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How to have a no-waste festival

Published January 26th, 2016

Tents and sleeping bags fly off the shelves all over the country at certain times of the year as Australia welcomes a rich calendar of festivals. 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 whether you're getting festive at home or overseas.

Keep the tent or stay in an already-pitched tent city. Picture: Getty Images

1. Sleep Sustainably

Tens of thousands of tents are left at festivals each year, because they're not only cheap but almost impossible to pack back into the tiny bags they come in. Alternatives like Britain's Podpads are ideal; little beach huts with solar panels on the roof that power charging devices inside, they are at the cheaper end of glamping, and a much more eco-friendly choice than a one-use tent.

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.

Next time, bring your own plates. Picture: Getty Images

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.


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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 on to your phone before you go.

Go with phones over paper. Picture: Getty Images

5. Compost Your Toothbrush

A toothbrush at a festival is often a disaster waiting to happen. You drop it in a puddle on the way to the taps or a friend borrows it to scrub their muddy trainers – either way, toothbrushes don’t often make it home from festivals. A compostable toothbrush, made of beechwood and pig bristles, means you don't have to worry as much about leaving it behind.


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This article was written by Daisy Fletcher from The Independent and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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