10 Eco-Friendly Festivals for Your Bucket List - Breathe Travel

With so many awesome festivals on offer, and to suit all ages, types and music genres, it can be almost impossible to choose the best ones. Thankfully, the eco-friendly and conscious ones still stand out from the crowd and know how to put on an incredible day (or few!).

Rechelle Coombes, founder of Socielle said, “If you have a bit of a green heart – you might like to make your choice based on the minimal impact the festival leaves on our planet. After all, the festival that started all festivals – Woodstock – was one of the first eco-friendly festivals there was. And the exciting part is that perfect environmentally friendly setting is still practiced in festivals across the globe today.”

The creators of these festivals will ensure you party the night away, while reducing, reusing and recycling at the same time. Here's a list of the ten best:

1. Coachella – California, USA (April)

10 Eco-Friendly Festivals for Your Bucket List

Coachella draws 250,00 people into the middle of the desert during the summer days in the USA. It’s the perfect place to party with the A-list celebs while saving the planet. Charge your car, bike or even cell phone using one of the wind power chargers, chill under the cold towers or enter the TRASHed @ Coachella artistic design comp using trashcans. 

Previous acts: Guns n Roses, Lorde, Calvin Harris, ACDC, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg.

2. Les Vieilles, Charrues – Carhaix-Plouger, France (July)

With a killer combat approach to pollution including waste recycling, no mass flyers, composting toilets, reusable cups and organic /fair trade food, this is one festival that has the green celebration totally down pat!

Previous acts: Pharrell Williams, Major Lazar, The Kills, Disclosure, Lana Del Ray.

3. Splendour in the Grass – Byron, Australia (July)

Expect nothing less than a huge line up from this Aussie favourite and one of the first to move to a more green-friendly approach. Patrons can offset carbon by paying extra on their ticket, they can even plant a tree on site at the festival; over 2000 trees were planted last year.

They have dry composted toilets, gas fired low-flow showers, rainwater roof collection points and green tent options. Waste warriors and eco cops are onsite to help minimize impact whilst the green team rove around to educate the masses.

Previous acts: The Kills, Jack White, Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, James Blake, Lana Del Ray.

4. Wanderlust Festivals – US/NZ/AUS (Various dates)

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Described as “all-out celebrations of mindful living” where music is their heartbeat and yoga practice is their drum. The Wanderlust festivals are yoga-centric retreats with activities including hiking, biking, runs, lectures on holistic health/politics and delicious and nutritious food, held at the world’s most awe-inspiring resorts.

DJ powered sessions and main stage performances ensure this festival is an all-round experience, even for the faint-hearted!

Previous acts: Jurassic 5, MC Yogi, Moby, Emancipator.

5. Lightening in a Bottle – California, USA (May)

The newest upcoming love festival is Lightening in a Bottle which seeks to promote sustainability, social cohesion, personal health and creative expression. It uses renewable energy and also educates visitors about their impact and provides hands on demos of composting. It’s a new and improved Woodstock.

Previous acts: Flume, Chet Faker, Grimes, Guy Gerber, Monkey Safari, Tycho.

6. Lollapalooza, Chicago – USA (Aug)

If you want to feel incredible, the place to be is Lollapalooza. While you're rocking out to great music and loading up on tasty food at the farmer’s market, enjoy beauty from the art market while simoutaneously supporting the planet. You can rock and recycle by gathering recyclable items in exchange for a Lollapalooza t-shirt and you can offset your attendance by purchasing an energy tag from Green Mountain.

7. Burning Man – Black Rock Desert Nevada, USA (August)

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From what originally started as group of friends lighting up an improvised wooden figure in front of a crowd on a beach in 1986, is now a festival of 65,000+ festival goers. The ultimate goal of Burning Man “is to encourage the culture of creativity” says Marian Goodell. It follows ten key principles including sustainability measures of communal effort, civic responsibility and leaving no trace.

Previous acts: Jay Zimmerman, Shessla, Adam Ross, Music Savages DJ Kramer.

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8. Le Paleo – Nyon, Switzerland (July)

Le Paleo is an inner-city festival that knows how to do green energy. Sustaining 100% green energy to power the festival, local and organic food and waste is also sorted and recycled.

Previous acts: Iron Maiden, Muse, Boyz Noize, The Chemical Brothers, Elton John, Placebo, The Prodigy.

9. Wood Festival – Oxfordshire, UK (May)

Solar powered stage, composting toilets (goodbye portaloos!),  even the entire speaker system is powered by pedals! It boasts a fashion parade, yoga, jewellery making workshops and much more. This is a hands-on festival for everyone.

Previous acts: Tunng, Phantom, The Eskies, Songhoy Blues.

10. Glastonbury – UK (July)

Get your boots ready for some mud at the impressive, annual Glastonbury Festival. This one might already be on your bucket list regardless of whether it holds a green status, but did you know it is working hard towards its no trace policy?

Its leaders have partnered up with WaterAid to buy reusable drinking bottles and set up refillable drinking water stations whilst educating about the importance of a good toilet. The Greenpeace mini gym is a live site where you can pedal for your metal and power the sound on the stage.

Previous acts: Muse, Adele, Coldplay, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Florence & The Machine, Deadmau5.

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“Have the time of your life while celebrating and saving mother nature and all of her creations – the musicians, performers and the beautiful native surroundings at any of these festivals.”
- Rechelle Coombes, Socielle.

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This post originally appeared on Socielle and has been republished with permission.

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