How Green Are Summer Music Festivals?
Do you have plans to head to one of the many summer music festivals happening in the country this year? Are you wondering just how “green” these festivals are and what they do in order to ensure as small a footprint as possible? You may be surprised to hear the many different measures these festivals take in order to be as green as possible, many of which most people probably don’t even notice.
Green Washroom Facilities – One of the Main Areas
One of the most noticeable areas where summer music festivals take a “green” approach is with their washroom facilities. It’s quite common for festivals to set up satellite portable toilets, which actually protect the environment, and people, in a number of ways. First off, by offering portable toilets with proper disposal you are keeping the waste from the surrounding areas. Without the option of a portable toilet, environmental contamination is a real hazard, not to mention a serious health risk.
Portable toilet stations also feature hand wash and even hand sanitation stations, which helps to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria through the event.
To top it off, these portable toilets uses much less water than your traditional toilet. Even a low-flow toilet uses more than portable toilets do.
Recycling Stations On-Site
It’s also becoming more and more common at these festivals to see recycling stations set up, rather than just standard garbage bins. This gives concert goers a chance to help the environment and recycle rather than throwing everything into the trash. These bins are placed in strategic locations around the grounds and there tends to be a large number of them so they can be easily found.
Some Materials May Be Banned
Depending on the event you attend, there may also be a ban on certain materials that cause a bigger impact on the environment. Plastic bags and containers may not be welcomed on the grounds, for example.
Public Transportation Options
Because you need to get to the festival by some means of transportation, event organizers are starting to come up with greener solutions. Rather than everyone arriving by car and burning all that fuel and sending those emissions into the environment, many offer shuttle bus services straight from public transportation stations. As an added bonus, this means you won’t have to worry about where you’ll park at the event.
Bring a Reusable Beverage Container
Another tip straight from the organizers is that concert-goers bring their own reusable drinking cup that they can refill throughout the event. This cuts back on the amount of plastic bottles and paper cups that are needed. You can also use an insulated thermos in order to keep your beverages colder or hotter for longer periods of time.
Music Festivals are Doing Their Part
As the push for more green initiatives continues, it looks like the music festivals are doing their part and looking for all kinds of ways that they can decrease their environmental footprint.