Thanks to the Splorers (that's you) we create a party like no other, based on respect, doing good, feeling great and having a whole lot of fun.
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 sustainability initiatives.
Make 'Choice' Choices
Make 'Choice' Choices
NO GLITTER OR GLOW STICKS / GLOW JEWELLERY
Glitter is a micro-plastic - it's made of tiny pieces of plastic mixed with shiny metals like aluminium. When it ends up in the sea or on the land, it acts a pollutant and makes its way into the marine food chain. Try compostable 'bio-glitter' 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% of 'glow stuff' ends up in landfill after just one night. Desperate to glow? Try UV body paint (remove before bed or going swimming).
Cultural appropriation happens when a culturally important garment or sacred symbol is worn as a costume or fashion trend, and is stripped of its significance and context, especially when items from a minority culture are worn by someone from a colonial culture.
Culture is not a costume.
There’s a fine line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation: we ask Splorers to be mindful of your costume choices. While some people might call it politically correct, we just call it showing respect and love for your fellow humans!
There are plenty of ways to explore ritual, ceremony, mysticism, mana, and spirituality. Channel your powerful inner vibe: be bold, be subtle, be unexpected! Click here to read more.
BYOB - Bring your own water bottle
Two minutes to drink, up to 1000 years to break down. We don't sell single-use plastic water bottles onsite. Please BYO reusable water bottle and fill it up at our free water stations, or purchase a reusable Globelet water bottle onsite.
Buy well, buy once (or borrow)
Think about what goes into the products that you buy - will they 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. This goes for gumboots, rain jackets, chilly bins, air beds, tents.
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.
Leave No Trace
Leave No Trace
Waste is just a resource in the wrong place.
At Splore we are working hard to achieve zero waste: this means that we view residual materials as valuable resources which can be recovered, rather than unwanted material to throw away.
Last year each person who came to Splore created 3.5 kg of wasted resources. Sadly (and due to last years' weather bomb) this statistic was up 37% from 2016. In 2017, 46% of this waste was diverted from landfill using our Splore resource recovery systems - and this year, we're aiming to divert 85% of resources from landfill.
Our Zero Waste volunteers will help you sort your resources on site so please don’t drop anything on the ground. Help us to walk our sustainability talk: sort out your composting and recycling in the campsite and take it to our Zero Waste Hubs. If you see rubbish lying around please pick it up and dispose of it in the correct bin.
Precycling: get your camping pantry naked.
"Pre-cycling" is the practice of seeking to reduce consumer waste by buying unpackaged, reusable or recyclable products and using your own bags and containers to package food.
Please put your plastic-free kai into reusable containers before you come to Splore.
Refuse products that come wrapped in plastic; buy bread from a bakers in a paper bag; leave your plastic cucumber wrappers and other unnecessary packaging at the supermarket - this will send a powerful message to retailers that you don’t want plastic.
Avoid single-use plastics
Single-use plastics include plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, food packaging, coffee cups and lids - any plastic item intended to be used once then discarded. These plastics have a toxic impact on humans, animals and the environment. Please don't bring single-use plastic items to Splore.
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? email@example.com
Globelet: the reusable cup revolution
Since 2012, Splorers have prevented more than 250,000 single use plastic drink cups being sent to landfill, by using reusable Globelet cups.
Purchase your Globelets onsite for $3 and swap it for a clean Globelet at any bar or food vendor. Receive a $1 refund when you return your Globelet to the Globelet tent, or keep it as a souvenir!
Compostable packaging only
Our food vendors are permitted to sell food in compostable serveware only. Please dispose of all serveware including plates, bowls, cutlery and cups in the green compost bins onsite.
Keep an eye out for our friendly Camp Kaitiaki. These guys and girls are modern day campsite power rangers. Working alongside Camp HQ and the Zero Waste team, Camp Kaitiaki play an important role in keeping the campsites running smoothly. 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.
Zero Waste volunteers
Our Zero Waste volunteers are an integral part of Splore’s mission to achieve zero waste to landfill. You'll find these super humans at bin stations throughout the festival site, and at the Leave No Trace Hubs. We run a three bin system at Splore for Compostable packaging & Food Waste, Recyclables and Waste to Landfill. Please help our volunteers to help you: if you get stuck, ask for help.
Reduce the Gas
Reduce the Gas
Cutting the CO2
The planet is heating up fast and it's having major implications - wild weather, cyclones, rising sea levels, ocean acidification... it’s all pretty scary stuff.
20% of New Zealand's greenhouse gas emissions come from transport. 90% of us drive to work alone.
So, what can we do to be part of a solution? The obvious answer is to take shared transport to Splore.
Since 2012 we’ve increased the number of people per car by more than 88%, from 1.7 to 3.2 people per car! Got a spare seat? Need a lift? Jump onto the Splore Carpool Club.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sunsonics solar sound system is back again this year using 100% renewable energy to bring amazing sound quality to the Orchard Thieve's Foxes Den.
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 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. 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 and especially no products with micro beads!
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.
There is absolutely no place for verbal, physical or sexual harassment at Splore. "No" means no!
Make sure you have permission before getting all up in someone's grill: if you're not sure, ask if you can touch someone or give them a hug. Remember: consent is an enthusiastic YES.
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).
We also send a big shout out to other festivals who are walking along side us, and inspiring us with their exciting, innovative and trailblazing events. We love the work of Shambala, Luminate and Boom.
Keep the festival site clean
Spotted a campsite in desperate need of a clean? Messy neighbours? Help your fellow Splorers to get sorted - lead by example. Or let one of our team members know and we’ll come and muck in.
Together we can all contribute to a connected, vibrant and dynamic Splore community.
Do it Everyday
Do it Everyday
Think of Splore as a testing ground. There’s no reason why you can’t keep chatting to your neighbours, pre-cycling, composting, caring for people and the world around us and making choices which create a better world.
You’re worth it, Splorer! Keep spreading the love.