Eco-Friendly Gifts Blog: Reducing Plastic Waste at Festivals With Our Festival Survival Kits
Every festival goer knows how important it is to stay well fed and quenched. Luckily, our Festival Survival Kits provide everything you need to easily stay hydrated, and full as well.
Moods can take a very quick swing towards hanger when we don't give our bodies the food it need. This is especially true when so much energy is being spent festivalling hard.
We recognise the need for festival supplies that accomodate the need for being well fed and refreshed, which is why much of our Festival Kits are dedicated to those causes. Let's have a look at what they have to offer.
Plastic at Festivals: Eco-Friendly Festival Kits
The tide is turning in the right direction, with festivals like Glastonbury leading the way in reducing plastic waste at festivals. Glasto have been at the top of the sustainability game for many years, so they prove that being environmentally friendly does not get in the way of throwing a massive event.
Our Festival Survival Kits are designed around reducing plastic waste at festivals, from a ticket holder's point of view. Inside the kit are many items that are plastic free alternatives to festival essentials, such as dry shampoo, water bottles and biodegradable tent pegs.
This blog specifically is going to focus on the compostable items in the kits, which can be fully composted for free using LFHP Zero. The compostable items include compostable cups, cutlery, plates and ponchos, and are all plastic free.
You can find our Festival Kits here, if you would like to have a look for yourself.
Let's start with the compostable cups.
A great size for beer pong, you can spend hours (or days if you really wanted to) playing drinking games with them. For legal reasons, we strongly advise not playing beer pong with your biodegradable cups for days at a time, or any cups for that matter. In 2018, a massive 99.75% of all disposable cups were not recycled, so ended up in landfill, our natural environment or were incinerated.
Coming in packs of tens or twenties, you will never have the problem of having too many cups which you then have to get rid of unused.
Finally, they are far stronger than paper based cups, so if you're concerned they will get soggy and leak everywhere, they've got you covered. Let's move on to our compostable plates.
The time has come - your body is crying out for something to fill your belly. Maybe something hot, spicy or sweet. You're not sure, but all you really know is that you want food.
And if you don't get it in the next ten minutes, the hanger will kick in.
The quick, salty comebacks to any jokes at your expense will replace the laughter that used to be there. Everything is so much more effort, and you can't fully enjoy the music because all you want is simply a bite to eat.
You get back to your tent, and are chuffed with yourself that you packed substantial meal supplies. But you need something to eat your delicious sandwich on! Then you remember that you have a magic flat surface to eat off: a plate.
What a wondrous item. Even more wondrous is that your plate (you must have triggered that we are talking about our biodegradable and compostable plates) is made from plants, and is completely plastic free. A huge 85 percent of the world's plastic produced every year is not recycled, one of the many reasons why we love bioplastic, and our free post back scheme.
Our plates are strong, and not flimsy like paper plates. They can deal with hot food too; we have tested them with roast dinners - famously the ultimate test drive for a plate. Finally, they can handle a drops of rain landing on them while you're eating by the campfire (it's not raining hard enough to put out the campfire, but good spot). They won't be turning into a minging mushy mess of a plate like paper plates can so easily do. now you need some tools to eat any hot food with. Let's talk about our compostable cutlery.
The problem with single use cutlery is that it needs to be strong and tough enough to cut into some chunky foods. What's the point of a knife if it's can't cut through a potato? (That ancient greek proverb). Typically, this is why plastic is such a popular option. Plastic cutlery has qualities that makes it preferable to other materials. Our contender: bioplastic cutlery. Fully biodegradable and compostable, our compostable cutlery can easily stand up to the challenge of touch and chunky foods. Our test was again performed on a roast dinner, if you had any doubt.
If you love food, and you love it cooked, you will be excited to hear about our eco friendly disposable grills. Many regular disposable grills are made from non sustainable materials, including plastic.
Our grills are made from natural, renewable materials including charcoal, lava stone, bamboo and cardboard. With a ready-to-grill time of just give minutes, you will be well on your way to getting rid of your hanger in no time.
Creating a hugh, even temperature across the surface of the grill, your food will be properly cooked. Using up to 50% less charcoal than standard grills, far less CO2 emissions will be produced as a result of using the grill.
As well as all of these qualities, Casus grill won the legendary 'feel good' category at the Danish design awards 2017 (we know you are stunned right now).
A large percentage of fracking is used to manufacture plastic. Fracking causes huge damage to the environment it impacts on, resulting in sinkholes and earthquakes.
Creating PET resin results in huge amounts of toxic emissions being released. These emissions are including but not limited to nickel, benzene and ethylbenzene. Compared to glass, PET produces up to 100 times the amount of these emissions in order to create it.
Plastic is made from crude oil. Oil is a finite resource, and will eventually run out - some predict by 2060. Continuing to rely on a material that is becoming more sparse, and unstable in terms of price, is a terrible idea. We need to make the transfer to renewable, sustainable materials that are reliable, and kind to the environment.
Plastic pollution is a huge problem, and so much plastic in our natural environment is single use. An estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are wasted every year in the US alone. Plastic cutlery is unlikely to be recycled due to its content and size, so plastic utensils will join huge amounts of plastic in going to landfill.
It's not good enough to just develop and sell biodegradable goods if they are going to end up in conditions where they won't biodegrade quickly, and potentially still cause harm to wildlife before they break down. We need to ensure they are disposed of properly, where they won't pose a threat to any animals in the natural environment.
Festival Kits: Bioplastic Items
Our compostable items are all made from bioplastic. Bioplastics are similar to conventional plastics, but they have a couple of key differences which makes them kinder to the environment when disposed of properly.
Bioplastics are produced from biomass, they can biodegrade, or both. PLA, polylactic acid, is used to make most of our compostable items with. PLA is a bioplastic produced from cornstarch, and is fully biodegradable as well as compostable.
PLA is industrially compostable, which means it needs industrial composting conditions to break it down, which aren't found in home composting settings. That's why we developed LFHP Zero, which can be used to compost your used compostable waste from the festival kits, at no extra cost at all.
Because PLA is produced from biomass, it has a much smaller carbon footprint compared to fossil based plastics such as PET. This is because the cornstarch used to make the PLA actively takes in CO2 from the atmosphere, and stores the carbon in its leaves, roots and the surrounding soil.
In conclusion, this blog has given a detailed rundown of our Festival Survival Kits, the motivations behind making them, and the data to back those reasons up.
Festivals have the potential to go completely plastic free by using compostable materials, and keeping all waste from landfill by using industrial composting.
With all of the items in the Eco Festival Kits, you can easily make it through a festival without going hungry or thirsty.
AND you can do it being kind to the environment.
We believe that simple, cost effective solutions need to be put in place to fight plastic pollution. There are many reasons why plastic is disruptive to our natural environment and wildlife, but it is also useful in many ways, particularly in the medical world.
We appreciate the role it has played in forming the world as we know it, but it has caused so much damage on the way. We need to transfer to other materials that are far more sustainable if we want to maintain our natural environment, and life as we know it.
Gifts For Eco Warriors
Our festival survival kits make up part of our range of gifts for eco warriors.
Through using renewable materials and ensuring minimal waste goes to landfill, we are the perfect place to find gifts for eco warriors.
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