How To Be More Eco-Friendly At Festivals

Tips for festivals with kids6 Photos Credit Karen Beddow Mini Travellers

We have been attending festivals for years, and they are part of our family life. However, one thing that we find upsetting is the mess that is left behind. We all have a responsibility to look after our countryside and festival sites. Today we are going to share our top tips on How To Be More Eco-Friendly At Festivals.

If every festival goer took on 1 or 2 of these tips, then this would lighten the burden for not only the local community but also the countryside.

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How to be more Eco Friendly at Festivals

How To Be More Eco Friendly At Festivals

1. Bring Reusable Items

Avoid single-use items as much as possible. Bring reusable water bottles, food containers, and utensils. Use cloth bags or backpacks instead of plastic bags to carry your belongings. Having your own reusable items reduces waste and helps keep the festival grounds clean.

Photos Credit: Karen Beddow Mini Travellers.

2. Pack Sustainable Food And Drinks If You Are Camping

Bring your own food and snacks in reusable containers to avoid purchasing single-use packaged items. If the festival allows, consider bringing a portable grill or cooking equipment to prepare fresh meals on-site. Opt for locally sourced, organic, and vegetarian/vegan food options whenever available.

3. Dispose Of Waste Properly

Follow the waste management guidelines provided by the festival organizers. Separate your waste into recyclables and non-recyclables. If recycling bins are not readily available, take your recyclables home to ensure they get properly recycled. Avoid littering and dispose of trash in designated bins.

4. Donate Unwanted Tents and Sleeping Bags

Don’t leave unwanted tents and sleeping bags behind. The homeless issue in the UK is catastrophic. Taking ten minutes to back up unwanted tents and sleeping bags could make a huge difference to someone else’s life. Check if the festival is working with homeless charities; there may be a drop-off point. If not take it away and donate it. Despite popular belief a lot of left tents end up in land fill.

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5. Reduce Energy Consumption

Be mindful of your energy usage during the festival. Limit the use of electronic devices and conserve battery life by putting them on power-saving mode. Unplug chargers when not in use. If the festival offers charging stations, use them responsibly and avoid overcharging.

6. Respect The Natural Surroundings

Many festivals take place in outdoor settings, so it’s essential to respect and preserve the environment. Avoid littering, stay on designated paths, and respect any wildlife or plant life you encounter. Follow any rules or guidelines provided by the festival regarding protecting the environment.

Tips for festivals with kids8 Photos Credit Karen Beddow Mini Travellers
Photo Credit: Karen Beddow Mini Travellers.

7. Support Eco-Friendly Vendors

Look for vendors and food stalls that prioritize sustainability. Support businesses that use compostable or biodegradable packaging and offer eco-friendly products or services. By choosing eco-conscious vendors, you encourage sustainable practices within the festival community.

Being Eco-Friendly Teaches The Next Generation To Be Responsible

Our kids learn from us; we have the opportunity to shape the future through action. If they see us caring for our environment, it will be second nature to them. We, for one, will practice what we preach and try to make a small difference.

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Sarah Christie is a craft, food, cruise, and family travel blogger Extraordinary Chaos, Cruising For All and Mini Travellers. Known for her unique perspective and ability to find beauty in chaos, Sarah designs and creates craft projects as well as creating recipes for people who want to cook from scratch the easy way. Whilst also exploring family travel and how to navigate it.

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