Comp-A-Tent is a compostable tent fit for festivals, aimed at tackling the impact of waste at festivals – 750,000 tents are sent to landfill or incineration.
Designed by Amanda Campbell, who developed the eco-friendly tent while studying architectural studies, Comp-A-Tent is made from non-finite, bio-based materials which are selected for their minimal environmental impact.
The new invention will save festival organisers in clear up costs, save the planet hundreds of tonnes of annual landfill waste and also cut carbon emissions as the tent is made from plant-based materials as opposed to non-renewable resources.
One-in-five tents, used just the once, are abandoned at music festivals across the EU. They end up in landfills, where they either never break down, or worse, leach toxins into the environment.
Comp-A-Tent’s compostable tents can be purchased with tickets for participating festivals in the UK. Tents are collected on site at the festival. Once they are finished with, the tents are taken down and handed back to the festival organisers.
The tents are then sent to a composting facility, where after 120 days it decomposes into CO2, water and fertile soil.
Comp-A-Tent founder Amanda Campbell said: “The idea is that it’s as near carbon neutral as possible. Things like transport will affect that and, at the moment, the only places that make bio plastics using renewable energy are very, very expensive. But in a few years’ time it will be more viable.”
Amanda Campbell, with the help of friend and designer Molkie, was inspired to create an environmentally friendly solution to festival waste after years of volunteering at festivals including Glastonbury, where she saw first hand the amount of waste, including tents, left by festival goers.
The inventor is aware that the tents could find use beyond festivals. She said. “I want to create humanitarian shelters and possibly even military tents, as well as looking at other products that are deemed disposable and see if they can be made in a more efficient way.
“I really want to prove that anyone can make a difference if they really try – that environmental issues can be tackled by everyone, not just the government.”
Comp-A-Tent has been trialled at small-scale festivals in the UK. A limited number of Comp-A-Tents will be on sale for use at selected festivals in the UK this summer.
The company will launch a crowdfunding campaign this summer for the larger-scale production of the tents for use by selected festivals during the summer season of 2018.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com