How to be A Greener Festival-Goer
13 May 2009
Festival organisers and bands are doing a lot now to be more environmentally friendly but the biggest contributor to CO2 emissions from a festival are actually the audience.
Consequently, it is the fans - you - who can make the biggest difference in reducing this environmental impact of festivals. So what can you do? Here are some practical tips on being green at festivals and concerts...
- If you can, travel by public transport
- If you use a car, lift-share - four to a car is really quite environmentally friendly
- Make sure the event you go to has an environmental policy or green ideas
- Reduce what you take to just what you actually need
- Take your tent home
- Buy durable products, returnable bottles and containers that can be re-filled
- Look out for recycled goods and those packaged in recycled materials
- Cut down on packaging by buying your fruit and vegetables loose
- Buy local, fair-trade and organic food, drinks and products - at stalls if possible
- Use re-sealable containers to keep your food fresh
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Avoid the queues – charge your mobile with your own echarger - see www.echarger.co.uk
- Smokers can take portable ashtrays – the ashcan - see www.ashcan.co.uk
- Do you need to take bottled water? Re-use a bottle at the taps
- Or use bottled waste like Belu - see www.belu.org
- Reuse whatever you can
- Recycle what you cannot reuse
- Remember - reduce - reuse - recycle
- Leave no trace – just footsteps and memories
It not really that difficult and most festivals now have recycling bins as a minimum. If they don’t – don’t go! We all love live music so we know you want to have fun, but if you just spare five minutes a day for the planet we are going to have a much greener future!
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