When people are running among the headliners at the festivals, the last thing on your mind might be how to recycle your food packaging, or where to put your reusable cup.
But, with more and more focus on going green, art festivals all around the uk are pledging to cut back on plastic, waste and even glitter.
So, the BBC’s Reality check asks – what are the biggest environmental impacts of festivals and what is being done to fight against them? Travel
In the uk, transport accounts for the majority of the emissions of greenhouse gases by 26%, according to the National Bureau of Statistics.
And in the same way, the audience travel to and from sites tends to make the most of a festival’s carbon footprint. Cars, elevator action, and the trains are the most popular forms of transport.
Festival-goers may not want to take the public transport, while the realization of the end of week supplies on their backs. But, with the uk audience numbers hit almost four billion euros in 2016, live music events you may need to take more measures to reduce their emissions.
Most of the major festivals, we recommend lift-sharing and use a shuttle bus service or subsidized local transportation to try to minimize the amount of traffic. Going zero waste
Approximately 23,500 tons of waste are produced annually in the united kingdom, music festivals, according to the estimates of strong Thought, a think tank focused on the festival of the industry.
Of that, around a third is recycled, while the rest goes to the trash.
“All the festivals of the ecological footprint: it consumes energy, water, food and materials, and produce waste and carbon emissions,” the think-tank has said, though he added that four of the five organizers of the festival were surveyed had an environmental policy in place.
A number of campaigns that have been created to try to address the tents that are left behind at the festival site.
Glastonbury attendees may take the Leave no Trace pledge themselves to take all your belongings out of the house, while other organizers have signed up to the Love of Your Shop campaign, which encourages festival-goers to invest in high-quality, camping equipment like the one from campingfunzone.com and re-use it. The cuts in the plastic
With large companies such as Mcdonald’s, Starbucks and Waitrose commit to reducing plastic, the organizers of the festival are following his example.
There are 61 independent British festivals, including Bestival and Shambala, that have committed to ban the use of plastic straws this year.
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As part of the Association of Independent Festivals’ Drastic Plastic of the campaign, the organizers have also said that you are going to get rid of their sites of single-use plastics for the year 2021.
Examples of single-use plastic items at the festivals include:
Plastic beverage bottles
Of plastic, trays of food
The association says that its focus is on the reuse of not only a single use” and to encourage this we will be selling water bottles of metal to encourage festival goers to use less disposable materials.
According to research firm Euromonitor, it is estimated that a million plastic bottles of drinks are bought around the world every minute. Less than 50% of these are collected for recycling.
Shambhala Festival co-founder, Chris Johnson, said: “There are loads that festivals can make the design of disposable plastics, such as the adoption of reusable cups, the prohibition of drink sales in plastic and encouraging festival attendees to bring refillable water bottles.”
Since 2004, Glastonbury has required of its food and beverage vendors for the use of wood and paper packaging, which is sent for composting along with food waste.
And Bristol-based festival Love Saves the Day proved a reusable cup system in 2015, which reduced the number of disposable cups used on the site by more than 150,000. To glitter or not to shine?
The festival-goers’ favorite accessory is often made of plastic.
As microbeads – the small plastic pieces are often found in products like face washes, which were banned in the uk in January – glitter is a microplastic.
The size makes microplastics a threat to the environment, especially the oceans.
Researchers from the Scottish Association of Marine Science sampled creatures outside of the Western Islands, and 48% were found with plastic in them, at depths of up to 6,561 feet (2,000 m).
Festival of fashion and fans can buy biodegradable glitter, if they do not want to compromise in your look.
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