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US NewsSingle-use 'festival tents' should be banned, campaigners say

13:50  08 may  2019
13:50  08 may  2019 Source:   news.sky.com

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Single-use 'festival tents' should be banned, campaigners say © Other Tents should not be abandoned at festivals, organisers have said Disposable "festival tents" should be banned to help prevent almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste each year, festival organisers have said.

A group of more than 60 independent festivals across the UK have urged retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop marketing and selling tents as single-use items.

Festival-goers are also being urged to take their tents home with them at the end of the event.

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{{total}} comments. {{/moreThanTen}}. Single - use tents should be banned to help prevent plastic pollution, festival organisers have said . The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) – an organisation that represents and empowers independent UK festivals like Shambala, Boomtown and

Marketing tents as single - use should be stopped, festival organisers say , as efforts to cut down on plastic at events continues. Festival -goers are also being urged to take their tents home with them at the end of the event. An estimated 250,000 tents are left at music festivals across the UK each year.

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An estimated 250,000 tents are left at music festivals across the UK each year. Many are not collected by charities and can't be recycled so instead end up in landfill sites.

The average tent is made largely of plastic and weighs 3.5kg - the equivalent of 8,750 straws. A four-man tent can be picked up on the high street for as little as £30.

The initiatives to stop the tents ending up in the tip come from the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), who include festivals Shambala, Boomtown Fair and Boardmasters.

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A lot of the waste comes from single use tents – cheap tents that people pick up either before they arrive or at the site and then leave them there rather than carrying them Co-Founder and Director of Shambala festival Chris Johnson said : ‘ We ’ re finally waking up to the climate crisis en masse.

The Warehouse said in a statement that their tents are good quality and designed for multiple use and certainly are not designed to be used once and left behind. It hopes the festival organisers can somehow recycle the tents so they are able to be used again. Ms Reynolds says if the wind had

AIF’s 10-year report, published last year, found 10% of people attending events linked to their organisation had abandoned a tent during that year’s festival season. This works out as an estimated 875 tonnes of plastic waste - the equivalent of eight blue whales.

In 2018, the first year of a pledge to cut down on plastic, festivals reported some significant changes: 93% of signatories ditched plastic straws, 40% banned the sale of drinks in single-use plastic on-site, 40% replaced single-use bar cups with reusable cups, 67% sold branded reusable drinks bottles, and 87% promoted the use of reusable bottles.

AIF CEO Paul Reed said: “We call upon major retailers to stop marketing and selling tents and other camping items as essentially single-use, and profiting from disposable culture."

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He added: "The message here is not ‘buy a more expensive tent’… festival audiences can take positive action and reduce their carbon footprint simply by taking their tent home and reusing it, ensuring that it doesn’t become a single-use item this summer."

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