After two years of hanging within the stability, music festivals are again on the playing cards. Pre COVID, the pageant scene was booming, and there have been an untold variety of them happening all around the globe.
Within the years previous the pandemic the out of doors occasions business was starting to return below intense scrutiny for its sustainability (or lack thereof) practices.
Giant-scale occasions like Glastonbury and Coachella successfully create small cities and cities in idyllic surroundings in order that we will let unfastened for an extended weekend.
However due to competitors and the truth that we typically aren’t prepared to forgo our smashed avo toast or skinny soya lattes even for a weekend. Pageant organizers have to deliver an entire ton of plastic, meals, and different waste. In accordance with the BBC practically 25800 tonnes, to be precise, and that’s simply within the UK!
It’s not all doom and gloom, although, due to the likes of vison2025 pushing the business in the direction of changing into extra round.
“Imaginative and prescient: 2025 is a rising community of over 500 out of doors occasions and companies taking optimistic local weather motion. We offer the business’s roadmap for a shared journey towards net-zero and the data to assist get there; instruments, assets, guides, information, case research, inexperienced suppliers listing, and occasions that join individuals.” – from the Imaginative and prescient 2025 web site
Earlier than we get too carried away with pointing the finger at occasion organizers and their tasks to us and the setting. Let’s take a minute to think about ourselves and the place we match into the image.
Yip, that’s proper. I’m speaking to all of the Wellington Boot carrying pageant warriors on the market. How can we be extra sustainable for the subsequent pageant season?
In accordance with a examine completed by Ecolibrium, practically 80% of emissions round discipline music festivals are produced by viewers journey to and from the venue.
If we take into account this one statistic, it’s clear how a lot of an impression every festival-goer has.
So prepare for some data bombs that will help you and your crew give a telepathic excessive 5 to mom nature this pageant season.
1. Journey eco-consciously
Yip, the journey to and from the pageant is the largest carbon footprint challenge going through the out of doors occasion business.
There are a number of completely different ways in which we will all scale back the impression of journey and lots of pageant organizers notice this and assist by arranging shuttles to and from the closest practice or coach stations.
Prepare journey is much extra eco-friendly than air journey is. So if you’re heading overseas for a pageant why not take into account if the practice will get you there and again.
Actually, you may journey immediately between London and Amsterdam on the Eurostar with far much less stress than Heathrow or Gatwick airport safety will trigger you. Not satisfied you may journey with out flying? Then take a look at this text.
If you happen to can’t get to a pageant on the practice, then look into carpools or coach journeys run by the organizers. Many festivals have bookable coach/bus choices from close by cities and be happy to ask them in case you can’t see any on their web site.
2. Keep away from single-use gadgets & packaging
Everyone knows the apocalyptic scene on the finish of the headline artist every evening. The sensation of plastic bottles littered all around the ground. And let’s be trustworthy, it will take a saint of a human to say that they’ve by no means dropped their plastic water bottle and left it there.
So in preparation for the upcoming pageant season, why not look into getting a reusable consuming vessel. Further factors in case you purchase one which’s already constituted of recycled supplies.
So as an alternative of hoping that the organizers recycle the plastic consuming bottles, you may take issues into your personal fingers and do refills. Oh sure, and it’s additionally method cheaper to refill your water bottle from onsite services.
And this precept additionally goes in your morning espresso. Avoiding single-use espresso cups additionally goes an extended solution to changing into a greener pageant reveller.
Since we’re on the subject of single-use throw-away stuff, let’s discuss concerning the dreaded pageant tent.
It’s staggering simply what number of of those get left within the tenting fields 12 months after 12 months. In accordance with the BBC, the common tent is equal to 8750 plastic straws. So in case you don’t have the finances to glamp or boutique camp, then you’ll want to take your tent off the premises (extra on that later).
After that, you can provide it to charity, or as soon as these post-festival blues have worn off, you could have a look at your shelter extra fondly and determine to take it to your subsequent pageant.
3. Exchange moist wipes with a fabric and bowl
Face wipes might be all you want to prepare for an additional spherical as soon as that solar begins to bake inside that polyester oven you’ve slept in.
However right here’s the factor. They’re horrible for the setting. Plus, they appear additional gross once you see them littered all around the pathways via the campsite.
The overwhelming majority of them aren’t bio-degradable both, so they’ll inevitably find yourself in a landfill.
Why not go the old-fashioned method and take a fabric and bowl with you? As well as, you get the bonus of getting to go get the water which inadvertently will do wonders to scale back that hangover.
4. Use naturally biodegrading pageant glitter, not compostable
All that glitter seems to be nice, and your Insta pictures are going to make everybody not attending have a extreme case of FOMO.
Simply know that the overwhelming majority of glitter is constituted of plastic. In order that’s what you is likely to be washing away (hopefully along with your fabric and bowl) every time.
That’s a simple answer (I hear you say). I can get some biodegradable glitter. Not so quick. It is advisable examine these merchandise in additional element. Does it biodegrade in nature, or is it compostable?
What’s the distinction? Nicely, merchandise that say they biodegrade by composting want a spread of various components to be current for that to occur. Corresponding to particular temperatures, stress, and micro organism to biodegrade appropriately.
So until you’re prepared to choose up each piece you employ after which take it to a compostable plant, you’re higher off getting one which biodegrades in nature. That means it could possibly decompose in landfills.
There are some manufacturers focusing on bio glitter, similar to:
5. Say no to quick vogue
Classic procuring and thrifting are the perfect methods to keep away from feeding the quick vogue air pollution machine. Plus, in case you’re carrying a uncommon classic rave coat, you simply look extra unique!
The likes of H&M and Zara would possibly enchantment to your finances, however they don’t do effectively for mom natures finances.
Supporting impartial thrift shops not solely retains your hard-earned cash out of the grasping company world but additionally helps the native market and excessive avenue.
Thrifting is a improbable solution to maintain clothes circulating and provides it a second breath of life as a part of your pageant apparel.
An alternative choice is so that you can buy clothes at impartial boutiques that you just discover within the pageant venue. Look out for pop-ups like Jack Fruit, who’ve a big array of colourful and enjoyable hoodies, sweaters, jewellery, and different fascinating gadgets within the UK pageant circuit.
By supporting these pop-ups, you’re additionally making the pageant itself viable. The entire goal is to be round. So stick it to the person (on this case, quick vogue) and belief within the saying that one individual’s trash is one other individual’s treasure.
6. Take every little thing dwelling with you
As soon as the festivities finish and the inklings of the post-festival blues are starting to look behind your thoughts. Many people pageant heads have a flight response.
On this case, that interprets into leaving every little thing besides the garments you’re carrying and perhaps your sleeping bag or backpack.
This can be a no-brainer. On the very least, we should always pack up every little thing that we introduced with us and take it dwelling. Further factors if we will choose up as a lot litter as potential on the lengthy stroll to the automobile park, practice station, or pick-up level.
Earlier, we talked about tents, and it’s price mentioning once more as a result of they’re an enormous trash downside pageant organizers face. So please take a deep breath, break it down and carry it offsite.
And keep in mind, in case you’re not ready to take your tent again with you, cough up the dough and get a pre-pitched glamping or boutique choice.
7. Select a pageant that’s actively dedicated to sustainability
Earlier, we talked about that the entire image should be round to be sustainable. And this additionally contains attending festivals that stroll the stroll in the case of being the perfect sustainable festivals on the market.
There are extra inexperienced pageant choices out there now than there have ever been. So it’s not like your selection is restricted anymore.
DGTL pageant in Amsterdam is on the forefront of the round financial system idea. Take a look at the video under to see how they’ve completed this.
Terraforma in Italy does a superb job by contemplating every little thing from water utilization to journey and even repurposing outdated levels for every version after.
And North pageant in Denmark turned the primary main pageant with 100% inexperienced energy. On the identical time, all its meals & alcohol is 100% natural, besides beer (94%).
These are simply among the pioneers of sustainable festivals. So earlier than you click on purchase in your subsequent pageant ticket, you’ll want to ask them what sustainable insurance policies they comply with and see in the event that they match along with your beliefs.
After having to attend so patiently for therefore lengthy to get again to a summer time pageant season, it’s straightforward to neglect how one can be a greener festival-goer.
However being outfitted with data about how we will do extra for mom nature whereas in her yard is essential to creating wise selections.
And whereas there are many methods we will act extra sustainably at festivals, those talked about on this article are:
- To make extra sustainable journey selections. Both via carbon offsetting or choosing eco-friendlier strategies of journey.
- Please keep away from single-use gadgets, whether or not that be plastics, paper cups, and plates, or different issues that we throw away instantly.
- Go old skool and change moist wipes with a fabric and bowl of water.
- Not permitting advertising and marketing to idiot us by claiming glitter is compostable. As a substitute, go for naturally licensed glitter merchandise.
- Saying no to quick vogue. And relatively heading to the native thrift or charity store as an alternative of H&M or Zara.
- Go away no hint. Take a look at this text for a deep dive into the subject.
- Align ourselves with festivals that actively act on sustainability and attend these occasions over ones that don’t.
I, for one, am extremely excited concerning the summer time after the pandemic and might’t wait to get again to having fun with my favourite artists surrounded by festival-goers and never trash.
What are your ideas? Are there any ways in which you observe being sustainable that I missed? Make sure you go away a remark under and get the dialogue flowing.
Mathew is a music pageant and journey lover residing in Mallorca. He writes about uncommon boutique music festivals and off the overwhelmed path journey experiences at On The Beating Journey.