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To: Argos, Amazon, Decathalon and Sports Direct

Stop the throwaway culture of 'festival tents'

Stop marketing tents as "Festival tents" and therefore encouraging single-use.

Advertise on all packaging that tents can be used multiple times, and only sell tents that are built to last longer than a single muddy weekend.

Why is this important?

More than 250,000 tents get left behind at UK festivals every year including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds.

The average tent is mostly made of plastic - which is equivalent to 8,750 straws or 250 pint cups.

But some of the UK's biggest sports and leisure retailers are still advertising tents as 'festival tents,' which gives the impression that you only need to use them once.

There is a myth that tents left behind when people leave the festival are collected and handed to charities. The reality is that the huge majority don't and will ultimately end up in landfill.

With more and more festivals pledging to go plastic free and climate crisis on more and more people's minds, urgent action needs to be taken, with the help of the UK's biggest retailers.

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Reasons for signing

  • We need to break the destructive nature of a disposable society. Suggestion: could these tents be donated to scouting assc, youth clubs, homeless shelters, schools etc? Or sold for £5 so people who couldn't normally afford a rent be able to buy one and discover the fun of camping.
  • Encouraging reuse reduce and recycle is better than use once! #savetheplanet
  • I remember the days before plastic hence we didn't have all these landfill sites.

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2019-07-03 06:03:21 +0100

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