By Isabell Retamoza, Gaia Intern
As a person who has gone to fair share of music festivals, it has always bothered me that the festival grounds get trash, how much waste festivals accumulate, and how much money is spent at the festivals. So with the summer festival season coming up, here are some helpful tips for all the possible festival goers this summer to stay green, save money, and still have a great time.
1. Refillable water bottle.
If you don’t bring a refillable water bottle, you’ll have to buy plastic water bottles that are terrible for the environment and cost way more. Not only are refillable water bottles affordable, but they will remind you to stay hydrated throughout the day.
2. Thrift your festival get up.
A lot of music festivals now have become very fashion focused, so instead of getting the festival apparel from the stores that everyone else will be shopping at, make your own outfit for a lot cheaper at a thrift or second hand store! This will also keep from using new resources for new clothes.
3. Pick up trash and festival debris as you’re running around.
In between all the running, dancing and eating, pick up trash and debris. It will be a good reminder to always be environmentally conscious, and other people will see you pick up trash and they will follow by example.
Carpool with your friends. Not only is it fun but it will save you money and gas!
5. Only bring the essentials.
Whatever you bring to the festival that’s not essential, you’re probably going to lose which will then be thrown away creating waste. Also, whatever you bring that’s non-essential will just weigh you down.
6. Pack your own food.
Festival food is very expensive and not very good, so go to a local grocery store or a farmer’s market to make some food for your day. Saving you money with great food!
7. Don’t stay in a hotel.
If it’s a weekend festival don’t stay in a hotel, hotels are wasteful and expensive. Plus it’s more fun to stay with a friend, a hostel, or an Air B n’ B.
8. Wear durable shoes.
Wearing sandals, or flip flops to a festival is essentially throwing them away. With the amount of walking, standing, and dancing you will be doing, your flimsy sandals won’t last, and neither will your back. There have also been instances where people in open toed shoes lose toenails. So save your feet, and your money by investing in some durable, closed toed shoes.
9. Forget the free stuff.
At festivals there are always people standing around handing out free stuff to advertise whatever they’re doing. Unless you’re going to use it, don’t take it because you’re just going to lose it or end up throwing it away, both contributing to waste.
10. Leave nothing behind.
Whatever you leave behind at a festival will be thrown away. So only leave footprints, and only take pictures!