Green Measures at Rocking the DaisiesThere are a number of ecological initiatives in place at Rocking the Daisies. No bottled water is sold at the event, push taps are used to reduce water wastage, and grey water is recycled. Food-ware and cleaning products are biodegradable, and all paper marketing material is printed on recycled stock. LED lighting is used wherever possible, and on-site generators run off bio-diesel. There are also bus shuttles provided, and festival-goers are encouraged to walk, cycle or carpool wherever possible. This year the festival will be hosting official initiatives including #RTDSPRINGCLEAN which facilitates the re-homing of unwanted clothing to those in need, and Walk/Cycle The Daisies, a two day hike prior to the festival which aims to promote positive environmental action.
Sustainable.co.za’s Eco-Camping GuidePlenty of festival-goers will be camping out over the four day music extravaganza. Indeed, as summer approaches (although winter appears to be making a valiant last stand!), many of us will be venturing outdoors for camping, hiking and other adventurous activities. In the spirit of all things green, here are some of our tips for enjoying an eco-friendly camping session both at Rocking the Daisies and at other outdoor adventures. After all, in order to enjoy the beauty of nature, we need to take measures to reduce our ecological impact.
- Invest in a solar charger! These handy gadgets are great for recharging cameras, cellphones, tablets and other electronic accessories. True, you may want to detox from the everyday demands of emails and phone calls, but it’s always good to make sure you have a fully-charged cellphone for emergencies. Plus, a camera with a flat battery is no use to anyone when you want to capture the beauty of mother nature. Our Solarway G2 Lantern is a fantastic product – not only can it charge all of your devices, but it also acts as a LED lamp, and provides you with an FM radio and emergency alarm.
- A set of solar powered lights like these Mooni Solar Lights is also a must, whether you’re trekking to the ablutions block in the middle of the night or taking an evening stroll. Sustainable.co.za sell a wide range of solar lighting equipment specially designed for intrepid campers. Our Solarway Dual Power Stix are also particularly useful in an emergency, only requiring one charge to provide 30 hours of light. And if you’re looking to add some ambience to your campsite, then these solar fairy lights are just what you need.
- If you’re not planning to bring along your own cutlery and crockery, then do invest in biodegradable food packaging! Our range includes cups, cutlery, plates, bowls and containers. As eco-packaging is both lightweight and green, it’s a great camping option.
- We’ve spoken about food containers, but how on earth do you plan to cook your food? Many conservation areas do not permit camp fires or braais. When and where this is the case, these eco-cookers may come in handy, as the different models offer you a variety of environmentally friendly ways in which to cook your food. However, when camp fires or braais are permitted, we recommend using some Green Lite Eco Fire-Lighters in conjunction with Eco-Logs (which are made out of the recycled by-product generated during the production of grape seed oil).
In addition, all the standard camping rules apply. Pick up your litter, try not to disturb the natural surrounds, and tread lightly. South Africa is a country with beautiful landscapes and idyllic camping spots – let’s take advantage of these during the upcoming summer months!
If you’re heading out to the festival, have a great time and stay safe!