Music Festival Best Practices: How to Rock and Not Wreck the Environment

Music festivals can be some of the best times with friends, family, and loved ones. We all love the feeling of getting together, relaxing, and soaking in the awesome sights and sounds. But one music festival concern we keep getting is how to do so in a way that is eco-friendly. 

There can be a lot of gear, products, and items involved in attending a music festival. It’s up to us to be responsible and not just pick up after ourselves, but also to choose festival gear and products that are green-friendly and environmentally safe in the first place. 

Here is the top music festival advice for enjoying your time in a way that saves the planet, as well: 

Music Festival Basics: Pick up Your Trash Afterwards

1. Pack Some Really Big Trash Bags

While this just seems like a given and is basic common sense, you’d be surprised at the number of litterbugs who attend festivals. They reach the end of the weekend and decide it is easier to leave their stuff behind vs repacking it all into the car.  Be responsible and pick up after yourself and others when festival-going. If you brought it in, take it out.

While most festivals are held in specially demarcated areas, leftover rubbish from the events can spill out into the surrounding areas and can wreak havoc on the local ecosystems and wildlife. Play your part and make sure the trash is contained and controlled. 

With your large trash bags, get your neighboring camps to toss in their rubbish too. Leave nothing behind!

Use Less Plastic

2. Use Camping Gear

This is a sound practice not just in connection with festivals. Camping gear is light, easy to stow and made to last.  At festivals, it can be tempting to rely heavily on plastics for convenience. Our oceans and rivers are already choked with too much plastic pollution already, we don't need to add to the problem. Here are some tips to reduce plastic usage at festivals: 

  • Reuse plastic cups and containers containers. Even plastic ware can be washed and reused many times.
  • Pack your food in wax paper instead of plastic bags
  • Use cloth bags instead of plastic bags
  • Buy products that use cardboard or other compostable materials in their packaging

Also, did you know that lots of clothes are actually made of plastic? Especially those with microfibers, which can be problematic, as the plastic fibers runoff through the laundry systems and cause problems in our oceans. 

Use Biodegradable Products — Especially Makeup

3. Sparkle Ecologically

Along with using less plastic, it helps to use products that are biodegradable, such as those based on paper. One surprising thing to think about is that many makeups, dyes, and glitter products are not biodegradable. This is highly relevant for festival goers, especially those of us who like to dress up in elaborate costumes, makeup, and body paint. 

So, be sure to double check that your makeup and dyes are biodegradable and good for the environment. Like plastic products, dyes and makeups are washed off and go directly into other water systems, where it can affect sea creatures, plants, and water wildlife. 

Recycle What You Can

4. Make Recycle Trash Bags

Since you brought trash bags, taking some blue painter's tape and make a large X on the sides. Then your trash and recyclables can be sorted right then.

If you can’t get your hands on more environmentally-friendly products, then at least recycle what you’ve used. This actually might be concern for products purchased at festivals. For instance, food and gear purchased there often comes in plastic, which sometimes can’t be avoided. If this is the case, be sure to corral that plastic and don’t let it blow away, and dispose of it properly in the recycling bin and your own recycling bags. 

This can go a long way — there are often thousands of people at festivals, and if everyone does their part it keeps cleanup costs down and the world a little cleaner.

Lastly, the word “recycle” doesn’t just apply to the way you dispose things. If you can take materials and recycle them into other uses, this will stretch the life of that product until it’s finally ready to be discarded into the recycling bin. 

Let’s All Do Our Part

We believe that the spirit behind most festivals is that of love, care for self and community, and overall healthy lifestyles. Part of what makes the experience great is a conscious collective effort to improve ourselves and our surroundings. We can make efforts to take care of the spaces so we can continue to have festivals in the same space without degrading the area. More than one event has been banned from a venue because of trash.

Let’s all do our part to keep these going for generations to come!

If you have more questions about festivals and the environment, or if you have tips or feedback on this topic, get in touch with us today. We’d love to hear how you feel on this subject and what other ideas you might have. 

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