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AIF pushes for ban of festival tents creating massive plastic waste

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The Association of Independent Festivals is pushing for a movement to ban the marketing and sale of single-use tents. These tents are made up of non-recyclable plastics that end up in landfills and across the UK alone in a single year, over 250,000 tents were abandoned.

CEO Paul Reed said “We call upon major retailers to stop marketing and selling tents and other camping items as essentially single-use, and profiting from disposable culture. AIF launches this campaign to raise awareness and highlight abandoned tents as part of the single-use plastics problem.”

In addition to the ban, AIF ‘s published a 10-year report with surprising finds. Almost 10% of people attending events linked to their organization left behind a tent, which works out to an estimated 875 tons of plastic waste. The average tent weighs around 3.5 kg or roughly 8,750 plastic straws.

Along with your ticket, a tent is an essential item on any festival camping list; it’s your comfy space to crash when your night of music has ended. Festival camping is a unique survival experience all on its own, but it’s worth the adventure of bringing music and nature together. Therefore, we must actively do our part and clean up our campsites.

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