Our guide to eco friendly festivals 2019 - save the planet (and your bank account)26 July 2019
Don your wellies and get set for 2019’s festival season! There’s nothing like a weekend-long party, but spare a thought for the environment before you get glittered up - summer festivals come with a hefty impact on both the planet and your wallet. Don’t turn off those Glastonbury email alerts just yet, though; a few changes can make your festival experience more sustainable - and cheaper, too. Take our tips on board for cleaner, greener, eco friendly festivals for 2019!
Ethical festival clothing - sustainable swaps for your outfits
Instead of super cheap festival clothing you’ll never wear again (holographic bodysuit, anyone?) Opt for stylish staples you can mix and match with your existing wardrobe. There’s no reason your festival getup has to be a one-wear-wonder, so use this opportunity to invest in a few must-have summer looks. Pull & Bear is one of our fave sustainable clothing brands - their ethical clothing range, Join Life, is packed with festival-friendly picks.
If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, make a beeline for the ASOS Marketplace - there are hundreds of killer vintage pieces to help you stand out from the crowd. Buying vintage means you can nab designer picks without the hefty price tag, while reducing fashion industry waste. Cut-off denim, khaki and chunky trainers are our faves for festival outfits that will last the distance. Top your look off with some biodegradable glitter from Lush and you’ll be set to party!
Plastic free festival - going zero waste with your checklist
Most major festivals have vowed to go plastic-free, so stay in step with a few sustainable swaps of your own. BYOB - of water, that is! Metal water bottles keep your drinks cool all day long, whether you’re sipping on H2O or some other tasty tipple. Pick one up with an Amazon discount code and enjoy ice-cold bevs long after the festival ends.
If you’re going to be sampling some tasty food truck treats, don’t be afraid to bring along your own lunch box and cutlery - you’ll keep your food safe from spillage, and won’t be stuck with flimsy plastic forks. Pick up an enamelware set from your favourite camping store and you’ll be set for 2020’s festival season, too!
Opt for natural skincare and haircare products that come sans-packaging, like the Ethical Superstore’s range of solid shampoos and cleansers. Solid options last way longer than bulky bottled liquids, so you’ll save money and valuable bag space. As tempting as the river may be, keep chemicals out of natural waterways and manage your festival hair with dry shampoo instead.
Cut your carbon footprint - eco friendly travel options
It seems simple, but transport to and from an event can leave the largest environmental impact. Most event websites have a ‘how to get there’ section - review your options and choose public transport wherever possible. Grab a Trainline discount code for great ticket deals that cut costs and your carbon footprint - it’s a win-win! If your event is a bit further afield, opt for the Eurotunnel and forgo airport carry on requirements (after all, you’re going to need a lot more than 100ml of sunscreen)!
If public transport isn’t an option, Get by with a little help from your friends! Carpooling splits petrol costs and environmental impact - and you can share road trip playlists on the way. Bonus! If you do need to drive, grab a friend with a van and ditch the tent altogether. Kit your sleeping space out with solar lights from Cotswold Outdoors and forget wrestling with a single-use tent - it’s greener, more comfortable and will make for some great festival snaps.
Support eco friendly events - the gigs going green in 2019
Making better choices doesn’t have to mean missing out this festival season. Keep an eye out for local and environmentally friendly events on Festicket and you could nab a great package deal on your tickets and accommodation. Shambala and Green Man are both champions for renewable energy - forget plugging your phone into your car, solar stations will keep you charged up without the environmental impact!
Do a bit of research and find out what sustainable schemes your favourite festival is pushing - major events like Glastonbury, Reading Festival and Latitude have pledged to cut plastic waste, and you can make back some of your ticket cost at Boomtown and Bestival when you return a full bag of recycling in the cleanup. In the lead up to the big event, check out the initiatives on offer - from cardboard tents to donation schemes, there are loads of easy ways to keep green!
Whichever event you choose, a few simple swaps and greener choices will help cut your environmental impact (and save you a few pennies, while you’re at it)! Don’t forget to check out our camping offers for great deals on sustainable outdoor gear, and keep an eye out for our womens and mens clothing vouchers for ethical festival ‘fits. After all, being a sustainable festival-goer doesn’t have to cost the earth!