With Glastonbury next weekend we can say that festival season is well and truly underway and while we love the camping, the music and everything else that comes with a weekend in the sun (and sometimes rain!) one thing we don't like to see is the mess that is left behind.
This is why we've put together the ultimate packing list for an ethical festival with the aim to #leavenotrace and still be good to the planet while having plenty of fun!
Fill your Neema Craft waterproof washbag with these ethical goodies! Colourful makeup from Barry M that isn't tested on animals, Plastic Free natural deodrant in Tropical from Earth Conscious, organic cotton tampons, pads and biodegradable make up remover wipes from Natracare. From Lush pick up some dry shampoo, solid shampoo and conditioner and a wash sheet that you can just tear off a piece to take to the showers with you!
Its important to stay hydrated so take a Chillys hot or cold bottle with you, perfect for water AND coffee and keep it close by with the cute hand crocheted bottle carrier from Etsy Seller Crocheted by Paris.
Other essentials include this Fair trade Kikoy towel from Bushbells, a biodegradable bamboo spork from Boobalou, Who Gives a Crap paper towels, this Neema Crafts blanket, A solar charger and powerbank in case the charging points have massive queues from Ethical Superstore and a Shewee in cases theres a line for the portaloos and you really, really, really need to go!
When it comes to dressing for a festival it's best to be prepared for any eventuality! That's why we've packed this awesome Lost Shapes unisex jumper for chilly evenings, this waterproof poncho from Thought but also these super cool recycled denim sunglasses from Mosevic!
Make a statement in this People Tree equality tee, paired with vintage denim Levi 501 shorts from Asos Marketplace vendor YourTotesVintage and handmade in Europe from natural rubber Gumleaf Wellies. These Thought Bamboo Socks will keep your foot cool and welly rub free as well as having natural anti bacterial properties.
The most versatile piece of your festival wardrobe by far will be this Where does it come from? Scarf which can be worn not just as a scarf but also a headband, headscarf, belt top or skirt, just get creative!
This beautiful tropical print rayon dress from Komodo is a sure fire winner in our books, light and airy in the most gorgeous pattern and this cute pineapple bumbag from Ethical.Market can hold your phone & solar charger, some tissues, your spork and money! All the better to keep your hands free for dancing.
And what better way to carry it all there with you than in our Budapest Backpack, upcycled from military canvas, vegan, hardwearing and water resistant!
We know how hard it is to keep on top of eating healthy, nutritious meals so why not invest in some Huel? With every thing you need to keep healthy and keep partying all night long in one drink!
When it comes to accomodation, unless you are Glamping it up in something like these Podpads above then you're going to need to bring a tent. You might already own one or be able to borrow someone elses but if not there are a few options out there.
1. Invest £200+ for a beautiful canvas bell tent ( definitely not a feasible option unless you have a lot of money to invest in a tent and are going to be using it enough times to justify the expense!)
2. Buy second hand from Gumtree or online retailers like Outdoors4you or Recycle Outdoor Gear.
3. Buy a tent that can be left behind because it is 100% compostable! Just pull it down and give it in to a recycling point where it will be composted for you, head to http://comp-a-tent.com/ for a mattress you could take your yoga mat, a second hand mat or airbed or this self inflating one from Mountain Equipment which at 10/20 is the highest scoring outdoor gear supplier rated on Ethical Consumer.
Recycling points like this one at Reading Festival are handy places to go for recycling tips and free recycling bags so that the festival site doesn't end up looking like this......!
SO MANY BROKEN CHAIRS!!
If you're getting a coach or train don't forget your tickets, bikes and lift shares from sites like Go Car Share are all also more ethical transport alternatives than driving!
Last but not least don't forget to pack your festival tickets and your good vibes! Peace and Love, Daisy <3