Were you even aware that tents are made from plastic…
Most people have no idea that this is the case and focus their attentions on cutting down on straws and plastic bottles. Whilst it’s certainly helpful did you know that ‘single use’ festival tents result in almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year!! In fact one 3.5kg tent is the equivalent of 8750 straws or 250 pint cups… When you put it like that it makes you realise the extent of the problem as, every summer in the UK, an estimated 250,000 tents are left on UK festival sites.
Many retailers sell cheap tents and festival packages which almost encourage people to leave their tent behind at the end of each festival, often thinking that a charity will come along and take their tent away. In reality very few of these tents are deemed useful to the charities and the majority are sent to landfill.
We are really proud to be a part of the Association of Independent Festivals who have started the initiative to encourage retailers to stop selling and marketing festival tents as single use items and to bring awareness of this problem to festival goers far and wide.
You may think, ‘Of Course The Canvas Co is going to back this campaign, it means more tent sales!’, but the ethos of The Canvas Co is all about being as respectful to the environment as possible. From our logistics to the toiletries provided for our guests, we take our environmental impact very seriously and even if you don’t book with us, we implore you to consider your impact on the earth when you visit a festival this year.