“But we simply can’t do it without you. As well as accepting the festival’s terms and conditions of entry when paying your balance, you were required to sign our ‘Love the Farm, Leave no Trace’ pledge.”
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Glastonbury’s tips to help protect the environment at festivals
As well as observing the Green Pledge, the festival is encouraging attendees to use the toilets provided to prevent contamination of the local water supply. People are also encouraged to use the site’s recycling bins, only use what they need, and take all possessions home.
Organisers recommend using public transport (although trains may be tricky with the strikes), cycle or car-share to the festival. Revellers are also advised to bring reusable water bottles, use water responsibly, and avoid bringing glass bottles or other prohibited items.
These practices can be applied to all festivals this summer, not just Glastonbury.
As well as adhering to the policies put forward by the legendary Somerset festival, revellers can go a step further and commit to eco-friendly items that will reduce their carbon footprint.
Top eco-friendly festival essentials
Here are five reusable and sustainable items that every festival goer should pack this year.
Cheap, disposable, and easy to carry around, wet wipes have long been a festival staple. Unfortunately, these festival essentials can be damaging to the environment. Even when they are put in the bin, these essential festival items release microplastics as they break down, which, in turn, can contaminate water and food supplies.
Eco-conscious festival punters should opt for biodegradable, fragrance-free wipes that are made from sustainably sourced plant fibres, so they can freshen up without damaging the planet.
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Wellies are another Glastonbury ‘must have’ that are not especially eco-friendly unless punters opt for sustainable versions. Eco-friendly wellies are made with sustainably sourced rubber, which, unlike most types of synthetic rubber, can be recycled.
Let’s be honest, hygiene at festivals can sometimes be neglected. While showers at the likes of Glastonbury are never ideal, a small bar of soap goes a long way.
Most big brand soaps contain synthetic materials, which can be harmful to the environment. Made from natural materials, eco-friendly soap does not produce harmful toxins or poisons. It also breaks down more easily after use so it doesn’t harm water cycles, making it the only option for eco-conscious festival goers.
While sleeping bags may have lagged behind other outdoor gear in the sustainability stakes, they are starting to catch up. Technically advanced, eco-friendly bags that boast fully recycled natural fabrics and contain no harmful chemicals are now available for resource-efficient festival campers.
Conventional toothpaste tubes are difficult to recycle. Plastic-free and eco-friendly toothpaste that comes in recyclable jars instead of tubes and is made with cruelty-free formulas is another must for eco-warrior festival goers this year.