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Leave no trace

Who doesn’t love a festival? Here’s how to make sure yours is eco-friendly

As we step ever closer to summer, many people’s thoughts turn to the great outdoors. And what better way to enjoy the warmer climes than listening to live music in a field of likeminded revellers, enjoying some tasty food and indulging in a few drinks? Sounds perfect, right? But, if you’ve seen pictures of the aftermath of some major UK festivals, like Reading and Leeds or Glastonbury, you will have seen disturbing images of discarded tents, plastic bottles, cups, food trays and paraphernalia left behind. With 3.17million UK music festival goers annually, the waste created by festivals each year in the UK equals around 23,500 tonnes (powerful-thinking.org.uk), not to mention the detrimental effect on the land, wildlife and environment. In today’s current climate, the way festivals manage their impact needs to change. We found some that are pushing things forward.

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About Be Kind

Hello, Most of us are lucky enough to have someone who taught us how to be kind. For me, it was my dad. He showed me how to warm up a cold bumble bee in my hands and how to grow runner beans in the garden. Dad was forever picking up litter wherever we went, rescuing the baby ducklings who had slipped down the drain outside our house, and he taught me to have the utmost respect for all creatures, great and small. As the threats of climate change and plastic pollution weigh heavily on our minds, we spend so much time focusing on looking forward, concerned about the damage we have wreaked on our planet and what the future holds. However, it seems a lot of the answers to our current problems can be found by looking backwards. In this issue we talk about lessons we have learned from past generations, how to adopt a thriftier, more careful attitude to waste and the importance of sharing information. We discuss the valuable lessons we have learned from our families and friends and hope to inspire more people to go back to basics – it might just be the only way to save the world. We also had the pleasure of speaking to Deliciously Ella about making vegetables cool, Mark Griffiths shares the most wonderful images of inspiring open-water swimmers, and the Culinary Caveman gives us his top tips for successful foraging. Enjoy the issue, Phillipa Editor