The Scoop: The team at Greenpop have collaborated with Rocking The Daisies to provide you with ways to have an eco-friendly festival.
- Carpool: With more people in fewer cars, we can reduce our carbon emissions and footprint, take pressure off local roads, and de-crease traffic congestion. Stuck on how to find a ride? www.findalift.co.za is a perfect place to find other people looking to share rides – there will be plenty, and it’ll cut down on your petrol costs, too!
- Keep tidy: Use the proper receptacles for all your waste; recycle and compost when possible, and use the toilets. Compost bins will be near all the food stalls, and recycling depots will be all over the festival site – make sure to use them! Otherwise, the beautiful land you’re parting on and its natural wildlife will be negatively impacted. Greenpop will be handing out upcycled canisters for your stompies – so make sure to stop by the Green Village to collect yours!
- Rinse and Reuse: Bring your own cups, plates, and cutlery, and encourage others to do the same. Can you imagine how little waste there would be if the whole festival participated?
- Bring your own water bottles: Tap water in South Africa is among the cleanest in the world, and Darling is no exception. Bringing your own water bottle tothe festival can help both your wallet and the planet. Reusablewater bottles are pretty common, but Cape Union Mart is agreat place to look – try to buy glass, stainless steel, or BPA-free plastic!
- Love your tent: Instead of throwing away your tent after the festival, or just leaving it behind, reuse it. For more, check out Love your tent.
- Use reusable bags to carry things: Plastic bags are made by the millions and many end up on the ground. They do not biodegrade, and are not sustainable. Instead, use reuseable bags and minimise your carbon footprint. Chic Mamas will be at Greenpop’s Green Village, and will behanding out reusable shopping bags in exchange for donations to their second-hand shop. Alternatively, pick your bagup beforehand at the Greenpop office (17 Commercial St,Cape Town) – and start using it for your shopping today!
- Use solar torches and lamps: A torch (after your toothbrush) is possibly the worst thing to forget at a festival. But rather than bringing a torch and constantly running out of batteries (and having to spend cash on new ones) – why not use a solar torch? Better for the environment, and for your wallet.Stuck on where to find one? Restio Energy Care makes great ones, and are available at Kaap Agri (in Darling, and all over the Western Cape). Find out more at www.restio.co.za!
- Compost your leftovers: Composting is pretty simple, and saves organic material from landfills so that the waste becomes useful. Compost bins will be all over the festival site – look around when you’re at the food stalls!Additionally, Reliance Compost will be co-hosting the GreenVillage, and will have all the tips you need for how to use compost most effectively in your home life. Happy greening!
- Use less/reusable napkins: The average person uses 2,200 napkins a year. If everyone used one less napkin, billions of napkins could be saved from landfills every year. Try bringing just a few cloths that you can wash when you get home!
- Share: Share what you’ve learned; pass the knowledge on! If every person took one step towards being greener, the collective effort could have a phenomenal effect.
- Plant Trees: Want to get your ticket in the greenest way possible but not keen to do Walking the Daisies? Check out Greenpop’s Trees for Tickets campaign and raise the money to plant 10 trees in exchange for your ticket to Rocking The Daisies.
Catch MGMT. Crystal Fighters, Rudimental and The Presets live at Rocking The Daisies alongside a host of stellar South African artists. There are still a few weekend passes left. Head here to purchase your tickets.
The Question: What are you thoughts on the above tips? Let us know in the comments below!