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What’s with all this Plastic at Festivals?

What’s with all this Plastic at Festivals?

So I’ve been around the festival circuit in Australia and abroad for quite some time now and I’ve noticed that there’s been a real trend happening from both festival organisers and punters when it comes to trash and managing waste…

The interesting thing is that often I see this contradiction when it comes to rubbish and this environmentally friendly conversation… and that’s these seemingly eco-friendly festivals presenting themselves as being progressive and supporting conscious choices when it comes to rubbish, but then doing things like not providing bins in venues and not separating rubbish from recyclables…

Here’s a couple of pics from The Boho Festival in Melbourne earlier this year held at The Royal Exhibition building…

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There were no bins in the venue to separate trash for attendees. So no choice but ending up as trash. Really sad to see. These festivals like Boho are trying to be eco-friendly by asking vendors to use eco packaging for food – but what’s the point if they don’t get composted or recycled?

Recently a video went viral showing the outrageous amounts of rubbish left behind after the Lost Paradise Festival north of Sydney – in a National Park! Here’s the footage https://tinyurl.com/y8x45b3k

I really don’t get it! I mean, the festival organisers don’t make it easy for punters who want to do the right thing. But also, I think it’s equally important for us as festival goers to start recognising our impact, becoming more empowered when it comes to refusing trash and making a stand for truly conscious choices.

So how can we solve this dilemma? Does it come down to lack money and funding? Lack of Infrastructure? Is it pure laziness, ignorance or lack of care regarding this issue? Or is it simply just lack of awareness surrounding alternative solutions? Who’s to say…I’m not entirely sure…

The one thing I do know though, is that we as individuals and punters need to start taking responsibility for not buying into this wasteful mentality and recognising the beauty of these incredible places and lands that we get to dance, play and celebrate upon. So remember to take your reusable kit with you so you don’t have to use the disposable products – even if they are so called ‘environmentally friendly’ or compostable. In addition to this, the festivals have a responsibility to us as patrons and to the environment to provide the necessary infrastructure for waste management systems and to continue offering plastic-free alternatives.

But I think importantly we have to continue to lead the way with our actions, speaking out about these things happening and using our voices to make a difference and support the ban of plastic at festivals!

Wouldn’t that be a different kind of party? That’s one I’d love to see!

 

Article written by Lillian Adele

(visit: www.lillianadele.com)

About Lilly

I am an artist, healer, writer, speaker, eco-advocate, entrepreneur, blogger and content creator interested in exploring the intersection between human creativity and spirituality. Conversations surrounding creative self-expression and wellbeing generally arise, and the importance of this innate spiritual connection that we have with the land, where art and creative expression in all of it’s diversity becomes the language and communication of that one spirit called cosmic consciousness… Or whatever ‘name’ or ‘expression’ you want to give to it. This is where the subject of eco-conscious awareness comes in, as we begin to expand our consciousness outward through practices such as art and meditation, you begin to draw the sacred connection between yourself and everything else that is arising moment to moment – including the environment. You notice the birds outside on the trees, the trees themselves, their roots all the way down there connected in the soil. You feel the air on your face, but you are no longer experiencing the air on your face – you are the air. You become one with everything. I am you. You are me. We are the earth – we are not separate from it. Therefore bringing the ecological balance back into perspective is a natural aspect of the creative and healing work that I do because it’s all connected. This is what drives my passions, interests and true calling in life – my ‘Dhamra’. This where the science and healing art of creative eco-conscious living has become so important to me and interlinked with what I am doing. I am also a meditation teacher and holistic counsellor and love to work with people creatively to help them discover their true creative purpose here on this planet in vibrant alignment with themselves and their eco-consciousness. Feel welcome to contact Lillian through her website to find out more about her work. www.lillianadele.com

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