Thousands of you are heading home or flying abroad for Easter – but, did anyone remember that today is not only Good Friday but also Earth Day? Yes, it’s that time of the year to profess your greenness and get involved in saving the planet. Feeling guilty that you forgot it yet again? Well, if you don’t have time to hit an Earth Day event, at least you can green up your summer festival plans.
Check out which festivals are doing their part to shrink their carbon footprint here. And, use our environmentally friendly tips below.
Use public transportation whenever possible as audience travel emissions to and from festivals account for more than half of the music events’ carbon footprints. Coach travel is between four and six times more environmentally friendly than taking a car to a festival. Check out The Big Green Coach to get to your next festival. Individual festivals also run buses to and from stations – enquire with them directly.
If public transportation isn’t an option, use a liftshare web site to share the cost as well as CO2 emissions. Zimride is integrated with facebook and twitter and can even calculate the route from a driver to sharers and on to the festival to save on petrol. Also check out liftshare and freewheelers.
The Green Tent Company is the first tent manufacturer in the world to create a fully recyclable tent. Prices range from 15.99 for a two-man dome tent to 69.99 for a four-man two-bedroom dome tent. They also have package deals that include sleeping bags and eco ground mats. Best of all, you can order your kit online and pick it up at the festival of your choice! The tents last for several uses and the guy ropes are luminous, making your tent easier to find as you stagger back to the campsite at the end of the night.
Don’t forget to pick up some biodegradable tent pegs.
Myhab actually isn’t a tent at all, but the latest in festival accommodation made from recycled plastic and toughened cardboard. The pods are built for two, have an original look, and you don’t even have to pitch it yourself. Simply find a festival at which Myhab operate and book yourself in. They even come with soft bedding, a lockable box, and access to special showers and toilets in the eco-friendly Myvillage. Only downsides are that they cost between 200 and 400 pounds and are only available at Glastonbury, Oxegen, T in the Park, Latitude, Reading, Leeds, and Electric Picnic.
The FreeLoader is a portable solar charger that can power most hand held devices, including phones, digital cameras, MP3 players, sat navs, iPods, PDAs and PSPs. Can power a mobile phone for 44 hours, a PSP for 2.5 hours, and a PDA for 22 hours.
Portable ashtrays are a great way to help the environment because the cigarette butt is made of a type of cellulose acetate, the same substance you find in plastic bags and bottles. Depending on environmental conditions, it could take up to 18 years to biodegrade. Check out My Ashtray’s stylish colorful little pouches, or Roll-Ups’ black chrome pocket trays, or Keep Britain Tidy for several more innovative options.
The Ploo – We’re not entirely convinced of this one, but The Ploo is a portable recycled cardboard toilet with bio-degradable “poo bags” you can bury. It’s supposed to be good for the environment and stops you having to queue for the loo.