How to help make your festival experience More Sustainable

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As festival season approaches, it’s time to get prepped for those magical days of music, art, and community under the open sky. While it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement, it’s equally important to consider the environmental impact of your festival experience.

Festivals generate a significant amount of waste, but with a few thoughtful choices, you can embark on a more sustainable adventure that leaves no trace, while actually helping you to save money too. You've already forked out for the tickets, so by investing in long-lasting gear, it'll make sure you can keep visiting your favourite festivals, without having to fork out on new kit each time.

What's more, better quality gear will help you stay warm, dry and comfortable, no matter what the conditions, so you can keep dancing for longer, while helping the environment too!

Here’s a guide to the essential eco-friendly choices you can make to help enjoy the festival season in a more responsible way.

1. Durable Tent

Invest in a high-quality, durable tent that can weather the elements year after year. Many festival-goers opt for cheap tents, only to abandon them at the end of the event, contributing to massive amounts of waste. A sturdy, reliable tent not only ensures a comfortable stay but also reduces landfill waste.

We stock a wide range of brands, like Vango, MSR, Kelty and Nemo who offer a variety of robust tents perfect for festival camping, whether you're on your own, with friends or family.

2. Reusable Mugs & Water Bottles

Stay hydrated during those long, sun-drenched days with a reusable water bottle. By avoiding single-use plastic bottles, you help reduce plastic waste. Many festivals now provide water refill stations, making it easier than ever to keep your bottle topped up.

Consider insulated bottles from brands like Hydro Flask for an eco-friendly and stylish hydration solution.Whether you’re savouring a morning coffee or enjoying an evening drink, a reusable mug or cup is a festival must-have. Not only does it reduce single-use plastic waste, but many festivals also offer discounts on beverages when you bring your own cup. Check out options from Klean Kanteen and Hydro Flask for versatile cups that fit easily in your bag.

3. Footwear

Prepare for unpredictable festival weather by investing in the festival essential...wellies. These durable boots are essential for keeping your feet dry and comfortable in muddy conditions... because no one likes wet/soggy feet!

By making sure you're invested in high-quality wellies, over ones that are likely to fall apart or need to be abandoned on-site, wellies can be cleaned and reused for multiple festivals, outdoor adventures, and everyday rainy days. Look for wellies made from sustainable materials or those designed to be long-lasting, which offer both style and functionality.

Some people prefer to wear walking boots at festivals too, which are designed for rugged environments, keeping your feet comfortable and protected, whether the ground is wet and boggy, or dry and rocky, or if the weather is looking glorious, a sturdy pair of sandals, such as from Teva (we love their recycled materials), will have you looking and feeling awesome in the fields, so you can focus on the dancing, not your feet!

4. Reusable Utensils and Plates

Ditch disposable cutlery and plates in favour of reusable options. A lightweight set of bamboo or stainless steel utensils, along with a reusable plate or bowl, can significantly cut down on waste.

These items are easy to clean and pack, and don't take up much packing space, making them ideal for any festival setting.

5. Gear Repair & Care

Extend the life of your gear by prioritising repairs and maintenance rather than buying new items. Reproofing your tent and waterproof clothing ensures they remain effective against the elements. Regularly cleaning your gear, such as sleeping bags, backpacks, and reusable utensils, helps maintain their functionality and hygiene. For small repairs, consider using patches, repair tapes, or seam sealants available from brands like Grangers. By taking care of your equipment, you reduce waste and contribute to a more sustainable festival experience, ensuring your trusty gear can join you on many more adventures.

6. Accessories

Think about your accessories too, from your toiletries and glitter choices, through to how you power your devices.

Did you know, you can keep your devices powered up without relying on electricity with a portable solar charger. These eco-friendly chargers harness the power of the sun to keep your phone, camera, and other gadgets running throughout the festival.

7. Eco-Friendly Clothing

Choose clothing made from sustainable materials like organic cotton, bamboo, or recycled fabrics. Not only are these materials better for the environment, but they also tend to be more breathable and comfortable for long days in the sun. Patagonia, Picture and Montane are known for their commitment to sustainable fashion and offer a variety of festival-ready apparel, from lightweight t-shirts to cosy fleeces for when the sun goes down.

8. Dry & Robust Bags

Thinking about your packing can make a big difference too - if your gear is wet and soggy or if your backpack is likely to break under the weight, you're more likely to ditch your kit, which leaves it to land in landfill.

Simply thinking about dry bags or raincovers instead of binbags, robust hiking and day bags or small bag attachments for quick access to essentials, means your gear will stay safe and dry in any condition, will reduce waste and help you save money in the long run as your gear will last year after year.

9. Waterproof Jackets

Swap single-use plastic macs for a high-quality waterproof jacket. A reliable waterproof jacket not only keeps you dry during sudden downpours, but also reduces plastic waste.

Opt for jackets made from eco-friendly materials or those from brands committed to sustainable practices, like Patagonia or Klattermusen.

These jackets are designed to withstand the elements and can be used repeatedly, ensuring you're prepared for any weather without harming the environment.

10. Cool Boxes

Keep your food and drinks fresh and chilled with an eco-friendly cool box. By bringing your own provisions, you can reduce the amount of single-use packaging and avoid the often overpriced and wasteful options at festival food stalls. Look for cool boxes made from sustainable materials or those with high energy efficiency ratings.

Brands like Igloo offer durable, well-insulated cool boxes that keep your snacks and beverages cool throughout the festival.

Not only does this help you stay refreshed, but it also minimises your environmental impact by reducing waste and promoting sustainable practices - just check ahead with what you're allowed to bring to your specific festival.


By making conscious choices about the gear you bring to a festival, you can significantly reduce your environmental footprint. Investing in durable, reusable, and eco-friendly products not only helps protect the planet but also enriches your overall festival adventure. So, gear up sustainably and embrace the festival season knowing you’re making a positive impact!

Happy festival season, and stay green! 🌿

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