That’s why at Boutique Camping we are so happy to support this initiative from the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF).
Together along with over 60 independent festivals across the UK we are issuing a call to retailers to stop marketing and selling ‘festival tents’ as single-use items, which result in almost 900 tonnes of plastic waste every year, urging festival-goers to ‘Take Your Tent Home’ and ‘Say No To Single Use’.
AIF members include some of the biggest and most well-known independent festivals in the country such as Shambala, Boomtown Fair, Boardmasters, Kendal Calling and End Of The Road. (and us!) Each year, an estimated 250,000 tents are left at music festivals across the UK. Most aren’t collected by charities and can’t be recycled, meaning the vast majority end up in landfill.
The average tent weighs 3.5kg and is mostly made of plastic – the equivalent of 8,750 straws or 250-pint cups. Major retailers have a history of selling cheap tents marketed specifically for festival-use.
Research by Comp-A-Tent, who have been researching festival waste and testing solutions since 2015, suggests that as many as 36% of tents left at festivals are bought from either Argos or Tesco. At Boutique camping, our canvas tents and new weekender camping tents are premium quality camping tents, designed for long term use and to be used over and over again for many years to come