Out with plastics, and in with alternatives!

Out with plastics, and in with alternatives!

With growing awareness regarding environmental issues, it's hard to ignore the amount of waste which is produced at festivals each year. There are an ever-growing number of products out there that allow us all to be more environmentally friendly wherever we are but especially at Festivals.

See below 6 of the best new ideas for going plastic free whilst still having fun AND looking after all the wonderful spaces we will inhabit over the course of this summer. 

Eco Glitter Fun biodegradable glitter

Biodegradable glitter - most glitter is made from plastic, and ends up in the ground, and eventually lands in our water supply and the oceans - essentially, it’s a beautiful form of microplastic. However, there are many biodegradable glitter brands popping up, such as Eco Glitter Fun, who have an array of colours, blends and bases at an affordable price so you can sparkle all summer long without the impact on the oceans!

Makeup remover cloth - these are great, and all you have to do is add water!  They are super soft and gentle for the whole face.  Simply chuck in the washing machine after a long weekend camping at your favourite festival! They can be found on Amazon

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A reusable water bottle - carry a reusable water bottle - not only is it cheaper to fill up, but no environmental impact of throwing away endless plastic bottles. We all have to stay hydrated, especially at festivals. Try black + blum Eau Good- they have a piece of activated charcoal inside so it even purifies. Win!

Wooden sunglasses - cheap, plastic sunglasses break easily and end up in landfills and don’t decompose. Wooden sunglasses are an environmentally friendly alternative. FreshforPandas sunglasses are made from organic materials such as wood and bamboo, and come in a variety of shapes and colours.

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Biodegradable cups - invest in some biodegradable cups. That way, even if you lose a couple, at least they’re going back to the earth! Try Cupful of Colour, made of entirely plant-based materials. 

Upcycled rain ware - keeping dry at UK festivals is an essential. Instead of purchasing a cheap £1 rain mac when it begins to pour, why not invest in an upcycled rain garment. Insane in the Rain makes their rain jackets out of 100% recycled plastic, and the patterns on the jackets are festival funky too.

We are going greener!

Life water bottle eco environment friendly

This summer and beyond, Hotel Bell Tent is making a pact to go greener.

Hotel Bell Tent understands the environmental impact of the throwaway culture which can be associated with festivals nowadays and wants to be a part of the solution, so we've teamed up with Life Water (www.life-water.co.uk) in order to provide all bottled water this year in Eco Bottles,  which are BPA free and 100% recyclable.  They are also lighter in weight, with 20% lesser packaging, therefore lessening the overall carbon footprint. 

The team at Life Water are dedicated to helping communities across the world have access to clean water.  For every bottle that is purchased, a percentage of the proceeds goes to their partner charity drop4drop, which has projects in South Sudan, India, the Philippines and East Africa. As it says on the Life-water website, “Water hydrates you, and communities in need”.

Not only are we switching over to BPA free bottles, but at all events where we have food and drinks available at our camps, we will be providing all compostable take away gear, including cutlery.  Just another way that we are trying to make an impact.

If you are staying at Hotel Bell Tent this summer, please join our crusade by making sure that you dispose of all recyclable plastic at the designated recycling points either within Hotel Bell Tent or the festival site.  

Keep an eye out for future blog posts about how you can go greener at festivals in summer 2018!

The countdown to El Dorado begins...

The countdown to El Dorado begins...

30th June- 2nd July, Eastnor Castle, Ledbury

As El Dorado’s first year in 2016, Cirque de Soul put on a beautiful, relaxed and well balanced festival.  The crowd was small enough that it felt intimate, with well smattered stages that you were never short of differing genres and crowds to dance with.  The line up for a first-year event was pretty spectacular: on the Friday evening kicked off with Collie Buddz, and the weekend finished off with Craig David’s TS5.  Craigy D has made a comeback in a big way- singing, DJing and rapping- a true triple threat.  Between these were performances by Gentleman’s Dub Club, Blonde, Artful Dodger and Basement Jaxx to name a few of the most memorable acts. 

After last year’s initial success, this year is looking to be bigger, and better. The line-up includes names such as Hot 8 Brass Band, The Sugarhill Gang, Congo Natty and Groove Armada.   Besides the music there are other attractions such as the Elympics  (with fun activities such as the Slip & Vibe Slide, space hopper circuit and numerous dance battles) to keep you entertained during the day, along with impressive circus acts throughout the day, and a collection of world street food vendors to give you fuel before getting lost in the music of the night.  El Dorado is not one to disappoint – come find the lost city and stay with us for the added comfort and ease of your accommodation set up and ready to go so you won’t miss any of the action.

8 Essentials for a Stress Free and Stylish Glastonbury

1) Otto London Urban Poncho

  Another one to add to your Glasto wet weather wardrobe. Otto London have created a fabulous range of urban ponchos that are rainproof and have an inner cotton lining to protect you from any wind which may come your way! They also feature a two-way zip, straps, reflective piping edges and an inner pocket to keep some of your valuables in whilst tracking the field.

Another one to add to your Glasto wet weather wardrobe. Otto London have created a fabulous range of urban ponchos that are rainproof and have an inner cotton lining to protect you from any wind which may come your way! They also feature a two-way zip, straps, reflective piping edges and an inner pocket to keep some of your valuables in whilst tracking the field.

 

2) Barbour Biker Wellington Boots

Sturdy footwear is a no-brainer. Even if it’s your first time at Glastonbury, you’ll have seen pictures of the legendarily muddy years. While we remain eternally optimistic there’s no harm in being prepared! These Barbour Biker boots are at the top of the wish list: not only are they stylish and durable, they allow easy movement too.

3) UPSO Birch Backpack - Green

  UPSO’s Birch Backpack is your much needed festival buddy. It is hardwearing, compact but still with enough room for all your essentials and enough space for a few extras. As a bonus the backpack has been made from recycled lorry tarpaulin so you get extra points for sustainability, too.

UPSO’s Birch Backpack is your much needed festival buddy. It is hardwearing, compact but still with enough room for all your essentials and enough space for a few extras. As a bonus the backpack has been made from recycled lorry tarpaulin so you get extra points for sustainability, too.

4) Spitfire Gold Lennon Sunglasses with Black Lenses

Sunglasses are a must have at Glasto, whether it’s protection from the sun’s rays or to hide your tired eyes. You’ll be the envy of everyone with these sexy sunnies designed by Spitfire. With a Lennon-esque look and 100% UVA/UVB protection, what’s not to love?

5) Bubel towel

These quick drying Bubel towels are perfect for festival life. They come with a choice of bright designs, you won’t have to struggle to find somewhere to dry out your soggy towel and they’re space-saving too.

6) Belkin Emergency Power Bank

  This emergency power bank allows you to charge any USB-enabled device so you’ll never have to worry about being left in the field without juice. You can power up the device in advance and then have the freedom of charging your phone wherever and whenever you are. Never miss the photo op again!

This emergency power bank allows you to charge any USB-enabled device so you’ll never have to worry about being left in the field without juice. You can power up the device in advance and then have the freedom of charging your phone wherever and whenever you are. Never miss the photo op again!

7) Campri Thermal Baselayer Pants Unisex Junior

These Unisex Campri Thermal Leggings will be your saviour during those cold Glastonbury nights. They promise to keep you warm when the cold sets in and retain your body heat once you’ve retreated into your tent for a cosy night’s sleep.

8) Go Security Holster

We always tell our guests to think hard about whether they really need a valuable item before bringing it with them to an event. If you can’t leave it behind then it’s a good idea to keep it on you. This security holster will keep your precious items close at hand so can roam Glastonbury with peace of mind.

A remembrance of Glastonbury 2016

Before arriving at Glastonbury, I imagined an expansive bumbling chaos. It was a festival I was determined to experience once, but was unsure of how I would feel when leaving. When I got there, my presumptions were valid, however, they were overruled by the wondrous setting and amalgamation of people all there for different reasons.

I am used to festivals where they target a specific audience- all after a relatively similar experience and who all share a love of a similar genre of music.  At Glastonbury, you stroll (or slip) for hours, encountering different people after different things, yet harmoniously enjoying it all together.  For this reason, it is so unique- I can understand why people wake up at 9 am on a dreary Sunday in October to refresh the same webpage until their tickets are secured.

Despite the mud and almost constant drizzle, everyone is in great spirits.  You wander aimlessly for hours to explore areas you have not seen, somehow stumbling upon a random bar with frozen margarita’s, playing 80’s pop tunes. A couple of women dressed as bee’s bump their bottoms to the beat, and you spot a mum and dad with their 17-year-old who is seemingly loving the music more than they are. You walk a short distance reaching a path full of eclectic niche shops, whose vendors are happy to chat to random wanderers about their craft and their passion.

For me, the most amazing moment was watching Earth, Wind and Fire at the West Holts stage on Sunday night.  This was a life dream of mine - although I was born 2 decades after their first album was released, they are a favourite of my happy, enthusiastic being.  When the band began to play, and their falsetto rang across the field, a father with his one-year-old baby were dancing joyously in front of me. This tiny soul, unaware of who this notorious funk iconic band even are, let alone understanding the concept of music, was bouncing up and down in his father’s lap with the largest grin I have ever seen.  Next to me was a woman in her 50’s - she stepped up on to the bench next to me as I had taken my wellies off to stand barefoot and free, and we held on to each other to steady ourselves, and also share that moment together.

Glastonbury - although the size is somewhat daunting, it is also the very thing that makes it an absolutely incredible experience.  Whatever your age, whatever your preferred genre of music or past time, Glastonbury truly has something for everyone.  If you enjoy people, food and music, go at least once in your lifetime.  I promise you won't regret it.

 

(Image used with permission from Glastonbury festival, photographed and coprighted by Andrew Allcock)