Festivals of the future – can they ever be sustainable? Top tips for eco-friendly festival-goers!

Booming season Festival, Vietnam. Photo by Tony Pham on Unsplash

Festival season is in full swing in the UK and Europe, with over one million people attending live music events in London alone, in the first week of July. Glastonbury festival in Somerset, UK attracted a crowd of around 210,000 people. Tomorrowland, Belgium is set to double even that total in a few days time.

There are many ways of reducing your environmental footprint when attending these events, and you still get to still dance to great music in a big field with a drink in your hand. Here are our top four “do’s and don’ts” for more sustainable festival-ing.

Down To Earth: Slow Travel and the Benefits of Not Flying

A passenger train travelling through wild, mountainous landscape.

Travel can be one of life’s most enriching and inspiring experiences, for those of us privileged enough to have the opportunity. But how does it fit into modern life? In a society that sometimes values productivity over well-being, and indeed quantity over quality, it is easy to fall into the trap of treating holidays like a kind of work. For many, it starts with scouring the internet for the cheapest flights to the most exotic and must-see destinations. Then, once you get there, you feel pressured to see every sight, take perfect Instagram photos and tick off experiences like a to-do list. In this rush you might find yourself missing out on experiencing the true character of that place you visited, and feeling more exhausted than refreshed.

Enter, slow travel. This concept celebrates staying in one place longer and taking the time to fully appreciate its culture and unique “personality”. It’s all about getting off the beaten track and experiencing life through the eyes of a local. The end result is cultural enrichment, new connections, and ultimately a more meaningful getaway.

Hidden animal products – from Fashion to Fuel

Go Vegan graffiti on a wall covered with stickers

We all know a plant-based diet is good for the planet – in fact it’s one of the most impactful actions you can take as an individual (alongside greening your finances, and cutting out flying). BUT true veganism is more than just a diet. 

For some areas of our lives this is easy – maybe you even already buy vegan cleaning products, and cruelty-free cosmetics. However, did you know you might be using animal products without even knowing about it? Read on to find out more…

It turns out, animal products are used in everything from Aviation to Zinfandel! (Yep, sorry to be the one to break it to you, but that glass of wine you’re drinking probably isn’t vegan…)

Your role in leading the fight for sustainability

It is easy to feel hopeless or powerless when reading news about issues of global challenges like climate change and social injustice. Or to feel that our individual roles and capabilities in tackling these crises are unimportant.  However, we all have the power to make change happen.  In fact, it has been argued that a small minority of citizens, 3.5%, “have the…

Ecotourism in Nigeria: Driving Economic, Social, and Environmental Benefits

This is an image of a cultural heritage in the Federal Capital Territory Of Nigeria

Ecotourism is a type of sustainable tourism that aims to promote the conservation and protection of the environment while providing opportunities for tourists to appreciate the natural and cultural heritage of a destination. Nigeria, with its diverse cultures and rich natural resources, has great potential for ecotourism development. This article discusses how ecotourism can help preserve Nigeria’s cultural heritage while promoting sustainable…

Green Tourism Coming in Hot

Couple pointing to a map on a table

Tourism is an important industry with demonstrated impacts – from the economic benefits brought to destination communities to the enjoyment of the tourists themselves. However, tourists bring with them an environmental cost to both the places they visit, and the planet overall. We’ve explored that cost previously as well as discussed how the consumer can change to be more climate conscious. This…