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Sum­mer fes­ti­vals are se­ri­ously good fun and what we’re lov­ing is how here in New Zealand more and more are be­com­ing sus­tain­able too.

It’s great to know as you dance to mu­sic at Sundaise that the en­tire stage is pow­ered by the sun thanks to Sun­son­ics, an in­no­va­tive and ef­fi­cient so­lar-pow­ered gen­er­a­tor. Or that the Glo­belet gob­let made in New Zealand from re­cy­cled plas­tic that you are drink­ing from at Splore will be re­cy­cled and reprinted af­ter the fes­ti­val (un­less you want to keep it).

Splore has taken things a step fur­ther this year too, an­nounc­ing that from 2017 the fes­ti­val will be wa­ter bot­tle-free. That means bot­tled wa­ter won’t be sold on­site. In­stead, you have the op­tion to take your own wa­ter bot­tle to the fes­ti­val, or buy a Glo­belet wa­ter bot­tle to keep and re­fill from nu­mer­ous wa­ter sta­tions that will be dot­ted about the fes­ti­val. You will also be able to pay for a ‘pre­mium re­fill’ of chilled sparkling wa­ter at the bar, if that’s your pref­er­ence.

Splore has also ditched com­postable plates for 2017 – be­cause they still have to go to land­fill – and will now be us­ing re­us­able serve­ware. For its 2017 fes­ti­val Sundaise is also ask­ing food ven­dors to serve food and drinks into peo­ples own con­tain­ers (plates and cups), and is pro­vid­ing free fil­tered wa­ter to re­fill drink bot­tles.

WOMAD, which has teamed up with a car­bon off­set­ting part­ner ekos.org.nz, has also de­cided not to sell plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles at its 2017 mu­sic fes­ti­val and has part­nered with Glo­belet too.

Glo­belet is the brain­child of plas­tic lover and en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist Ryan Ever­ton. Each year his com­pany, which pro­duces cups and now re­us­able wa­ter bot­tles for fes­ti­vals from re­cy­cled plas­tic, stops more than 150 tonnes of plas­tic cups go­ing to land­fill each year. For WOMAD and Splore Ever­ton has part­nered with com­pany Meet PAT who man­u­fac­ture some of the world’s best por­ta­ble event-based and per­ma­nent wa­ter bot­tle re­fill sta­tions and drink­ing foun­tains. “The hope is more ma­jor events in Aus­trala­sia and New Zealand will open up to the idea of get­ting rid of dis­pos­able bot­tles, and of­fer­ing a waste-free and more en­joy­able drink­ing op­tion,” says Ever­ton.

Splore high­lights

· New Zealand Dance Com­pany The com­pany will perform Lu­mina on Fri­day night in the Yealands Liv­ing Lounge, and a fam­ily show on the beach on Satur­day.

· Dress up party Al­ways fun, the cos­tume theme for this year’s Satur­day night party is ‘strangely fa­mil­iar – the fam­ily re­union’.

· Break­fast Club A hearty sit-down beach­side brunch to en­joy with your friends and a Bloody Mary. Book­ings es­sen­tial.

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