Tackling our impact on the environment is a daily struggle as we grow more and more concerned about climate change each day. We all do our part, whether it's regimentally recycling, eating less meat, or simply taking the bus to work.
This eco-friendly ideology has been entrenched within the music festival industry since its humble beginnings but hasn't always successfully been put into practice. Nowadays, however, music festivals are taking greater strides than ever to reduce their carbon footprints, not only promoting environmentally friendly practices but implementing fresh strategies to combat climate change.
So, whilst festival-goers seek a riotous romp with their favourite artists, we're increasingly eco-aware and therefore don't want the guilty conscience.
As its World Environment Day, we've put our list of Top 10 Eco-Friendly Festivals so you can party whilst protecting the environment:
Burning Man Festival
Festival lineup (2018): Diplo, Skrillex, Flume, Zhu
The mecca of progressive ideologies at festivals, Burning Man has strictly abided by ten principles since 1986, one of them being 'leave no trace'.
Additionally, a former group of attendees started the nonprofit organisation Black Rock Solar installing a 30kW solar array at the festival which has since been donated to the nearby town, providing high-quality clean energy and generating funds for community clean projects.
When & where: 30 August - 7 September 2020; Black Rock City, United States
Green Man Festival
Festival lineup (2019): Four Tet, Father John Misty, Sharon Van Etten, Stereolab, Maribou State
Set beneath the lush, scenic Brecon Beacons, the organisers strive to keep it the way. Festival-goers are implored to uphold green policies by bringing only biodegradable wares (tent pegs, glitter etc) and one-use plastics are banned in favour of re-usable drinking receptacles.
Any unwanted camping items post-festival are donated to refugees worldwide, so nothing goes to waste.
When & where: 20-23 August 2020; Brecon, Wales
Splendour In The Grass
Festival lineup (2019): Tame Impala, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino, SZA, Foals
Initiatives like the 'Carbon Offset' option when purchasing tickets means that you can eradicate your carbon emissions during your time at the Australian festival, as all of the money raised is invested directly into the country's renewable energy projects.
For the hardcore eco-warriors, the 'Camp Zero Footprint' campsite challenges each camper to minimise their impact as much as possible with reusable camping equipment a prerequisite, offering tree planting sessions each morning. The winner wins VIP tickets the following year, so it pays to follow the rules.
When & where: 19-21 July 2019; Yelgun, Australia
Festival lineup (2019): The 1975, Liam Gallagher, Mac DeMarco, Lykke Li, The Roots
This Slovakian gem of a festival puts as much emphasis on green energies as curating a diverse and colourful lineup.
Partnering with domestic solar companies to provide energy at the festival and national railways to offer exclusive transport options to reduce emissions, it helps to keep the Earth clean and eco-conscious festival-goers keen.
When & where: 9-11 July 2020; Trenčín, Slovakia
Festival lineup (2019): Martin Garrix, Robert Plant & The Sensational Shapeshifters, Black Eyed Peas, Rita Ora, Patti Smith
Beyond its distinct surroundings, Secret Solstice holds the honour of being the world's only carbon neutral music festival as the emissions created are balanced out by trees purchased for a conservation project in Madagascar.
With 21-hours of daylight throughout Iceland's summer solstice, the energy output is lower than the average festival with renewable energies being used, primarily geothermal energy. So it's partly powered by volcanos. That's unique in itself, never mind the performances inside a glacier.
When & where: 26-28 June 2020; Reykjavík, Iceland
We Love Green
Festival lineup (2019): Tame Impala, Future, Christine and the Queens, FKA Twigs, Kali Uchis
A forward-thinking approach to environmental issues has seen this Parisian festival become one of France's most popular festivals in recent years. That and it's progressive lineups, of course.
Exemplifying the dedication to sustainability and environmental prosperity, We Love Green have an innovative take on eco-toilets, limits paper use, composts food waste, and promotes green living through workshops and discussions throughout the festival's duration.
When & where: 6-7 June 2020; Paris, France
Festival lineup (2019): Ariana Grande, The Strokes, Tame Impala, The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino
You'd expect the world's biggest festivals to promote green initiatives and thankfully Lollapalooza's 'Rock and Recycle' scheme does just that.
A plethora of recycling bins, composting bins, and water stations dotted around the site dramatically reduces plastic bottle usage, and festival-goers are challenged to collect recyclable items in exchange for Lollapalooza merchandise for added incentive.
When & where: 30 July - 2 August 2020; Chicago, United States
Festival lineup (2019): Lana Del Rey, Snow Patrol, George Ezra, Underworld
One of the UK's most flamboyant and creative festivals, environmental sustainability is at the heart of Latitude, working with Julie's Bicycle, a nonprofit organisation that aims to reduce emissions within the creative industries.
They've also pledged to reduce both diesel consumption and waste by 50% by 2025 as part of the Festival Vision 2025 pledge to ensure that festivals have a sustainable future.
When & where: 16-19 July 2020; Southwold, United Kingdom
Fuji Rock Festival
Festival lineup (2019): The Cure, Martin Garrix, SIA, The Chemical Brothers
Promoting a green lifestyle, Fuji Rock is Asia's biggest alternative music festival to adopt this ethos.
The Fuji Rock Forest Project offers schemes that protect the tranquil surroundings, from re-using cut timber to create flyers to maintaining the natural boardwalks which enables access for disabled festival-goers, as shuttle buses are banned on site.
When & where: 21-22 July 2020; Naeba Ski Resort, Japan
Festival lineup (2020): Diana Ross + more TBA
The mother of all conservationists music festivals, Glastonbury Festival has seen millions of festival-goers trample through Worthy Farm throughout its 49-year history and strives to highlight both recent and relevant environmental issues each year.
Partnering with Oxfam, Greenpeace, and WaterAid, the Eavis' family's list of green policies is extensive; requiring both a fallow year after five consecutive festivals as well as thousands of volunteers to ensure that the festival site continues to thrive as a working farm after the fun has come to an end, Glastonbury Festival is definitively and unquestionably green.
When & where: 24-28 June 2020; Pilton, United Kingdom