Whether it's Latitude, Bestival or Wilderness, no summer is complete without a weekend spent stomping around in muddy wellies, covered in glitter and a cider in hand. However, packing for festivals is quite the art, especially when it comes to beauty, and even more so when you take into account the environmental impact of your product choices.
It’s no secret that our plastic problem is ruining the planet ( estimates that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year), and some of our festival staples are big culprits. Wipes, for instance, make up about 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages (according to ) and our much beloved glitter, essentially tiny fragments of plastic, are a huge danger for wildlife.
Change is afoot though with 61 music festivals signing the initiative to remove all single use plastic by 2021, and there’s a new breed of brands offering smart plastic-free solutions to all your festival needs.
These are our must-have picks for a plastic-free festival beauty routine...
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In the US alone, , enough to stretch around the Earth four times. While electric toothbrushes provide a viable solution at home, there not much use when you in a field without electricity.
Instead, opt for a biodegradable bamboo option like this one from Pearl Bar that will break down in six months. Plus, the charcoal infused bristles will leave teeth sparkling white and breath super fresh.
No festival is complete without a healthy serving of glitter but sadly these micro plastics are making their way into our seas where they’re being swallowed by marine animals. Panic not though, you can avoid the glitter guilt and use this biodegradable alternative from Disco Dust instead.
No one wants to waste precious shut eye (or miss their favourite band) while queuing in an endless line for the shower. Alternatively, for a quick freshen up use one of these wipes made from 100% biodegradable organic cotton.
Periods are a huge environmental issue with 2016 research from finding 20 tampons and sanitary items per 100 metres of shoreline. While inventions like the Moon Cup provide an eco-friendly solution, if your cycle falls while at a festival you’re probably going to want a more practical option. Opt for these tampons instead - they’re both plastic-free and biodegradable.
Potentially the chicest looking deodorant we’ve ever seen, this roll-on from Aesop is ocean-friendly with a glass tube and recycled plastic lid. Containing Zinc Ricinoleate, Wasabi extract, and a herbaceous blend of essential oils it will keep you smelling fresh too.
Considering you’ll be carting all your belongings (and booze) across muddy fields, streamlining your beauty bag and packing multi-use products is essential.
Case in point: this versatile balm from BYBI. Use for a hit of hydration on chapped lips, cuticles or flaky patches, or as a makeup booster to increase eyeshadow staying power, add sheen as a highlighter or stick down glitter. Even better, the 100% plastic free packaging is made from totally compostable sugarcane.
When your wearing make-up for long stints you want a breathable and lightweight base. Leave the heavy foundations at home and instead opt for a powder that subtly evens skin tone and controls shine. This one is housed in elegant metal packaging and thanks to Kjaer Weis’s stringent eco credentials you can buy refills instead of throwing away the beautiful compact.
When you crawl back to your tent at the early hours there’s no time to faff with double cleansing. Instead, you want a solution that’s quick and easy like a wipe. These coconut oil infused wipes from cult favourite RMS are both biodegradable and effectively remove stubborn make-up (including that dreaded glitter).
As Alexa Chung famously advised, there is no better way to disguise a hangover than with a bright lipstick. We’re fans of this vibrant pink hue from eco brand Axiology that is encased in a recyclable aluminium tube and packaged in a recycled paper box created by a women’s social enterprise in Bali.
Complete your teeth cleaning routine plastic-free with these solid toothpaste tabs from zero-waste pioneers, Lush. Simply nibble between teeth before brushing.