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Sustainability


Sustainability

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Sustainability


Sustainability

Splore is a trailblazer in the world of sustainable events. 

Thanks to the Splorers (that's you), together we create a party like no other, based on respect, doing good (and feeling great) and having a bloody good time.

When we all come together, Splorers create magic. 

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from eliminating single-use, plastic cups and water bottles, to working closely with Tapapakanga’s iwi, Ngāti Paoa  and Ngāti Whanaunga. Splore is a member of the Sustainable Business Network and is proud to be the first festival in Aotearoa to win the international ‘A Greener Festival Award’ for our trailblazing initiatives.

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Make 'Choice' Choices


Make 'Choice' Choices

Make 'Choice' Choices


Make 'Choice' Choices

Plastic Glitter and Glowstick FREE
Glitter is made of tiny pieces of plastic mixed with shiny metals like aluminium. When you swim it floats away and ends up in a fish’s stomach. Try compostable alternatives (Auckland’s BodyFX will be stocking bio-glitter at Splore); or don a sparkle-heavy costume to shine the night away.

Most glow sticks and bracelets end up split open and painted on sunburnt bodies (bad idea - major skin irritant). 100% end up in landfill after just one night. Desperate to glow? Try UV body paint (remove before bed or going swimming).

Cultural appreciation, not appropriation
Thank you for leaving your Native American headdresses at home. These garments have huge spiritual significance and are trivialised every festival season. In some tribes every single feather represents an act of bravery.  

Cultural appreciation is wonderful but cultural appropriation is not. 

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BYOB - Bring your own water bottle!
Two minutes to drink, hundreds of years to decompose. To make plastic bottles in the US, more than 17 million barrels of oil (a nonrenewable resource that fuels global warming) are used - the same amount needed to keep a million cars going for a year.  

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Buy once, buy well (or borrow)
Think about what goes into your products that you buy and whether they will end up in the bin in six months’ time. This website stocks some of the products you should only need to buy once. If you don’t have what you need for Splore, don’t buy a cheap, badly-made version.

Just borrow it!
You’ll have lots of chances to make ethical purchases from our vendors, many of whom give new life to products by selling beautiful second hand clothing and recycled or up-cycled goods. 

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Leave No Trace


Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace


Leave No Trace

In the last 30 years one third of the planets resources have been consumed. 99% of materials used in products are discarded within six months of their sale. Let's be smarter about what we're buying. 

At Splore we are working hard to achieve zero waste

Last year each person who came to Splore created 2.6kg of wasted resources. Sadly, this was up 37% from 2015, however, we diverted 72% of this away from landfill using our Splore resource systems.

We help you sort your resources on site so please don’t drop anything on the ground. Keep the park beautiful, and if you see a can lying around please pick it up.

Precycling

Precycling is the practice of seeking to reduce consumer waste by buying unpackaged, reusable or recyclable products and using one's own bags, etc. 

Please put your plastic-free kai into reusable containers before you come to Splore.  

Go on, get your products NAKED. 
Refuse products that come wrapped in plastic; buy bread from a bakers in a paper bag; leave your plastic cucumber wraps at the supermarket - send a message you don’t want plastic. 

Avoid single use plastics
Single-use plastics include plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws and packaging, or any plastic item intended to be used once then discarded. These plastics have a toxic impact on humans, animals and the environment.

Give a Shit! 
Beautiful Relieve composting toilets turn human waste into “humanure” - and provide a more pleasant festival restroom experience! 
From our 10 composting toilets at Splore we diverted 250kg of fertiliser (for a native plant nursery), and 1200L of urea (agricultural fertiliser). PLUS we save over 1500L of fresh drinking water from waste transportation to the sewage treatment plant thus reducing greenhouse gases (less transport required). 
We need more composting loos! Can you help us? info@splore.net  

Reusables with Globelet
Sadly until 2012 we sent over 55,000 single use cups to waste! We decided to introduce a reusable cup called a Globelet. You can grab a Globelet at any places selling cold drinks. Globelets cost $3, and you’ll get a $1 refund when you return it to the Globelet tent. Meanwhile the Splore Globelet story goes on and, since the festival, Splore Globelets have been spotted being reused at family picnics and events all around the motu!  

Camp Kaitiaki
Keep an eye out for our friendly Camp Kaitiaki. These guys and girls are kind of like campsite hosts. They’ll sort you out with some bags for your ‘resources’ (one for recycling and one for compostables) and give you a hand with anything else you might need!  

 

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Reduce The Gas


Reduce the Gas

Reduce The Gas


Reduce the Gas

Cutting the CO2
The planets heating up fast and it's having major implications - cyclones, rising oceans, ocean acidification it’s all pretty scary stuff. 

Getting to Splore
90% of us drive to work by ourselves. Our 3.1 million cars and vans are responsible for 12 per cent of annual greenhouse gas emissions. Thank you for carpooling! Since 2012 we’ve increased the number of people per car by more than 88%, from 1.7 to 3.2 per car!  

Carpooling
Let’s fix it! Spare seat? Need a lift? Jump onto our rideshare Facebook group.

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No-Fuss Bus
You can also jump aboard the Splore Express Bus - there’s no waiting in the queue, you can have a drink in the sun on Sunday and there’s plenty of space for all your gear. We’ve teamed up with Uber to give you a 20% discount to and from the bus. 

Splore is continually searching for ways we can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and incorporate more renewable energy into our festival - if you have any ideas let us know on info@splore.net

Sunny tunes
The Sunsonics solar sound system is back again this year using 100% renewable energy to bring amazing sound quality to the Red Bull Bar!

Gull Biodiesel
Onsite we use Gull biodiesel in all of our vehicles and generators. Fish and chipperies around the country unite to donate their used cooking oil to Gull who put it in a blend of 20% oil and 80% diesel. 

Thank you so much for thinking ahead and reducing the amount of resources that you bring into Splore so we can continue to #LeaveNoTrace. 

 

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Respect - Whakaute


Respect - Whakaute

Respect - Whakaute


Respect - Whakaute

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Water
Every drop of water is precious and we are amidst a hot dry summer. 
Drink your fill from our drinking water taps – remember to bring a reusable water bottle!
Turn off taps, rinse off in the moana and the lagoon and please be dope, use no soap (look after the creatures that live here, no shampoo please).

People
He aha te mea nui ō te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. 

What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, the people, the people.

Be a kind Splorer - Help others; look out for and love each other; be part of the solution. 

Build community
Splore is helping to build community by strengthening our links with like-minded individuals and groups including Ngati Paoa and Ngati Whanaunga (who hold mana whenua in Tapapakanga), the solar-powered Wash Against Waste crew who help us clean and reuse our dishes (thus reducing landfill waste of single-use cups) and locals like Lawrence the ranger, who is taking our food scraps for his chooks.  

We also send a big shout out to other festivals that are trying to make the space more exciting, innovative and trailblazing. We love the work of Shambala, Luminate and Boom - and local resource heroes like Beyond the Bin and Whaingaroa’s Xtreme Zero Waste and of course the team at Globelet for making a reusable future a reality today!

Keep the site clean
Spotted a campsite in desperate need of a clean? Messy neighbours? Help Splore to get sorted and lead by example. Or let one of our team members know and we’ll come to the rescue!

Let’s all contribute to a connected, vibrant and dynamic Splore community.

Our volunteers
Every year we have a magic crew of volunteers who help us run things at Splore - from staffing the bins and helping people sort their resources, through to the team at the information desk and our wandering Camp Kaitiaki. Click here if you want to be part of the crew.

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Feel Great Doing Good


Feel Great Doing Good
 

Feel Great Doing Good


Feel Great Doing Good
 

  • Keep clean, have a bloody good time. Sustainability is sexy - and it makes you feel good to help others so get involved
  • Hug a stranger
  • Rescue a plastic bottle from the ocean
  • Pick up a stray can lying on the whenua and recycle it
  • Respect diversity - difference makes us stronger

    Together we create a beautiful revolution.
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Do it Errday


Do it Errday

Do it Errday


Do it Errday

Think of Splore as a testing ground. There’s no reason why you can’t keep chatting to your neighbours, pre-cycling, caring for people and the world around us and demanding a better world.

You’re worth it, Splorer! Keep spreading the love.