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At Ben & Jerry’s, we know the future of the planet depends on us all playing our part in keeping it clean. That’s why we’re encouraging all festival-goers this year to use environmentally friendly camping sites, wherever and whenever possible.
One pioneer of the environmentally friendly campsite has been Body & Soul. As part of their overall sustainability strategy, Body & Soul offers the Us&You campsite, a unique camping experience dedicated to those with a greener conscience. Camping in Us&You gives festival-goers the opportunity to shine as responsible festival citizens and engage in a no waste policy. When festival-goers camp in Us&You they sign up to a code of practice to commit to:
Cleaning their space
Taking ALL of their camping items home
Engaging in on site recycling by using the recycling bags and bins provided
Respecting the land they are camping on and those around them
Leaving the land as they found it when they arrived
Last year, Electric Picnic organisers promised the event would be the greenest concert event ever staged in Ireland. They aimed to achieve this through a partnership between festival organisers, Friends of the Earth, traders and the festival-goers themselves. Friends of the Earth dispatched Green Messengers to help Picnickers maintain the beautiful green fields of Stradbally Hall, and there was a cup deposit system which saw 20 cent paid out for each cup returned. You could even earn your ticket for this year by collecting 1100 cups. Like Body & Soul, Electric Picnic offered an ‘Ecocampsite’ a place for clean, tranquil camping. The popularity of the eco-friendly campsite was so popular that it doubled in size for 2015, and it’s certain to grow again this year after it was completely booked out last year just 35 minutes after going live.
Castlepalooza, finalist in the Green Awards 2016, has been working on implementing green initiatives to help audiences learn, participate and to enjoy the festival in an eco-friendly way, for the past ten years. Like Electric Picnic, its goal is to become Ireland’s most environmentally friendly festival. The majority of the food and drink at the festival is locally produced. All of the food concessions use biodegradable containers and it is strictly enforced that all their ware must be compostable PLA. Castlepalooza encourages carpooling through a partnership with Lift Share, and its green partner Oxigen recycle all the waste that is brought off the site.
An interest in ethical living is on the rise and Ireland’s music festivals are responding in kind. You can do your part by choosing to camp in eco-friendly campsites whenever possible.
If you’re too late to secure a spot, follow an eco-friendly approach in the regular campsite by keeping the area around your tent clean, recycling your waste and taking all your belongings away with you when you leave.
Keep it clean; keep it green!
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