11 Top Tips for an Eco-friendlier Festival Experience

outdoor festival main stage scene

Festivals are a summer staple for making memories full of music, friends and fun.

But festival fun comes at a costly price for the planet. Bigger festivals like Glastonbury generate nearly 2000 tonnes of waste in a week, which is around 15kg of waste per festival-goer. And that’s on top of the carbon emissions produced across the weekend through diesel fuelled stages and lights, and travel to and from the site.

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Turning Green’s top actions to be a plastic pollution activist

The Top 4 Actions of a Plastic Pollution Activist:

Turning Green is a global student-led movement devoted to cultivating a healthy, just and thriving planet through education and advocacy around environmentally sustainable and socially responsible choices. We inform, inspire, and mobilize a global network of students to become visionary catalysts for sustainable change in their lives, school campuses, and local communities. One of the most important issues we focus on is plastic pollution. Trash is already finding its way to the most isolated and untouched corners of our world. Just recently 38 million pieces of plastic were found on one of the world’s most remote islands, Henderson Island, which is part of the South Pacific Pitcairn group. Plastic pollution is not only affecting wildlife, but the quality of life for people around the world. And this is why we have to act now! Here are some tips on how to do it:

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Turning the tide on plastic period waste

This #PlasticFreeJuly we’re asking people to think about the impact of period waste on the planet. Everyday the UK flushes:

  • 700,000 panty liners

  • 2.5 million tampons

  • 1.4 million sanitary towels

Tampons, pads and panty liners are loaded with hidden plastic which makes its way into rivers and oceans. This has a devastating impact on marine life and coastlines. It’s time to put a stop to it!

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*Closed* Competition: Win ‘How To Give Up Plastic’ Book and Natracare Goodies

How To Give Up Plastic

We are giving you the chance to win one of five copies of the new book ‘How to Give Up Plastic’ by Will McCallum, who is the Head of Oceans at Greenpeace. We will even add in some plastic free period products to get you started!!

‘How to Give Up Plastic’ provides valuable insights into the latest research and gives straight forward tips about how YOU can make a difference by making small changes in your day to day life. It is a call for people from every corner of the world to join together in the fight against plastic pollution.

Here’s how you can enter:

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Plastic-Free July by Natracare

plastic littered beach

Credit Photo by Rey Perezoso

As of 2015, more than 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste has been generated (National Geographic).

More than 40% of plastic is used only once, then it is tossed (National Geographic).

91% of plastic waste isn’t recycled. (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).

Since most plastic doesn’t biodegrade in any meaningful sense, all of the plastic waste we have produced and continue to produce will exist for hundreds or even thousands of years (Earth Day Network; National Geographic).

One million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans (Eco Watch).

In short, our plastic obsession is a horrendous problem. But what can we do? Living sustainability and plastic-free in today’s world can be overwhelming and daunting. It’s easy to fall down the rabbit hole of not ever doing enough, but what if we broke it down into achievable steps we can all start taking today to make a change? In the words of Hillel the Elder, “If not us, who? If not now, when?”

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Why you should never flush wipes, even if they’re biodegradable

Water UK recently announced that wet wipes account for a whopping 93% of the material blocking UK sewers! The vast majority of wipes on the supermarket shelves are made from polypropylene, a type of plastic. It’s fantastic to hear the government’s enthusiasm to do something about this.

Many people ask “can you flush biodegradable wipes?” The simple answer is – no. You shouldn’t flush any wipes at all! It’s good to avoid wipes made from plastic, but even non-plastic ones should either be binned or composted. Here’s how… Continue reading

Plastics Are Forever – Earth Day 2018

plastic pollution earth day 2018What is plastic?

Plastic is a man-made substance, which is produced by heating and processing finite crude oil and adding other chemicals to it. You’re using it right now – it’s part of your computer, phone, and tablet. There’s most likely microplastic in the chair you’re sat in and the clothes you’re wearing! What can we do this Earth Day to be part of the solution to a growing plastic pollution problem?

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Sustainable Fashion: What Are You Wearing?

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What’s the difference between ‘sustainable’ fashion and ‘ethical’ fashion? It’s easy to be confused as there is some overlap but it’s worth understanding how the two differ.

Sustainable fashion focusses on the materials you wear, the processes of manufacture and the environmental damage they cause. Ethical fashion looks at the rights and working conditions of those making the products.

So what materials and processes you should be watching out for to be truly sustainable with what you are wearing? Read on.

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Ethical Fashion: 6 essential questions to ask

ethical fashion 6 essential questions

For the ethical and eco-conscious shopper the fashion industry can seem like a megalith: unapproachable, aloof and too large for us to combat.

However your decisions, both big and small, make all the difference. So when it comes to buying yourself some new threads here are 6 simple and essential questions you should be asking yourself to move to a more ethical buying journey.

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