Being inexperienced at a pageant: Six ideas for going eco-friendly – BBC Information


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Individuals are being inspired to select up their garbage and take their tents dwelling

Anybody who’s seen the aftermath of festivals will know that it may find yourself trying extra like a garbage tip than a celebration of music.

Acquainted sights embrace hundreds of plastic bottles, tents left collapsed on the ground and odd wellies sunken within the mud.

About 23,500 tonnes of waste are produced every year at UK music festivals, in accordance with Highly effective Considering – a assume tank centered on the pageant business, and roughly two thirds of that goes into landfill.

However more and more, individuals are making an attempt to be a bit extra inexperienced – so for those who’ve booked your ticket for a pageant, right here is moral life-style blogger Besma Whayeb’s six prime ideas.


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With hundreds of individuals making their method throughout the nation, transport can have a big impact on CO2 emissions. Besma suggests getting a coach, usually organised by the pageant firm itself.

“They’re tremendous straightforward and drive you proper as much as the positioning. Folks often are available twos or threes – on a coach you’ll be able to have 50 or 60 individuals. That is saving on most likely 20 vehicles value of carbon emissions.

“Additionally, coaches imply you get to satisfy individuals beforehand. You can begin that pageant vibe a few hours earlier.”

Re-use your raincoats

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If you are going to a British pageant, you may be fortunate to keep away from a smattering of rain. Besma says she at all times brings a rain mac together with her fairly than single use plastic ponchos.

“When you do take a plastic poncho, afterwards pack it up and maintain it in your bag so if it rains all through the remainder of the pageant you’ll be able to shove it again on. You too can sit on them, which is beneficial, if it will get muddy,” Besma says.

Washing (or not washing)

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These individuals actually, actually care in regards to the atmosphere

Some festivals are fortunate sufficient to have showers, however individuals who have camped at numerous festivals will know the “moist wipe wash” all too properly.

Sadly, you guessed it, most moist wipes will not be biodegradable. “Pull your sources for those who’re going as a gaggle,” Besma says. “You’ll do the identical with alcohol – most [wet wipe] packs include 50, if not 100 wipes, which is a lot.

“Folks fear an excessive amount of about washing, individuals know you are at a pageant and it is sizzling. Simply get pleasure from it”

Foods and drinks

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We have heard of a yard of ale… however a foot of cider?

Use a reusable water bottle. In keeping with Besma: “Quite a lot of festivals now are eager on placing faucets in every single place however they won’t have bottles so that you can fill, so that you may find yourself going to somebody who’s promoting a single use plastic bottle as an alternative.” She additionally suggests taking reusable cutlery.

Glastonbury has introduced it will not promote single-use plastic water bottles this yr. Reside Nation, which run occasions like Studying and Leeds and Wi-fi, says it is going to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.


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You possibly can’t go far in a pageant with out seeing some kind of physique glitter.

Normally, it is not biodegradable, however some firms are altering their merchandise. Besma tells Newsbeat: “Simply seek for eco-glitters, as soon as you have worn it you’ll be able to wash it off and it’ll degrade away.”


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There will be misconceptions about leaving tents at festivals. Some individuals assume their tents will likely be given to charity, however usually that is not the case. Besma says you should not purchase a brand new tent every year.

“Converse to any individual in your loved ones and see if they have a tent you’ll be able to borrow. When you’re a eager pageant goer, having a tent you’ll be able to depend on yearly is significantly better than having to exit and purchase one every year.”

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