Plastic free outdoor and camping tips

With Spring finally here, all our heads turn to summer plans and getting out in the great outdoors! Heres our tips if you’re thinking of going camping this year and how a few simple steps can ensure you have a great time and are environmentally conscious! This year at Glastonbury, one of the the U.K.’s biggest festival events with an estimated annual attendance of around 200,000 over the five days are banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and hope to eliminate them entirely from their backstage and performer areas.

Replace cheap polyester plastic tents, gazebos or windbreaks and replace with durable bell tents, teepees and yurts made from natural unbleached or naturally-dyed canvas or cotton materials. Although more costly, they tend to last longer and the costs out weigh the conservation benefits!

Cut all plastic bags, banners and signs out of your experience and switch to cotton, wood, slate, metal and PVC-free or eco-foam board alternatives. We all love to customise but think of the planet over how you look to other campers!

Reuse tefon-coated plastic pots and pans and switch to non-coated pots and pans and wood or metal utensils for cooking. Wooden bamboo straws for drinking our evening drinks is another great way to do this too!

Reduce and reuse plastic foodware - we all need to use plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, dishes and containers on site but why not and replace with reusable glass, steel or ceramics.

Reduce and reuse plastic shoes and flip-flops and consider replacing with leather, canvas or natural rubber alternatives, they both last longer and are much more durable!

Reduce cheap plastic festival goods, badges or wristbands and choose natural or locally made items, especially if your heading to Glastonbury as this year its a big focus for them!

Avoid single use plastic water bottles and use reusable water bottles and cups. Bring your own or buy a 100% stainless steel alternative. Each year in the UK we drink 3bn litres of bottled water and 10bn bottles go to land ll. Marketing obscures the fact that absurdly bottled water is at least 500 times the cost of tap water, and isn’t necessarily any healthier - lets get our planet and countryside healthy! Reflll your water bottle at tap points, water kiosks and fountains on site.

Reduce facial wipes and ear buds and use organic cotton wool or reuse a strong organic cotton facecloth. We all need to keep fresh and clean but there’s many great products out there to help!

Avoid polystyrene takeaway cups and food containers and usereusable or compostable alternatives made from sustainably sourced paper, card or wood.

Most of all - have fun out there, we live in a beautiful country so by all doing our bit we can keep it that way!

Glastonbury 2019 Leading the way in the Plastic-Free Festival Revolution

This year Glastonbury 2019, one of the the U.K.’s biggest festival events with an estimated annual attendance of around 200,000 over the five days are banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and hope to eliminate them entirely from their backstage and performer areas. Inside, companies will instead be allowed to sell canned drinks and water and although attendees will not be stopped from bringing their own plastic bottles, officials are strongly encouraging them to bring a reusable bottle instead.

In 2017, visitors to the festival got through 1.3 million plastic bottles. Greenpeace estimates that globally, 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year. With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury in 2017, the festival's organisers said they felt stopping their sale was vital. Music to our ears at PFP.co.uk in more ways than one!

Emily Eavis, daughter of the founder Michael Eavis and co-organiser of the festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, said: “It’s paramount for our planet that we all reduce our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, together, we’ll be able to prevent over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used at this year’s Festival.

“I really hope that everyone – from ticket-holder to headliner – will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference. It’s now or never.”