Ways We Can Still Be Eco-Friendly Whilst Camping!

One of the biggest challenges for a festival is to remain environmentally aware. With thousands upon thousands of attendees, often bringing one-use plastic tents and plastic bottles, changes often need to be made elsewhere to make sure a festival isn’t having a detrimental effect on the planet.

Using Camp Bestival as an example, they work really hard in making the festival environmentally friendly as possible. From compost toilets in the main festival area to recycling points in all the camp sites, they regularly encourage you to do your bit when attending the festival. In addition, they invite organisations such as Frank Water – who offer unlimited water refills and reusable water storage options (whilst also supporting a number of charities) – and the Big Green Coach for those travelling from London.

With this in mind, and to make it easier on festival organisers, we will often try and do our bit for the environment by bringing things with us that are re-usable and/or recyclable – or not at all – starting with our tent and ending with the way we dispose of any rubbish.

Here are our tips:

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Five Simple Ways We’ve Become More Eco-Friendly!

Thanks to programmes such as Blue Planet and Go Jetters (I’m serious – have you seen the one about the great Pacific garbage patch? Hits me right in the feels) we’ve suddenly become very aware about the damage we’re causing to the planet, or more so, the effects are starting to show.

I think it was back in February when we were a few degrees away from putting our shorts on that instead of celebrating an early Spring/Summer, I was aghast about the irreversible damage we’ve now clearly caused.

The thing is, the concern and the evidence of climate change has always been there. I think I remember being taught about the polar ice caps melting when I was in school back in the 90’s but, like most, I kinda stuck my head in the sand and thought that we were lightyears away from anything truly happening, or that it wouldn’t really affect us. How wrong was I? Not a day goes by now where I don’t read about whales being washed up with plastic in their gut or ancient food wrappers from the 80’s being dug up.

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Cheeky Wipes: Making a Bum Job Better (Review) [AD]

I’ll start now by saying that that snappy title isn’t my doing. I saw it on the Cheeky Wipes’ website and thought it was brilliant!

Anyway.

I first started using Cheeky Wipes when T was a few months old. We should have probably used them sooner – what with the poonami’s we were encountering – but in the midst of newborn chaos, we didn’t get around to “setting it up”, which is daft as it’s hardly a difficult, or time consuming task.

If you haven’t heard of them before, Cheeky Wipes are the makers of reusable wipes.

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If you’re not a family that cloth bum, don’t worry. Neither are we. We, too, were disposable city. So when we first saw Cheeky Wipes at a Baby Show we were dubious. We didn’t think we’d get round to using them, we thought it would just add to our wash load, we thought it’d be expensive. Neither of those points have come true for us.

To use Cheeky Wipes, you have two lidded tubs. One labelled ‘Fresh’, one labelled ‘Mucky’.

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You also have two bottles of scented oils labelled the same for each tub. I’ve found that even with the lids firmly shut, you still get a nice aroma in the room once the oils have mixed with the water and remains even when the mucky bin is getting… “Mucky”.

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In the green, mucky bin, place the drawstring net in the tub (there’s even neat little hooks to hold your bag in place), put 6-8 drops of the green bottle; we have teatree and lemon scent, in and then fill the tub with water.

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In the blue, fresh bin, place 6-8 drops of the blue bottle; we have lavender and chamomile in ours, fill with water up to the first line and then place enough wipes (roughly 8-12) up to the second line. Each wipe consists of a square, flannel-like, terry nappy material.

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Easy.

One flannel should deal with one nappy change by wiping, folding, wiping, folding and then potentially wiping again. I don’t think I’ve ever had to use more than one wipe, even for the messiest of changes.

Once the mucky bin is full (for us, it’s around 15 wipes or when the water is rather mucky) simply do the draw string bag up and put it in the washing machine with the rest of your whites (obviously remembering to take the whole bin down to the washing machine otherwise there’ll be drip issues).

The package we bought came with 25 white cotton terry wipes, two bottles of oil, and a travel option that consist of a mucky and clean bag in a PVC style fabric. This costs £39.99, however cost us around £35 thanks to Baby Show discount! You can also purchase microfibre or bamboo velour wipes. Wipes also come in a range of colours.

We really like using Cheeky Wipes as not only are we being Eco-friendly, but we’re saving money on wipes! Plus, no more incidents of T emptying a whole pack of baby wipes!

Cheeky Wipes also make a ‘Hands and Face‘ kit, a ‘Sanitary Pad‘ kit, and an alternative to toilet paper. Plus, they also ship worldwide!

If you’d like to try Cheeky Wipes, there’s a great deal over on their Facebook. Spend £35 and get a small double wetbag, plus 10 bamboo & minky wipes, worth £17.95 free! Plus, every Friday is ‘freebie Friday’ so keep an eye out on their page for deals.

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Cheeky Wipes are our BML16 sponsor this year, however all thoughts and opinions are our own. We purchased our  own Cheeky Wipes package with our own cash.