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These cardboard tents are out to reduce festival waste

While most music festivals set out to preach about being eco-friendly, the sea of cheap, left-over tents that are often left behind at the end of the event often serve to dilute that message.

Sure, a place like Black Rock Desert – the site of Burning Man – is completely removed and leaves no trace at the end of that week-long party, but more often than not, it’s left to festival organisers to clean up a huge mess, with thousands of synthetic tents simply ending up in a landfill site.

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It’s an issue that KarTent are aiming to tackle head-on with an astoundingly simple solution…

Cardboard tents!

Billing themselves as “the revolution on the festival camping [sic]”, this Dutch company decided to tackle the issue of wasted tents after discovering that “one out of four people leave their tent behind on the various campsites worldwide”.

So they invented KarTent – a temporary form of accommodation, designed specifically for festivalgoers, made out of cardboard.

Each tent is large enough to sleep two people, although neither of you will have to do any of the set up, with the company bringing your enviro-friendly accom to the venue for you.

Then, because it’s cardboard, you get to decide whether you’d like to liven it up a bit by drawing, painting or throwing glitter all over the thing (although maybe not with glitter if you’re actually worried about the environment).

Once you’re done with it, it simply goes in the recycling bin – way better than ending up as more plastic destroying our oceans.

Of course, when your product is aimed primarily at revellers based in Europe – which can get pretty damp at night, even in the summer months – it’s no good if it can’t withstand the rain, so they create the tents from long wood fibres to help make it water resistant.

As for those who are hitting up an event where the bigger concern is the sun beating down in the morning, causing you to wake up early in a pool of your own sweat, these dark structures block out the rays.

Which ensures a cooler night’s (or morning’s) sleep even in the Aussie sun.

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