The essential packing list for doing festivals sustainably (glitter included)

As epic as festivals are, they produce masses of waste and plastic pollution. The good news? You, young party-goer, can be part of the solution. Here's what to pack for a festival to keep it eco-friendly...

reusable straws

While we all know that straws contribute hugely to the plastic crisis, grabbing one or saying no to a bartender sticking one in your cocktail isn’t the easiest habit to un-learn. The solution? Reusable straws. With paper straws, metal straws, and even foldable straws available, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Check out these funky multicoloured steel straws from Etsy.

Biodegradable glitter

Yes it exists and yes, it’s just as awesome. I mean, what is a festival without glitter? The best part is that with biodegradable glitter, you can cover yourself in it, even transform into an ethereal glitterbug shining so bright you can be seen from space, and it still won’t be harmful to the environment. Can I get a “Yaaaass” in here?

Once again, Etsy coming through with the goods.



You can pack as many oatcakes as you like, but who can resist the array of food truck stalls that line every festival? Sadly, though, all the single-use plastic plates and cutlery can pile up to mind-blowing amounts of plastic waste. Pack a few small (ish) Tupperware boxes, and hand them over to the vendor to dish whatever street food delight you’re going for, into. The earth thanks you!

Chances are you’ve already got some Tupperware knocking about in your cupboards, but if you don’t, opt for the colourful Sistema boxes from Amazon.

Reusable water bottle

If you don’t already have a reusable water bottle, there is no better time to get one than before a festival. You’ll be a) doing the environment a huge favour, and b) you’ll avoid the dreaded queue for the water vending machine after belting out your favourite song at the mainstage and losing your voice. This water bottle from Trouva can be converted into a jug and cup for added festival flair.



Biodegradable wet wipes

Wet wipes are the ultimate multipurpose festival essential, serving pretty much all your needs – from removing your glittery makeup, to freshening up between sets, to, let’s face it, giving yourself a head to toe wipe down when you’re too tired to queue for the showers. To avoid these ending up in our oceans, opt for biodegradable options that will break down naturally after disposal. Check out this 12-pack from M&Y.

Recyclable tent

Some of us festival goers aren’t exactly the ‘camping’ type, so it’s all too tempting to throw your tent away/leave it at the festival, rather than bring it back with you – especially when the tent is cheap and you literally bought it 2 days before the festival itself. The solution? Buy a compostable or recyclable tent, perfect for one-time use. Although it’s not great to leave your tent behind, the upshot it it won’t spend years and years breaking down in landfill. Intrigued? Check out these cardboard tents from Kar-Tent.