Latest update from Shambala Festival
This Earth Day, we’re standing with more than 60 independent festival across the UK in our commitment to being disposable plastic free. All participating festivals have pledged to to ban the use of plastic straws on site, and to eliminate all single use plastics on site by 2021, which is a amazing step forward for the industry.
We eliminated single use drinks bottles, pint cups and straws back in 2013, but we are now determined to tackle the last few, pesky little bits of plastic at the festival – and we need your help.
✨ LISTEN UP, GLITTER JUNKIES – WE NEED TO TALK ✨
We’ve avoided this as long as we could whilst tackling the ‘bigger’ issues, but we have to accept that microplastics on our land or in our waterways or is not OK. In 2018, plastic glitter is banned at Shambala, with on-site traders using Bio-Glitter® only – but we need you to work with us, on what you bring to site. If you can not face a festival without your sparkles, stock up Bio-glitter® from a reputable source – we recommend EcoStardust, ecoglitterfun or Glitterlution Biodegradable Glitter.
💪 THE PLASTIC CHALLENGE 2018 💪
One of the last frontiers in our quest to become entirely plastic free, is working with you lot, to reduce the amount of plastic brought on to site…
1. Bring your own water bottle/drinks in metal bottles and wherever possible buy cans or be clever about what you bring to avoid plastic.
2. Plastic free periods! Due to be on your period at Shambala? There’s a brilliant factsheet on plastic-free menstrual products available here (http://bit.ly/shambalaperiods) or pop into the Red Sea Travel Agencyon site for more details on making the switch.
3. Food and drink packaging – Avoid bringing ‘convenience’ food or drink that comes with unnecessary plastic packaging – those ‘snap pots’ of baked beans are a great example of packaging gone mad – embrace the humble tin.
4. Smokers – switch to biodegradable filter tips, for your roll ups. These are easily found online.
5. Bring your own reusable cup or mug – plastic, bamboo or metal (no ceramic or glass for safety reasons please!) or, if you haven’t already, buy a beautiful Shambala Bamboo Ecoffee cup or steel water bottle in advance to pick up on arrival (or onsite from any cafe serving hot drinks while stocks last). You can pre-order yours now, under ‘Ancillary Items’ on our ticket page.
Our friends and partners at RAW Foundation have put together a Plastic Free Guide for festival goers, packed with clever ways to help you reduce the amount of plastic you bring to site and in every day life – download it for free, here: http://bit.ly/plasticfreefestivals
And finally, this year, we’re also attempting to build the festival without traditional cable ties – gulp! – wish us luck!