We are deep in the trenches of festival season and everyone on my feed is armored with fanny packs, lace bralettes and glitter. Lots of glitter.
But that glitter you love so much? It contains microplastics that end up polluting our water. And it is not just that. The World Economic Forum says that by 2050, there will be more pounds of plastic in the ocean than fish. Festivals are a major contributor to this plastic problem, as thousands of people gathered in one outdoor stomping ground inevitably lead to a lot of waste. Thankfully, Live Nation, an entertainment giant, has promised to eliminate the sale of single-use plastics from their events and venues by 2021. In the United Kingdom, over 60 indie festivals have also vowed to eliminate single-use plastic by 2021 as part of the Association of Independent Festivals’ Drastic On Plastic campaign.
But as consumers, what more can we do to help? We can use our purchasing dollars to force brands to change their ways. A brand is sustainable when it takes the long-term impact their products leave behind on the environment into account. When shopping, we should take into account whether or not a brand sources clean ingredients, uses recyclable packaging, and treats those in their supply chain fairly.
While that sounds difficult to navigate, we have so many options to choose from so you can practice sustainability, even in the midst of a mosh pit. Keep scrolling for an updated shopping list that seamlessly swaps your harmful festival must-haves for their eco-friendly counterparts.