For Chapter 11 we’re introducing a dedicated Eco Campsite, in collaboration with Environmental Recovery Solutions. This will be located in the Downtown Bowl (previously DSTRKT 5 camping) as this was identified as the area with the most tents and campsite waste left behind in 2018, so, therefore, the ones that will need the biggest help to transform it into a zero waste space!
By camping in the Eco Camp you’ll benefit from one of the most central campsite locations, a NiftyBin system to sort waste at the source, campsite helpers who’ll assist everyone living there to maintain the clean camp ethos, free workshops to inspire a zero-waste lifestyle after the festival and a beautifully CLEAN space to call home for 5 days.
Plus the best part is that it’s totally free!! All you have to do is turn up and verbally agree to the Eco Camp ethos and you can be a part of making a change for a better future of festivals as well as helping us safeguard the South Downs!
Why are we doing this?
- The world is facing a real climate emergency and we must all change our habits and behaviours to actually make the real and urgent difference that is required.
- Single-use plastic tents are the equivalent of 8750 plastic straws and 250 plastic cups!
- Tents can’t be recycled as they are made out of lots of different materials and guide ropes, pegs etc could break recycling machinery so facilities don’t accept it.
- We really want to support those in attendance to understand what happens when you leave your belongings behind and help raise awareness on how we can all do out bit to reduce our impact on the planet.
- We have salvage teams on site, but only 2% of tents left were able to be donated to charity. It is not a good deed to leave a tent behind.
- Not only are we super lucky to be able to make The South Downs National Park home for 66,000 of us every August, one of the only festivals in the country to be held in a national park, but the site is incredible for wildlife and ecology that it is a designated SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) as well as and rare and endangered species such as the Adonis blue butterfly, water voles and the iconic barn owl. We must look after the site to ensure these species will survive and flourish for future generations to come, and that the festival doesn’t have a detrimental impact.