This all made us think of those huge festivals where you need to jump over a bunch of empty beer cups every few steps, just to be able to walk around without tripping. Is it really that hard for festivals to be clean and ecological? To find out, we took a look at what Paradise City is doing right and wrong to keep its festival green.
A 10 steps process
Any gathering of a large number of people can have a potential negative impact on air, soil, water, resources and people. This includes not only the location where the event takes place but also the impacts beyond. Paradise City claims to minimize these potential negative impacts. They’ve created a 10 steps process to make sure to be a green festival.
The first few steps include things like working with green energy, serving filtered tap water, a proper waste management plan and eco-toilets. But there are also less obvious things like serving future food. The food trucks on the festival site aren’t your average food trucks. At Paradise City Festival, you’ll be able to eat a Dutch Weed Burger, for example. The festival is also entirely meat-free. They use 100 % locally sourced and organically grown food and ingredients from a fair-trade source.
Transportation from and to the terrain is something we think could use some more improvement. On the website, they say it’s best to carpool to the location. Other options are a train to Vilvoorde, which is 6.5 kilometers from the festival’s location. So you’d still be forced to take an uber to get there. As a result of the bad accessibility, lots of people just took a taxi from home to the location, which isn’t good for their ecological footprint at all.
Something we thought was very funny, was the festival’s idea of camping. Paradise City offered every festival goer a 100% recycled cardboard tent. How cool is that?! The cardboard tent is made to resist a few days of rain, so it should be perfectly fine to sleep in.