump.
But it’s not that difficult to enjoy a festival without trashing the planet. We’ve put together 5 tips for you on how you can leave a greener ‘footprint’ during your next festival visit.
#1: Plan Ahead
Think about what you want to eat and drink at the festival before you go. Maybe you still have some food at home that has to be consumed anyway? Keep in mind that it’s difficult to cool it at the campsite – choose food that doesn’t spoil quickly. Tinned food lasts and is a perfect match for a festival weekend! After consuming your delicious canned ravioli and beer, remember to collect the cans: when metal products reach the end of their useful life, the materials are recycled again and again, with no loss of their inherent properties. This is real recycling!
#2: Before Recycling: Reuse Your Empty Cans!
What could be better than a BBQ on the campsite? We can’t think of anything… But please: Don’t buy a disposable grill: save your money. Simply make your own grill for the next festival visit by reusing an old beverage can. How? Just watch this video:
Forgot the charcoal at home? Chances are that your “neighbours” brought some, just ask them if they’d share with you!
#3: Bring Your Own Crockery
Invest in an endlessly reusable enamel crockery set! Not only does it look nice, it’s also super light and doesn’t produce waste. You can easily take it with you to the food stands at the festival and have your food served on it. Pair this with reusable cutlery made of metal or wood – that’s how easy it is.
#4: Use a Cardboard Tent
Every year, over 250,000 tents are abandoned at music festivals. And that’s just in the UK, folks! Most aren’t collected by charities and can’t be recycled, meaning the vast majority end up in a landfill. An Amsterdam-based company is trying to change all that: KarTent offers fully recyclable tents made entirely from cardboard. The advantage for festival-goers being their tents will already be set up on the campsite when they arrive. The advantage for the organisers is that they’ll have to clean up anyway – but at least they’ll do so in a more environmentally friendly manner. Recycling a KarTent consumes only half of the CO2 produced by recycling a conventional tent.
#5: Clean Up Party
As mentioned before, most festival-goers simply throw their garbage on the ground: on average, every visitor leaves 15kg of rubbish behind. So, why not end your festival weekend with a clean-up party? Grab some friends and garbage bags and collect the leftovers of the other visitors. Karma points: 100!
Do you have any other tips on how to reduce your waste at a festival? Leave us a comment and share them with us!