This year I’ve got my ticket booked for V festival and I’m on the look-out for some camping equipment and other festival essentials (hats, wellies, sunglasses, etc).
On my search for the perfect festival gear I came across The Green Tent Company. These guys specialise in providing tents which can be easily recycled.
According to their website, most tents are made up of so many different types of material that it is not economically viable to separate them out for recycling, therefore the whole lot usually goes to landfill. At The Green Tent Company tents are made using one type of material and can therefore be recycled all together.
I personally have never had to throw away a tent, but perhaps I just don’t party hard enough. It is true that a lot of people leave their tents behind at festivals, either because they’re too hung over and tired to take them down, or because they’ve managed to wear them out, but then how will the people who clear up after a festival know which ones can be recycled and which ones can’t? It seems like a good idea in theory but I’m not sure how successful it will be in saving the environment.
However, it did get me thinking about what else there is out there for a greener festival…
The Big Green Coach gets people to and from their festivals, helping to reduce carbon emissions. According to the website, festival goers’ travel is the biggest contributor to the music industry’s carbon emissions, accounting for 45% of the music events’ carbon footprint! This means that by using a company such as this we can help in a big way.
Both the companies mentioned also support Trees for Cities, a scheme whereby new trees are planted to bring a bit of green back to major cities and to help in filtering pollutants. So for every full Big Green Coach and for every Green Tent Company tent purchased, a donation is made for a new tree to be planted.
Despite the bashing that festivals get for not being environmentally friendly, there are a number of ways that each individual can reduce their own carbon footprint and give the whole industry a brighter future!