FIRST FESTIVAL TO BAN ALL SERVE-WARE (CUPS, BOWLS & PLATES)

Edit: April Fool’s alert. Sorry. 

As you know, we’ve been working hard over the past few years to reduce waste at Shambala. Our Bring A Bottle campaign has seen single use disposable plastics eradicated from Shambala – and our Bring A Cup campaign has seen us tackle disposable coffee cups – but this year we’re taking it even further – with a site wide ban on cups, mugs, plates and cutlery of any kind.

Not sure how this works? Here’s are some tips from our team of in-house experts, on how to go crockery free…

1) We’ll be installing drinks fountains throughout site – water, ethical cola, and other soft drinks options t.b.c

2) Each campsite will have it’s own, dedicated drinking trough, filled with chilled, filtered water.

3) A discarded welly can hold two whole bottles of wine.

4) Our bars team have embraced going cup-free and have agreed to install a teat-bar. Time to embrace your inner piglet.

5) Utilise the fact that on the end of each arm, you’re lucky enough to have a five-pronged ‘flesh fork.’

6) After the success of our Shambala coffee cups last year, we’re working with a trusted supplier to create branded, biodegradable Shambala nosebags – fill them with a snack of your choice, hook them round your ears and you’re good to go.

7) Don’t feel quite ready to ditch the utensils? You’re in luck – the floor of Shambala’s Enchanted Woods are covered in what those in the crockery-free movement refer to as ‘nature’s chopsticks’ (common name: twigs).

8) Make friends with your camp neighbours, by offering your hands up as a make shift bowl or plate, for their meals. With any luck they’ll return the favour. This doesn’t work quite as well with soup.

9) Avoid the mug, and discover the joys of making a cup of of tea directly in your mouth – safety note, it’s best to let the kettle cool a little first.

As ever, the success of our sustainability initiatives depends on you – we hope to see you embracing our latest green campaign – you’d be a fool not to give it a try.

See you all in August.

Love, the Shambala team x