Bradleigh Good The sustainable approach to ‘Festival Tents’
LecturersDermot Mclnerney, Anke Nienhuis
SchoolAUT Art + Design
Supplied by the festival, the user can party on without the need and hassle of bringing their own tent.
The intent is that the festival supplies the tents to their guests. This puts the responsibility on the festival to manage the tents and what happens with them. Current tents are made with numerous unsustainable materials such as plastics, nylon/polyester fabrics and dyes/adhesives. The majority of these materials aren’t easily recyclable or can’t be recycled at all. The many stages these materials go through within the manufacturing process makes it timely, producing large amounts of pollutants and waste sent to landfills.
Cheap, unsustainable, and non-user friendly, many tents don’t see another life after a festival. Current tents are not designed for the party environment and have fragile parts which get damaged easily. Some of the materials such as fibreglass and nylon when broken can’t be fixed. The broken and rejected majority of these tents aren’t recycled and sent to landfills, damaging the environment.
Many people who attend festivals purchase cheap tents with the intent to leave them behind. Waiting in line for hours carrying camping gear and bulky tents into the festival is a hassle for the user. Current festival tents are confusing and exhausting to set up correctly. When set up in rows the guide rope crosses one another wasting valuable space and causing tripping hazards.
Festival staff can erect each tent in minutes, allowing them to set up many of them quickly. Tents collapse and stack on one another for easy transportation and storage, reducing emissions. No requirement for guide ropes, spokes on the base and its own weight hold the tent to the ground, eliminating tripping hazards and allowing them to be pitched much closer together. User can replace damaged parts with the festival organiser. Staff collect tents at the end of the festival eliminating the problem of damaged/unusable tents being left behind and dumped.
These festival tents are made with 3-4 materials (Aluminium, organic canvas, natural dyes and beeswax) much less than current tent construction. These materials are sustainable and environmentally friendly. Aluminium is 100% recyclable and organic canvas is a natural fabric made from cotton. Fewer materials mean less manufacturing time, therefore reducing energy usage and pollution. Being dedicated to festivals, these tents are in storage during the off seasons meaning they aren’t in retail stores which constantly use energy. Festival-goers can enjoy the festival experience without having to worry about their own tent. People aren’t buying cheap and unsustainable tents, leaving them behind and adding to the increasing landfill problem. To change or repair parts, the tent is modular which helps to simplify the recycling process. After the festival, the event staff collect the tents and stack them in trucks. The compact design allows more tents to be transported at once which helps to reduce fossil fuel consumption and emissions. Damaged aluminium parts are sent to be recycled/repaired and organic canvas is patched repaired or disposed of to bio-degrade.