If you’re a music festival fan, you understand why they’re so special. Bringing together thousands of people into one place to enjoy artists expressing themselves through fantastic music as you dance along is a feeling that can’t be replicated. Yet while they’re incredible experiences filled with life-long memories, they can also be damaging to the environment.
Music festivals are notorious for leaving their location destroyed, littered with trash, and causing damage to the cities that they’re in. Thankfully, things don’t have to be that way. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can make your next music festival experience a little bit greener.
Carpool Or Take Public Transportation
Before the festival starts, you’re going to need to find a way to get there. Depending on where you’re staying, you may have different options available to you. Yet any option where you can share the transit with other people, like carpooling or using public transportation like buses and trains, will result in far fewer emissions than driving solo.
Stay Hydrated With A Reusable Water Bottle
You’re probably going to be singing, dancing, and sweating once the music starts. Staying hydrated is essential to maintaining your health and well-being. But getting several plastic water bottles or disposable cups isn’t a green choice. Instead, opt to bring your own reusable water bottle that doesn’t only save you money but reduces the amount of trash you make too.
Depending on your preferences, there are several different types of water bottles to choose from. Metal insulated bottles will keep your water cold, collapsible water bottles will save you space when empty, and regular bottles are the easiest to come by. Just bring your own and fill it up once inside the festival, and you’ll be ready for a great time!
Avoid Any Single-Use Items
Eating, drinking, and cleaning often involve single-use items. You use these products one time for one purpose, and they then sit in a landfill forever. By bringing your own utensils and towels, you can avoid adding to unnecessary waste.
Don’t Buy A New Outfit
Festivals have become fashion runways, allowing a form of self-expression that’s rare anywhere else. Yet the clothes you decide to purchase make a big difference. Buying something to only use once is wasteful. Instead, show off an outfit that you already have!
To keep things fresh, try mixing and matching tops and bottoms, digging through your closet for something that has gone unworn for a while, or swapping with a friend. If buying an outfit is necessary, then try and thrift! Local thrift or second-hand stores can supply you with cute, affordable, and sustainable options.
Pick Up Your Garbage
When caught up in all the excitement, it can be easy to leave trash all over the place. From the bathroom to the field, any place except for the garbage can is the wrong place. The easiest thing on this list is to simply ensure you pick up and throw all of your garbage away properly. Leave the land you’re on better than how you found it!