Ethical Checklist: Festivals

To celebrate the start of the festival season in the UK, we have put together a handy guide to help you pick the most ethical festival essentials. 

Tents

Before you rush out for the cheapest disposable option, think about whether the companies you’re buying from care as much about the environment as you do.  Just don’t forget where you pitched you’re tent and you’ll be able to use it again next year. 

Tent

Mountain Equipment and Sprayway top our product guide table for tents.

Sleeping Bags

To keep you cosy while you watch the rain pour down outside your tent, we recommend Mountain Equipment sleeping bags. 

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Mountain Equipment use down (feathers) a natural stuffing. They use Down Codex approved and audited supply chains which means that the down does not come from live-plucked or force-fed birds. 

Rucksacks

Lug your stuff around in a rucksack that isn’t using the environmentally toxic material PVC. 

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We recommend Patagonia and Fjallraven who make some rucksacks out of recycled polyester which uses over a third less energy and produces roughly half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions during their manufacture. 

Sunscreen 

If the heatwave continues in the UK, make sure you are covered with an ethical sunscreen

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If you’re after 100% natural mineral sunscreen, we take our ‘sun’ hat off to Odylique. This brand is both Fairtrade and Organic and works well if you have sensitive skin.

For chemical sunscreen we pick Lush’s solid wash-in sunscreen. This solid block is organic and fair trade and ensures no useless packaging.

Baked Beans

Tinned goods are a festival favourite. Ditch the unethical Heinz, for an organic brand. 

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We recommend Geo Organics or Mr Organic, both companies get our best rating in our environment and workers’ rights categories. See our product guide for more information. 

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