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How not to trash the planet at a music festival

By Isabelle Gerretsen

Updated 4:46 AM ET, Tue June 25, 2019
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Festivals are facing mounting pressure to clean up their act, lower emissions and cut down on waste. Here are some easy ways you can enjoy a festival this summer without trashing the planet.

Pictured: Litter collectors clearing the fields in front of the main Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival in the UK.
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Replace your plastic bottle with a reusable cup.

An estimated 23,500 tons of waste are produced annually at UK music festivals and almost 70% of this ends up in landfill, according to Powerful Thinking, an organization which aims to improve the industry's sustainability record.
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Organizers of UK festival Glastonbury have banned the sale of plastic bottles after selling over a million in 2018. Matt Cardy/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
An average plastic tent equates to 8,750 straws or 250 cups, according to the Association of Independent Festivals.

If you want to be environmentally friendly, don't bring a single-use plastic tent.
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And rent a cardboard tent instead.
Two Dutch entrepreneurs have created KarTent, a 100% recyclable and completely waterproof tent.
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After the festival season, KarTent recycles all the tents and turns them into boxes and bins, which are then resold to other event organizers. KarTent
Switch to biodegradable glitter. Normal glitter contains microplastics which pollute our oceans.

The makers of BioGlitter say their product is completely plastic free and decomposes in natural environments.
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