We’ve answered some of your questions that you’ve asked us over the last few years to give a comprehensive overview of Love Your tent and the challenges faced by festivals by the culture of waste that is endemic throughout our industry


What is the problem with leaving my tent and belongings behind anyway?

A common misconception is that festivals gather up all unused belongings from the campsite, and it all gets donated to charity. This is simply not true. The vast numbers involved and the logistics of cleaning and separating broken and unusable pieces of equipment is prohibitive. You brought your stuff, so you need to take responsibility and not leave it behind for others to clean up.

Why can't my tent be used in a disaster zone to help people?

A cheap flimsy tent made for a festival site during the summer months is no match for the needs or people enduring harsh conditions in many refugee and natural disaster zones. We work with the charity Shelterbox who provide appropriate equipment for such locations and situations. Please have a look at this company and see what is needed by people, and then ask the same question.

Why can't my stuff just be recycled? Everything is these days so why not this?

First off, this isn’t the case at all, and when you look at the constituent parts that make up tents, then the question should be, when you know what’s gone into making the tent and the energy used, why would you just leave it and throw it away?

What is my tent made of then?

Lots of different things, but each tent is made up of a combination of the following components:

  • Aluminium Frame,
  • Plastic or metal tent pegs,
  • Nylon or Polyester,
  • A variety of chemicals to make it waterproof,
  • Cotton and/or canvas,
  • Nylon is a polymer and takes 30-40 years to degrade.

Why does it matter that it's made up of different components - isn't everything?

With the manufacture of lots of things, it’s never just the component parts that contribute to its carbon footprint. If the initial parts are made in significantly different parts of the globe, then its footprint will be larger as there are additional travel miles involved.

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