How To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At A Festival
March 20th, 2019 - Caroline Cantrall
With climate change regularly in the news, the green revolution in festival culture is something we should all be focused on. At Lightning in a Bottle, we hold sustainability at the core of our ethos, and encourage all of our participants to embrace the same values while in attendance and after they return to the default world. Here are a couple tips to stay green while still having fun:
Go for the minimalist approach! There are more than enough amenities to keep you happy and healthy at most festivals, so leave the excess at home and take advantage of the infrastructure provided by our team. Plus, packing light will make your travel easier to and from the event, especially if you’re flying in (save on those pesky baggage fees). It’s your wits and witticisms that you need to rely on, not endless amounts of luggage!
End Single Use
Be conscious of your packing decisions when bringing single use items to camping fesitvals. Don’t be the squad that buys the last minute discount easy-up with plans to ditch it on Sunday. If anyone needed reminding, plastic water bottles and other single use items can create mountains of waste over the course of the festival weekend. Besides, reusable double-walled water bottles will keep your drinks cold alllll day long! Fill em’ up!
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No MOOP For You!
MOOP is a nifty acronym that stands for Matter Out of Place (h/t Burning Man) and describes anything that is not originally from the place that it resides. Everything that you bring with you to LIB and other camping festivals is functionally MOOP until you pack it up for the ride home. Microtrash like glow sticks, cigarette butts, and glitter can become a huge problem when they are used by thousands of people over the course of the weekend. Be cautious of the trash that comes from your campsite, and consider that whatever you leave, someone else will have to pick up ~ so don’t leave it!
Fruits and Veg!
How you pack your food can have a large impact on your campsite trash pile. Forget about packaged foods and opp for bananas, avocados, hard boiled eggs, and other foods that only generate compost. Not only will this keep your energy high, but it will leave you with much less waste to deal with at the end of the event.
Carpool Lane Is Faster & Cheaper
Make a friend and ride together! Share the costs of the trip, as well as stories, snacks, and music knowledge. Road trips create lifelong friends while inherently lengthening the fun of your festival weekend. Plus you’ll save money! If you are car camping, more people in the vehicle means you can split the cost of the pass more ways; if you’re walk-in camping you’ll be able to skip the single occupant environmental impact fee.