What’s better than a music festival on the beach? A music festival on the beach with no shoes, single use plastic or styrofoam! Koh Lanta recently held its first ever eco friendly music festival on the beach in Kantiang Bay. ‘Yup Fest Bare Feet Project’ wanted festival goers to enjoy the feel of sand between their toes and leave behind nothing but their footprints.
Organizers took great efforts to make sure the festival had as little impact on the environment as possible, by creating as little trash as possible. No plastic cups, straws, utensils or styrofoam were used at the event.
How was Yup Fest’s music festival eco-friendly?
1. All food was served in natural wrapping, like banana leaves (the traditional Thai way of wrapping food before plastic came along), biodegradable wrapping or paper plates.
3. Kon-Tiki Dive Shop in Saladan and Anong minimart in Khlong Dao sponsored these fantastic aluminum cups that guests could buy and take away with them.
If you purchased one of these cups, you were allowed to queue in a V.I.P line for your drinks and were given an extra 3 oz! All profit from the cups was given to the Khlong Nin school to contribute towards its multimedia library. So, festival goers who bought these cups were not only helping the environment but also local children.
4. No plastic straws were used at the festival, only paper ones.
5. Free drinking water was available at refill stations.
6. Even the wristbands were eco friendly, made from fabric, which also meant people could carry on wearing them after the event, as a souvenir.
Trash Hero Koh Lanta
Trash Hero Koh Lanta had a great stall at the festival, displaying their eco friendly products – refillable water bottles, reusable shopping bags that attach to keyrings, and stainless steel straws. They talked to people about what they do: their mission being to encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle, and also join their weekly beach clean ups on Koh Lanta, or organise their own beach clean ups.
Find out where you can buy Trash Hero water bottles on Koh Lanta.
Trash Hero also created a ‘trash wall’ to show people how much plastic is in our oceans, and how long it will remain there or on beaches. All of the items used in the installation had been picked up on the weekly Trash Hero beach cleanups on Koh Lanta.
And they made some fantastic ashtrays for the festival, out of large pieces of bamboo painted to look like cigarettes. These were placed in the sand around the festival and people really loved them.
Find out more about the great work Trash Hero does to keep Koh Lanta clean and reduce the amount of single-use plastic used here.
Koh Lanta rocks its first eco friendly music festival on the beach
Koh Lanta’s first eco-friendly music festival was a huge success and a great example of how large events can be eco-friendly.
Here’s to Koh Lanta holding lots more eco-friendly festivals. Maybe the island could be next year’s Wonderfruit festival venue…
Have you been to any great eco-friendly festivals? We’d love to hear about them, so let us know in the comments below.
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