Go eco-friendly camping – come rain or shine!
Summer’s well under-way, the festival and holiday season is here and lots of us will be dusting off our tents and heading for a green adventure in the great outdoors.
However, despite getting back into nature and out in the fresh air, it seems that not all campers or festival-goers are actually as green as they could be. Did you know that it costs Glastonbury Festival around £780,000 per year to dispose of all the waste that’s left behind?
According to research carried out by green energy company Good Energy; over a quarter (26%) of those surveyed said that they would consider leaving behind a tent after going camping or at a festival.
The renewable electricity company also found that whilst not completely ‘green’, a sizeable 64% confessed that they would think about using the great outdoors for a call of nature, whilst 40% would also contemplate sharing a shower with a partner, friend or even a stranger to save on water.
Kate Turner, Good Energy’s Efficiency Adviser, said: “It’s surprising just how much rubbish people leave behind when camping or at a festival. Even some of the ‘greenest’ campers leave behind a bigger footprint than from their own walking boots or wellies.
“Whether you’re a camping professional or a bit of a novice, we’ve put together a simple list of handy eco-friendly camping tips that’ll help make your trip this year as green as the scenery around you.”
Jarvis Smith, founder of PEA awards, PQ, MyGreenPod.com and host of the Green Valley at Valley Fest, the new organic music festival, said: "During the summer months, my family and I love to spend time at festivals up and down the country. For me, festivals offer a perfect opportunity to inspire people to think about being greener and live more sustainably.
“My tip for anyone still planning on attending a festival or going camping this summer would be to reconnect with nature as much as you possibly can. Nothing beats being outside, sleeping on the ground and gazing up at the open skies.”
Good Energy’s top tips are:
Think about your journey
Before arriving at your chosen destination, one of the greenest steps you can take is to think carefully about your journey and how you are travelling there.
According to festival charity Energy Revolution, travel makes up around 70% of a festival’s carbon footprint so whilst driving might seem like the easy option, a much better alternative is to travel by public transport instead. Not only will you burn a lot less fuel and help protect the environment, it’ll also save you time and the hassle of traffic and parking too.
If driving is an absolute must, try to share transport with others to make the most out of any carload. If you need a lift or you’ve got some empty seats, check out GoCarShare.com which helps travellers share journeys all over the UK. Create a request, enter your details and off you go!
Buy eco-friendly or second hand
If you’re not an avid camper or regular festival goer, don’t feel like you have to buy lots of new camping equipment. A much greener option is to look for backpacks, tents and other essentials at second-hand stores and charity shops or see what you can find on useful recycling websites such as Freecycle, Freegle, PreLoved and Gumtree.
However, if you’re often found sleeping under the stars, companies like Green Outdoor are perfect places for buying sustainable camping equipment. From tents made from recycled plastic bottles to sleeping bags made out of environmentally friendly material, there are lots of green options available.
Put the gadgets down
Unplug and go greener by leaving all your electronic devices at home – particularly ones which use batteries or that need to charge in the car.
If it’s essential, try opting for small solar power chargers instead which are a great alternative for powering phones, Mp3 players and games consoles. Solar lanterns and solar jars are also a good substitute for gas or electric lamps. Torches, radios and phone chargers now also come in small lightweight wind-up versions, too.
Reuse dishes and cutlery
It might be tempting, when camping or at a festival, to use disposable plates, cups and cutlery at every mealtime. However, not only do disposables cost a lot more than taking reusable items, in the long run they’re also more harmful to the environment as well.
But if you don’t fancy taking your china or silverware on holiday, there are a variety of other greener products available. From lightweight titanium plates and reusable water bottles, to foldable tupperware and compact cutlery, these are on sale at most outdoor shops, take up virtually no space and can be reused time and time again.
Take your rubbish with you
On most occasions, festivals and campsites are located on privately owned areas of land. That’s why it’s always important to do what you can and remember to take all of your rubbish and recyclables with you when you leave.
By keeping a bin bag in your tent, not only can you keep the field tidy for the next round of visitors, it’ll also make getting rid much easier too. Simple yet effective.
Ditch the bottled water
It’s incredibly important to stay hydrated when out walking the country lanes or at a hectic festival but rather than bringing mountains of bottled water with you, why not buy an eco-friendly flask and refill it on site instead.
By using water from the taps provided, you can also help save water when showering and washing the dishes too. However always remember to use organic soaps and shampoo and to tip waste water onto dry ground to prevent contaminating any surrounding streams or rivers.
For more information about switching to 100% renewable electricity, for discounted tickets and to find out how you could be in with a chance of winning the ultimate glamping experience (worth up to £860), visit www.goodenergy.co.uk/valley-fest or call 0800 254 0000.
For more information, please contact: Jamie White, Communications Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01249 478344
Notes to Editors
Figures surrounding Glastonbury Festival can be found at:www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/information/green-glastonbury/our-green-policies/
For more information on sustainable festival charity Energy Revolution visit:www.energy-revolution.org.uk/
For more information on GoCarShare visit: www.gocarshare.com
About Good Energy www.goodenergy.co.uk
Good Energy is a fast-growing green energy company, generating and selling 100% renewable electricity to homes and businesses across the UK, all wrapped up in great customer service. Our mission is to support change in the energy market, tackle climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy has consistently been ranked top or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar, hydro and tidal.
About the Gorkana poll
The survey was conducted using an online poll administered to 200 UK adults on 11th August 2015.
Good Energy developed the questions to test assumptions and attitudes held by adults in Great Britain about their thoughts on being green when camping or at a festival
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