Tents and disposable barbecues are flying off the shelves all over the country as the high street makes the most of festival season. But in our excitement to buy up the latest camping gear, are we forgetting how many of our festival purchases will end up in landfill? There are plenty of ways to prevent waste and still have a good time.
1. Sleep sustainably
2. Wipe out the wet wipes
Wet wipes are made of polyester, and don’t decompose easily. Instead of using them to take off last night’s make up and other festival detritus, bring a flannel or a muslin cloth that can be reused as many times as you need it.
3. Eat environmentally
The number of plastic cups thrown away at festivals every year would probably be enough to build another Great Wall of China. As well as making meals more environmentally friendly, bringing your own crockery and cutlery means you can avoid the frustration of disposable forks breaking off in your hand while you tackle some pulled pork.
4. PDFs not paper
At the end of a festival the ground is always thick with soggy maps, line-ups and leaflets. Rather than using up a whole tree worth of paper, try downloading all the PDFs onto your phone before you go.
5. Compost your toothbrush