One of my favourite things in the world, are music festivals. They are a time where I feel most alive. I can dance all day and night. Listen to incredible music. And of course, cover myself in glitter.
However, the downside to music festivals is the impact it has on the environment. People leave rubbish, tents, and not a lot of recycling occurs.
So I want to give you some tips on how to be sustainable this festival season!
- Clean up after yourself. – This may sound obvious, but the amount of rubbish you see left on the floor when the party is over, is horrific. Use the bins provided. Remember if you are camping over a few days, leave your space the way you found it. Clean.
- Recycle. – If you’re taking your own cutlery, plates, bottles etc. make sure to use as little plastic as possible. Single use plastic is the enemy. Take a reusable water bottle, there are always places you can refill at festivals. I always carry a wooden cutlery set wherever I go. And any rubbish you do use at festivals, make sure to recycle properly.
- Use biodegradable glitter. – If you know me well, you will know that I LOVE glitter. However, glitter can impact the environment also, so make sure when you are purchasing your sparkles to only shop biodegradable.
- Outfit shopping. – When it comes to choosing your outfits, make sure to shop at op shops (charity shops), borrow costumes from friends, or find good brands that make them sustainably and by hand.
- Tents! – This is a huge one. After festivals I see so many people leave their tents behind. It’s devastating. At a few festivals in Europe in 2018, some charities collected tents that were left and gave them to refugees, which is an incredible idea. However, this doesn’t happen everywhere. Don’t leave it for someone else to clean up. If you don’t need your tent, take it and donate it to a good charity.
- Getting there. – Think carefully about how you plan to get to the festival itself. Most festivals put on buses from major cities, car share with your friends, get public transport whenever possible. Try to minimise your carbon emission.
Please be mindful this festival season. Treat the land the way you would treat your home, it’s the only place we have to live.