The best time of year is here: it’s finally festival season! After surviving the tumultuous Winter, we all deserve to dance the Summer away with our besties to our favourite tunes, beer in one hand and overpriced food-van morsel in the other. The only downside is the amount of waste produced and with the number of festivals worldwide, it really adds up. Luckily we’ve compiled this list of top tips on how to get festival ready sustainably, so you can have the best time checking out your fave bands in the glorious sunshine, guilt-free.
6 Ways To Be Sustainable At Festivals
1. Reuse Your Cups
Surely by now, we’ve all heard about how single-use plastics are breaking down in our oceans and destroying the marine life, if not from the news then definitely from national treasure David Attenborough’s recent Forbidden Planet series. The most effective way to combat this in your daily life is by limiting the amount of plastic you use, so the plastic water bottles have got to go. Lots of bar stalls at festivals now have a cup take-back scheme, so make sure you ask about it and keep hold of your cup to return to be recycled!
Alternatively, you can grab a reusable cup from one of our stores, safe in the knowledge that you won’t be harming any dolphins or turtles, and they are perfect to take to a festival. As an added bonus, outside of festival life, the big-name coffee chains usually offer a discount when you bring in your own planet saving chalice.
2. Borrow A Tent Or Consider Compostable Options
In 2016, over 5000 tents were abandoned at Glastonbury festival, and these statistics weren’t much better last year either. Whilst some charities do offer a cleanup service, where discarded tents are donated to homeless charities, there are unfortunately still far too many tents going straight to the landfills. Not only that but buying a new tent each year will contribute to manufacturing waste, which is less than ideal.
The best solution is to either borrow a tent from a mate or consider compostable options, available at both KarTent and Comp A Tent. And if you do somehow end up buying a new tent that you won’t use again, consider donating it to the homeless yourself to ensure it isn’t contributing to the destruction of our planet.
3. Incorporate Eco-Glitter Into Your Look
Whilst glitter is pretty much a festival essential at this point, it’s still a harmful microplastic and natural mica alternatives aren’t too groovy either. Luckily there’s a biodegradable version by Eco Glitter Fun that comes in a range of fun pigments suitable for all your crazy makeup needs and won’t be toxic to marine life. Winner winner, no plastic for dinner.
4. Share A Lift
Reduce your carbon footprint by getting public transport to your festival of choice. If this isn’t possible, you can always share a lift! Post a callout on your personal Facebook, the event page or even car sharing websites such as Bla Bla Car or Liftshare. After all, sharing is caring.
5. Shop Vintage
Of course we’re sticking this one in here, after all, we live and breathe vintage. Aside from being trendy, shopping second hand is the best way to make your wardrobe sustainable, as fast fashion is one of the main contributing factors to water pollution, toxic chemical use and textile waste. Did you know, 2,700 litres of water is used for a single t-shirt to be created, which is enough for one person to drink for 900 days! Best getting browsing the Beyond Retro website then really. Plus we’ve got a tonne of beautiful pieces that are perfect for rocking that festival style!
6. Keep It Clean
After all, cleanliness is next to godliness. Make sure you’re picking up your rubbish and putting them in a bin and taking everything home, recycling where possible. You don’t want to be causing any unnecessary stress to the environment. Oh yeah, and remember to snap those six-pack rings so curious critters don’t accidentally strangle themselves, that’s the last thing you need!
Once you’ve got your sustainability cap on, click here to discover more amazing vintage items, bound to turn heads as you enter the festival gates!