How to Be a More Eco-Friendly Festivalgoer
BY: BORIS DZHINGAROV ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
For those of us who are completely enamored with the festival experience, we spend much of the year eagerly awaiting the next excuse to bust out the tent and spend a few days living in a field. The nature of festivals has changed noticeably over the last several decades. Events that were once cheap and easily accessible have become increasingly commercialized.
This has been a double-edged sword for those of us who regularly attend the festivals; now that much more money is being put into them, the quality of the available facilities has gone up, as has the variety of foods and other goods on sale inside. The downside is that some of the corporate interests that get involved don’t really adhere to what many of us consider to be the essential spirit of the festival experience.
Part of the attraction for many festivalgoers is the idea of living without access to technology or the other trappings of modern life, but often when we put together our festival packs, we end up inadvertently embracing products which go against the eco-friendly ethos that most festivals wish to encourage.
When traveling to a festival, always use public transport when possible. It is one of the easiest, yet most effective, ways that you can help to mitigate the environmental impact of the event. Consider just how many people can fit on a bus or train compared to a car. When a large portion of the attendees at a festival have chosen to drive there, the roads become congested and this exacerbates the pollution problem.
Most festivals organize some form of public transport, usually a bus or coach, which will run from nearby train stations and other public transport hubs. Contact the festival organizers beforehand to find out if they’ve made any such arrangements.
Let Organizers Know You Care
Festivals can obviously only exist so long as people want to attend them. Therefore, letting festival organizers know that being eco-friendly is an important consideration for you will encourage them to take their obligations seriously.
Point them towards companies like Satellite Industries, who provide a number of facilities for festivals and take their environmental obligations very seriously. Following the festival, look for any channels through which you can give feedback to the organizers, and make it clear to them what you thought about the environmental impact of the festival. You can use the Chamber of Commerce website to find the contact details of businesses you know to be eco-friendly; contact them and suggest that they approach festival organizers.
There are certain products which are essential for surviving the duration of the festival, but many of these items come in packaging which isn’t very environmentally friendly. Try to remove any packaging before you leave and recycle as much of it as you can. Most festivals have a huge cleanup operation the day after the attendees leave and you can volunteer to help with this.
Festivals are an important cultural experience for many of us and we spend all year looking forward to the summer months when the festival season gets underway. Making sure that it is as environmentally friendly as possible is in everyone’s interests.
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