Over the years, Australia has witnessed many music festivals that have captivated our imagination by enchanting us. Aussies certainly love all genres of music and don’t miss out on an opportunity to indulge in art and culture.
Among the big names for music festivals in Melbourne, Babylon earned a quick name for itself since its launch in 2017. A bush doof roughly three hours away from Melbourne CBD in Carapooee West was the hotspot last February 23 2018. I decided to embark on a journey and explore the enchanting experience the festival had to offer.
Coming from an industrial background of working with eco-friendly companies, I was particularly curious about the sustainable initiatives in place. I personally uphold protecting the environment as my core value and decided to see if I could have an eco-friendly festival without sucking all the fun out of the experience..
We often don’t realise the carbon foot-print we leave behind by the pollution caused from our vehicles harming our environment. It’s sad to see how many people drive up there with just two or three passengers in their cars and SUVs, completely ignoring the amount they contribute to pollution via carbon emissions, which ultimately harms the environment.
I had the options to drive with my mates or use the festival bus transportation service called “Banana Bus”, which takes passengers to the festival and back for a mere $90. Considering the environmental aspect of my journey, my choice was clear enough.
Banana Bus is a great option designed to reduce the hassle of transportation to these festivals. With 15 pick-up locations throughout Melbourne, you don’t have to drag your luggage to the city to catch a transport. It’s also a safer mode of transport as you don’t run the risk of driving back tired after an exhausting weekend in the dust.
Oh Yes! Oh Yes! Babylon Babylon!
The festival was alive and buzzing – you could feel the energy right from the get-go. The magic of Babylon extends far beyond this article, as words are not enough to describe the experience.
The night skies were shining bright with stars that lit up the canvas of flowing clouds. The atmosphere was electric, with love and humility filling the air. Apart from the amazing lineups of artists across the three main stages, there was so much going on that it was impossible to keep a track of everything around me. Laser lights beaming, techno tunes bumping, and crowd cheering was all one could hear throughout the night.
The food truck options were amazing; there was a vast range of delicious food options available at very affordable prices. The festival was very well organised with many vollies always available to help people as they enjoyed the festival over the three days.
It was even better that I got to see sustainable initiatives undertaken by the organisers to ensure that they returned the land in the state of which they found it in. A team of volunteers collected waste were deployed at all times that helped keep the camping grounds and dance floors clean who also encouraged active participation.
Everyone contributed towards keeping the environment clean and cleaning after themselves. Little did I know, though, that haystacks are actually a comfortable seating arrangement which are completely eco-friendly and don’t add to the carbon foot-print.
There were recycle bins located throughout the camp site which made it very easy to locate one and dispose off the waste. The Sustainability Initiatives page on their website talks more about all the green initiatives taken by Babylon to ensure they maintained and preserved the beauty of Victoria.
In spite of all the efforts and initiatives taken by Babylon and the volunteers to maintain the pristine beauty of Carapooee, there were still going to be 5000-plus people gathering for a festival. Waste was inevitable.
Many products/disposables that we use for camping and music festivals are non-degradable that add up to the landfill increasing the carbon foot-print and cause harm to our environment.
Eco-friendly alternatives are usually expensive, making the switch hard and not easy on our pockets, but there are affordable alternatives that you can purchase to lessen your waste output. Ecosoulife provides many of these products, and I’ve taken the liberty to list some products that I highly recommend for you.
The Bio-sip cup is manufactured using one of the most sustainable raw materials in nature, as bamboo is a renewable, plant-based, raw material. Bamboo is a fast-growing plant that can be harvested without destroying the plant. The bio-sip cup is made using zero oil-based plastic and coloured using natural plant extracts. This reusable bio-degradable coffee cup also comes is a variety of attractive colours and with a larger size at 20 Oz. When buried, these products return to nature without harming the environment. The silicon strip used for the grip is 100% recyclable and can be recycled upon the end of the product life.
This Ecosoulife cup served me well as I enjoyed my hot beverages over the three days using this Bio-sip cup. The grip is also firm, and you can hold tight without any danger of getting a burn. The colour was great, too, and any stains would quickly disappear with a single wash.
Ecosoulife cornstarch is a guilt-free and affordable solution to plastic, paper and Styrofoam. It’s made from natural cornstarch material and once buried in the ground degrades within 6-12 months.
These plates are lightweight and sturdy which make them ideal for your camping trips. Big enough to fit a wholegrain sandwich, these plates are great for one time use with no guilt of them ending up in landfill.
These cups are a great alternative to single-use plastic cups which are usually seen all over any outdoor camp site. With similar properties and raw material to the cornstarch side-plate, these cups are a great way to keep you hydrated through the festival.
Unlike paper, these cups are sturdy enough for you to rinse with water and reuse. I don’t know what it is, but my OJ tasted much better in these eco-friendly cups. Maybe it was because I knew I wouldn’t be contributing more plastic to the environment!
Onto 2019, Babylon!
The festival was a great experience. It was my first but certainly not my last. I am excited to see what the future holds and where this road leads me.
Let me know what you think about this article in the comments section below or if you had any suggestions that could help us spread awareness about sustainability. Stay green, folks!