Going green: how to festival with a conscience
This week biodegradable tents
17 March 2011
You know what it's like, you go to a festival with a cheap tent, it gets trashed over the weekend and you end up leaving
it behind. Many campsites end up looking like a grave yard of domed skeletons covered in fabric, in some cases they're even
on fire. But what if you could recycle these tents? What if you could do one good deed after days of debauchery and mischief?
Well, why not donate it?
Last year, after the catastrophic flooding in Pakistan, Reading and Leeds Festival urged their campers to donate their unwanted tents. However, it's not just one act of humanity, many festivals have schemes which donate unwanted tents to charities to house people in third world countries. So don't just leave them behind, covered in various fluids and on fire, hand them in and help someone.
Sometimes, though, festival-goers tend to take their tent home again (shock horror!). You leave it in your attic for a year, then the summer rolls round, so you check your tent for damp and make sure you brought back all your pegs. It is then this glorious moment, in your back garden that you stand next to half a tent cursing everyone that will listen for the missing tent poles and the huge tear in the side. You can't donate it, and you can't recycle it. Or can you?
The Green Tent Company are the first tent manufacturers in the world to create a fully recyclable tent. It's made primarily from one product, making it easier to recycle. They offer tents in all shapes and sizes, from a two man single skin to a four man, two-bedroom deluxe tent. The guy ropes are also luminous, making it easier to find as you stagger back to the campsite and it has fixed pegs to protect animal welfare, and drunken people too.
Once you're eventually finished with your green tent, and have recycled it, what else can you do to help the environment? You could perhaps not buy a tent at all? Myhab is the latest in festival accommodation and is made mainly from recycled parts. You don't even have to pitch it yourself, you simply find a festival at which Myhab operate and book yourself in. The Myhab is genuinely a brilliant idea. It's a pod built for two, made from recycled plastic and toughened cardboard, which is more comfortable and looks much cooler than your standard novelty zebra skin tent. It even has a lockable box built in to it for your valuables. However Myhab, unfortunately, isn't available at all festivals.
With big name headliners already being announced, the festival season is just around the corner. Now it is time to think about how you can cut down your carbon footprint, even whilst standing in a field. Whether it's donating your tent, recycling your tent or spending the weekend in a recycled living space, there's always something you can do to have a greener time this summer.
Green Tent Company