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Fresh air, freedom, sunshine and space – welcome to the great outdoors, British Summertime and of course, festival season.
Music festivals are no longer reserved just for grown-ups. From nationally recognised weekenders, such as Camp Bestival and the Big Feastival, to the smaller local community day festivals, these events are firmly on the calendar for parents everywhere.
Today, a whopping 3.17 million people attend festivals in the UK. But with this rise in popularity and increased number of festivals that are now occurring every summer, have you ever considered the impact they have on the world around us?
According to The Show Must Go On, a report from festival thinktank Powerful Thinking, British festivals produce 23,500 tonnes of waste, use five million litres of fuel and emit almost 20,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every single year.
Unsurprisingly, the three main factors that contribute to this are transport, fuel and waste. As many festivals are held in remote, rural areas, the number of vehicles used to transport festival goers to and from the event provide an elevated amount of carbon emissions. As well as vehicle fuel, a HUGE amount of fuel, including diesel, is required to actually power the festival itself. Then there’s waste. An alarming 23,500 tonnes of waste is generated every year at festivals, 68% of which goes directly into landfill. Much of this is comprised of single-use plastics (such as bottles, straws, food trays and cable ties), as well as microplastic pollution in the form of glitter and toiletries.
However, all is not lost. Both event organisers and festival goers alike are more conscious than ever before of the steps that they can take to reduce waste and their environmental footprint.
So, if like thousands of other parents this year, you are planning to head to one of the UK’s family friendly festivals, but want to take some steps to being more environmentally aware – you are not alone. There are small changes you can make, which can have impactful results, from taking public transport and collecting all of your rubbish, to using environmentally friendly products while you are there; like reusable water bottles and eco-friendly baby wipes.
Wet wipes are such an essential part of modern parenting, from nappy changing to cleaning messy faces, wiping up spills to taking off makeup and tackling sticky fingers. Wet wipes are the go-to essential for parents everywhere. Plus, for festivals they are also the key ingredient for the infamous ‘festival wash’.
As wet wipes have also been hitting headlines in recent years due to the damage they are having on our environment, parents everywhere are seeking out alternative options that, like so many other throwaway items, don’t contain plastic.
If left around in fields following a festival, or flushed away, wet wipes that do contain plastic will clog up landfill as they are not biodegradable, or break down into microplastics that can be ingested by marine life, with fatal consequences.
Furthermore, according to Water UK1, the trade body representing the main water and sewerage companies in the country, wet wipes are not only responsible for a staggering 93% of blockages in UK sewers, they are also the primary component of the infamous giant obstacles known as ‘fatbergs’.
However, for parents who can’t be without their trusty packet of baby wipes by their side, there is an alternative! Aqua Wipes are fully biodegradable and plastic free*. They are created to be kind to the environment AND baby’s skin – plus they are festival friendly!
Available in handy 12-wipe travel sized packs, these revolutionary wipes contain 99.6% purified water with an organic Aloe Vera extract formulation.
Used by special care baby units, neonatal and maternity departments across the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and registered with the Vegan Society, Aqua Wipes are created with the environment in mind, while caring for even the most delicate new-born skin.
So, in addition to being mindful of your carbon footprint, to help keep your family festival trip stress-free and fun-filled, Aqua Wipes’ social media followers were on-hand to provide their top family festival tips, straight from the mouths of other parents. Here are our favourites:
- Freeze bottles of water to keep them colder for longer. They also double up as ice packs to keep food fresher for longer! Nichola Wong
- Attach little key ring bells to the zips of your tent so you are alerted if your little one tries to open the tent and escape! Megan Johnstone
- Have a big but comfortable bag that has different compartments to find your essentials easily! Include Aqua Wipes travel packs, especially if going out all day, plus lots of easy to grab snacks. Gemma Rist
- Wipes are majorly important when going to festivals. Stock up on lots as the showers aren’t always the nicest or they are full, so sometimes a baby wipe bath will have to do! Megan Cagney
- If it rains (which it often does in this country) mud actually provided the perfect playground and kept my three-year-old entertained for hours, so mud isn’t all that bad! Just bring LOTS of wipes in a handy bum bag so you can go hands free ?Faye Shearwood