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The Environmental Impact of Music Festivals | AD

environmental impact of music festivals

This is a sponsored post on the environmental impact of music festivals in association with WF Denny.

Are you a festival goer?  I used to be a prolific festival goer in my teens and early twenties.  However, now, mid-thirties, with two kids in tow, sadly not so much.  That being said, we did think that maybe this should be the year that we dust off our tent and go to a festival, kids and all.  Green Man Festival has a fantastic lineup, but sadly we pondered too long and it’s all sold out now!

The Environmental Impact of Music Festivals

Something I have never really thought about is the environmental impact of music festivals.  However, the people at W.F. Denny sent me this infographic, which was pretty thought-provoking:

environmental impact of music festivals and packaging waste

Isn’t it just wild?  I mean 57 tonnes of reusable items, such as tents and sleeping bags just dumped at Glastonbury alone.  Staggering.

For Further Reading

Here are some interesting reads on the environmental impacts of music festivals if you want to find out more:

The Music Industry’s Battle Against Plastic Junk from the Rolling Stone.

A video showing the scale of the extent of the problem from the NME.  What was reassuring is that the NME report that representatives from around 80 charities have been on site.  Most of these have been collecting abandoned tents to take for refugees living in hellish conditions in encampments in Calais, France.  Of course, it would be a much easier job if people pack the tents down before leaving, and hand them in themselves to official donation centres.

Tens of Thousands of Tents Are Discarded At Festivals – And I Know Why from The Guardian.  In short, modern tents are compact, lightweight, and easy to erect, yet they are almost impossible to fold up and squeeze back into their bags.

The Love Your Tent campaign.  This is a worldwide campaign to reduce festival campsite waste and divert tonnes from landfill.

What Happens To All The Tents Left Behind at Glastonbury? – Somerset Live

Definitely food for thought this festival season.

PS: if you’re off to a music festival, make sure you check out my guide to ethical wellies.  Wellies are a festival essential if ever there was one!


Making it Last with Made To Last | AD

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I wasn’t aware of Made To Last until recently. However, I’m head over heels with their range of UK-made products, and more importantly, their business model.  If you’re not familiar with them then let me have the pleasure of introducing them to you.

What Do Made to Last Sell?

In the Made To Last online store, you’ll find an array of British-made classics. From home furnishings to electricals. From kitchen goods to men, ladies, and children’s clothing and accessories.  It feels like a proper department store, but with a key difference.  The clue is in the name, which is reiterated in their strapline: “long-lasting British products for everyday life, straight from the maker”. And that’s exactly what they offer – long-lasting goods.

You see, being frustrated by the many problems of our current throwaway consumer culture, the founders set out to shake things up in the retail world for the better.

Made To Last really wanted to challenge the concept of planned obsolescence. This is where products are designed to break after a certain amount of usage/time.  After hard work sourcing long-lasting and future-proof products made in the UK, they clearly (and proudly) display each product’s guarantee.  Some products are guaranteed to last a minimum of 25 years. Meanwhile, other products have a lifetime guarantee. Whilst others have shorter guarantees so you know exactly what you’re getting.

Are Their Products Expensive?

While you might spend more, to begin with on an item at Made to Last, you’ll save over the years as your item lasts and lasts and lasts. This is compared to inferior products that might need replacing on a more frequent basis.  This really helps establish the idea of value for money based on lifespan, rather than sourcing an item at the cheapest possible price without any consideration of the item’s durability.

I also love the fact that all the products they sell are truly classics.  You won’t find any faddy items. Nor will you find anything that’s completely of the moment, and will fall out of favour in 6 months or even 5 years from now.

They also challenged the high number of products out there that lack utility value, so you won’t find any novelty gifts or useless knick-knacks – only items that you will heavily use on a daily basis.

Made In Britain

Made to Last also doesn’t agree with the current movement of materials and products around the globe.  As such, all products for sale on Made to Last are manufactured and sold in Britain. This helps support local industries and craftspeople.  It also has the added benefit of keeping costs as low as possible for customers, as it means additional costs to cover international transport and taxes aren’t fed into products.

If you want to know more then this blog post is a good place to start. And I’m sure you’ll also enjoy browsing their online shop.  I’ve picked out a few of my favourite homeware items for you as I’m all about homeware right now. However, they do also have a great range of clothing, shoes, and accessories for men, women, and children that is worth checking out.

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