Sustainability

We’ve only got one planet and we need to look after it! Find out how you can help reduce the environmental impact of festivals.

Sustainability

We’ve only got one planet and we need to look after it! Find out how you can help reduce the environmental impact of festivals.

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Be a Green Festival Goer

The five most important things you can do to be a green festival goer:

1. Take your tent home with you!

Tents cannot be recycled and generally cannot be collected for re-use. In fact, please take everything home with you. Festivals want to spend budget on line-up and fun not waste. Read more about all things festival camping related.

2. Use the correct bins to improve recycling

Nearly all festivals will separate rubbish using different bins so that materials can be recycled. Mixed waste often cannot be recycled. Keep food waste separate from recycling - materials with food waste usually cannot be recycled!

3. Bring water bottles and reusable cups

Help reduce single-use plastic by bringing reusables. Check whether your festival offers a reusable bottle or cup.

4. Think about how you travel

Try to avoid travelling alone in a car - consider festival coaches and public transport options or try a car share. Read more about all things festival travel related.

5. Reduce other plastics

If you're going to apply lots of glitter, make it biodegradable, or try face paints, and think about how you can reduce your plastic. Check out the Festival Goers Guide to Plastic Free Festivals and play your part in supporting the 'Drastic on Plastic' initiative.

Love the site, love the planet and do your bit!

Useful Links

  • Friends of the Earth

    Read about why we need to reduce plastic waste.

    Friends of the Earth
  • A Greener Festival

    Non-profit committed to helping festivals and events become more sustainable and reduce environmental impact.

    A Greener Festival
  • Festival Goers Guide

    Information on how you can help to reduce single use plastic at festivals.

    Festival Goers Guide

Questions?

All festivals have slightly different rules. If you have any questions you should contact the organisers of the event that you are going to. Visit the event website for details of how to get in touch.

Festival Safe is aimed at people heading to UK festivals. Much of the information you'll find here will be useful wherever your event is being held, but if you are heading to an overseas event remember that rules, and in particular the law, can be different in other countries.

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