The KarTent is big enough for two people and it’s makers say it has all the qualities needed to bring your festival to the next level!
The KarTent: a revolution in festival camping?
It would definitely be best if everyone would buy one tent, and use it year after year. And if everyone would do that, there’d be no need for KarTent. But people don’t! As tents are getting cheaper, it becomes increasingly attractive to throw away a tent and not bother about the hassle of breaking it up. For the people that intend to do this, KarTent was developed. The production of 1 KarTent exhausts half the CO2 of a regular one, and all of the material of the KarTent can be recycled with ease. Did you know that a regular tent may consist of up to 30 materials? KarTent consists of only one!
Just how eco-friendly is the KarTent?
If you have ever attended a multiple-day festival and stayed on the festival camp site, then maybe you know the problem: every year a lot of stuff is left behind on festival camp sites after a festival has finished. This includes bottles and glasses, but also tents!
In fact, 1-in-4 people leave their tent behind on the various camp sites worldwide! People feel hungover and tired, and don’t feel like breaking up their tent and carry it along. As you can imagine this causes a lot of waste: In the Netherlands alone, where KarTent is based, this counts up to 25.000 tent every year.
Of course this is not too good for the environment… after only a single use all these tents will go straight to landfill.
Enter ’KarTent’, a temporary festival tent made entirely out of cardboard. The cardboard allows for easy recycling of the tent; after the festival, the tent can go directly to the paper recycling industry so that they can re-use your tent to make toilet paper, books, boxes, or other useful stuff.
Fire and water resistant disposable blackout tent sounds perfect for festival-goers
KarTent differs from most other tents in that it stays nice and dark in the morning, so you can sleep off your festival hangover without being bothered by the morning light and charge your energy to fully party again the next day!
It’s water resistant and not as easy to set fire to as you might think. And there’s no guy ropes to trip over as you stagger back to your tent in the dark.
What else..? Oh, and perhaps the coolest thing of all is that when you order a KarTent, they bring it to the festival you’re going to! (Belgium and Netherlands only), and make sure it gets recycled when you’re done. This means that you no longer have to worry about transporting your tent!*
All you have to care about now is that you don’t forget your toothbrush! (Theoretically speaking, you may also need some other things…) The tent is suitable for 2 people, and of course there is also space for all your stuff!
*Be aware, KarTent is big! It measures 240cm x160cm (7’10” x 5’3”), so it’s not that easy to take it to a festival yourself anyway.
What some other festivals are doing to be greener and promote local organic produce
Festivals large and small all over the world are experimenting with ways to cut down on waste, support local and organic agriculture, and lower their carbon footprint.
- Coachella has a program called Carpoolchella, which enters people who ride in cars with four or more people into a giveaway where they can win backstage passes, meals, merchandise, and even VIP tickets for life.
- Sunrise Celebration, considered the leading sustainable festival in the U.K., asks that 85% of the ingredients from vendors be organic. Even the alcohol is 80% organic and, wherever possible, locally produced.
- Green Man Festival in Wales sources its beer and cider solely from Welsh breweries, and its wine comes from Europe.
- Glastonbury, the U.K. daddy of festivals, gives priority to vendors who source fair trade, local, organic, and British ingredients, plus all tea, coffee, and sugar on-site is fair trade. What’s more, Glastonbury has banned plastic drinks bottles from site this year.
- This year, Shambala in England is removing meat completely from the menu, hoping to show attendees it’s possible to live (and party) without meat. And every year they reward the greenest vendor with a free space at next year’s festival.
- In the US, Gratitude Migration in New Jersey invites most plant-based vendors to sell their meals, with only one meat vendor, who provides — along with tasty barbecue — educational materials about how to choose responsible meat.
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