Love This Place #LeaveNoTrace
Love This Place #LeaveNoTrace
Ko Papatuūānuku te whaea o te whenua.
Papatūānuku is the earth mother. Honour the whenua.
It is a privilege to party on this sacred whenua, Tapapakanga. We are very thankful grateful to the tangata whenua, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga, and their ancestors - the first occupants of this special place. They give us their blessing to be here. Please be kaitiaki (caregivers) and make us proud while we live here together as the Splore community.
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 our single-use, plastic cups and water bottles onsite, to introducing reusable serveware for our food, 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.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace
In the past three decades, one-third of the planet’s natural resources base have been consumed. Just 1% of our materials used in products are still around six months after their sale. These are wasted resources - let’s be smarter about what we are buying.
At Splore we are working really hard to do our bit by achieving zero waste.
Last year each person that came to Splore created 2.6 kilograms of resources - up 37% from last year. We diverted 72% of this away from landfill. Click here to read about our resource systems at Splore.
We will help you work out where the resources you have in your sweet little mitts need to go - but please don’t drop anything on the ground. Keep the park beautiful, and if you see a can lying around please pick it up.
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. Put your sexy, plastic-free kai into reusable containers before you come to Splore.
Bring a 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 is helping to fuel global warming) are used - the same amount needed to keep a million cars on the road for a year.
They are terrible for your health and the environment and are a waste of oil. Find out more here.
Give a Shit!
We want to provide the most pleasant pooing experience possible - which is why we use beautiful Relieve composting toilets which turn poos and wees into “humanure”. From our 10 composting toilets at Splore we diverted 250kg of fertiliser to be used in a native plant nursery, and 1200L of urea to be used as an agricultural fertiliser. PLUS we save over 1500L of fresh drinking water from being used to transport our poos and wees to the sewage treatment plant and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions (no water needs to be carted in and out of events and 70 compost loos fit on the same truck as 26 portaloos).
We wish there were more of these so we could choose these over chemical- and water-heavy portaloos. If you can help us email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reusables with Globelet
In 2012 we sent over 55,000 single use cups to landfill! We decided to introduce a reusable cup called a Globelet. You can grab a Globelet at any places selling cold drinks. Globelets cost $2, and you’ll get a $1 refund when you return it to the info tent.
This year we are introducing a trial of reusable plates and cups. This means we won’t be using compostable resources that can only be used once (even though they are being turned into compost).
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!
Keep an eye out for our friendly Camp Kaitiaki. These guys 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!
Cutting our CO2
The planets heating up and we’ve already risen 1 degree C above pre-industrial levels which is having major implications - cyclones, rising oceans, ocean acidification it’s all pretty scary stuff.
We’re going to look into ways that we can decrease the amount of fossil fuels we use - so watch this space!
The Sunsonics solar sound system is back again this year using 100% renewable energy to bring amazing sound quality to the Old Mout Cider Sun Shack.
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.
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.
Let’s fix it! Spare seat? Need a lift? Jump onto our rideshare Facebook group.
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. Just use the code LEAVENOTRACE to get to and from the bus stop.
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 email@example.com
Thank you so much for thinking ahead and reducing the amount of resources that you bring into Splore so we can continue to #LeaveNoTrace.
Respect - Whakaute
Respect - Whakaute
Every drop of water is precious and we are amidst a hot dry summer.
Drink your fill from our drinking water tankers – don’t forget your 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).
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 good Splorer - Help others; look out for and love each other; be part of the solution.
Splore is helping to build community by strengthening its 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 Globelets (thus reducing landfill waste of single-use cups) and locals like Lawrence the ranger, who is taking our food scraps for his chooks. Our artists on site even buy into our kaupapa and use recyclable, reusable materials where possible and low-VOC paints from Resene.
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.
Keep the site clean
Spotted a campsite in desperate need of a clean? Messy neighbours? Help Splore to get sorted. If we all work together and participate with positive actions then we all become a part of the solution that makes our world a better place to be. You can also let one of our team members know and we’ll come and help you or your new mates out. Or just pick it up with your neighbours and lead by example.
Let’s all contribute to a connected, vibrant and dynamic Splore community.
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. If you want to be part of the crew head to www.splore.net/participate for more information.
Make 'Choice' Choices
Make 'Choice' Choices
Glitter and Glowstick FREE
Glitter is made of miniscule 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). One hundred percent 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. They garments have huge spiritual significance and are trivialised every festival season. In some tribes every single feather represents an act of bravery. Cultural appreciation, wonderful; cultural appropriation, not.
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 upcycled goods.
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.
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.