Splorers are a Mindful Tribe of Party Animals — people who know how to have a damn good time while respecting the environment and our Splore family. Thanks to you we create a party like no other: based on kindness, doing good, feeling great and having a whole lot of fun. When we all come together, Splorers create magic.
We practice what we preach, and work closely with Tapapakanga’s iwi, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga, to honour this beautiful land. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, from eliminating single–use plastic cups and water bottles, to keeping campsites clean and sorted with the help of our Camp Kaitiaki.
Splore is a trailblazer in the world of sustainable events. We’re a member of the Sustainable Business Network and we’re proud to be the first festival in Aotearoa to win the international A Greener Festival Award for our sustainability initiatives.
The big picture stuff: vibe, culture, and protecting the environment.
We’re proud to have honest,
in–depth, creative waste minimisation strategies, and we keep building on them year after year.
Sustainability starts at home. What you put in your bag makes a big difference.
Get the dirty on our systems, strategies, and statistics.
LOVE THIS PLACE
LOVE THIS PLACE
Ko Papatuanuku te whaea o te whenua
It’s a privilege to party on this sacred whenua, Tapapakanga. We are very thankful to the iwi who have mana whenua over this site, Ngāti Paoa and Ngāti Whanaunga, and to their ancestors. They give us their blessing to be here. Please be kaitiaki (caregivers) of this place and take pride in being here as part of the Splore community.
Waste is just a resource in the wrong place
We’re working hard to achieve Zero Waste, meaning that we choose to see any leftover stuff as valuable resources needing a new home, rather than as unwanted waste to throw away. Throwing something away just means you’ve passed on responsibility for your trash to someone else, and this mythical away is usually a landfill. We’re keen to change that reality.
Culture is not a costume
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. We ask Splorers to be mindful of their costume choices, and to be understanding when people ask for sensitivity around garments that hold a place of honour in their cultural heritage. There’s a fine line between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation, and it’s an ongoing conversation we can have together as a community. 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 this year’s theme Celebration without crossing any cultural boundaries. Channel your powerful inner spirit: be bold, be subtle, be unexpected!
Our guardians of the vibe
Keep your eyes peeled for our roving Camp Kaitiaki, modern–day campsite power rangers who will be your new best pals. 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. With many a trick up their sleeves, chat to the Camp Kaitiaki if you’ve got any questions or dramas.
LEAVE NO TRACE
LEAVE NO TRACE
It’s easy to sort out your compost and recycling at your campsite and take it to our Zero Waste Hubs. Think ahead and try to get most of your rubbish sorted and dropped off early, so we can avoid sorting through panic piles of mixed resources on Sunday. Our sorting truck will be making its way through the campsites on Saturday morning and afternoon, so keep an eye out for this convenient tent–side pickup service. And if you see something on the ground, please pick it up and help it find its way into the right bin.
Good neighbours build good communities, no matter how temporary. Got messy neighbours? Spotted a campsite in desperate need of a clean? Work together to help them to get sorted, or let one of our team members know and we’ll come and help them. There are plenty of composting, recycling and landfill bins on site, and if you need a hand, our Zero Waste volunteers and Camp Kaitiaki will happily help you figure things out.
Help us walk our sustainability talk
The compostable packaging conundrum returns to Splore 2019. Our food vendors only sell food in compostable serveware, in an effort to minimise the amount of plastic waste we send to the recyclers. Sounds good? The sneaky problem is, all of these compostable dishes and cups and cutlery are still single–use and eat up valuable resources from our planet. And compostable serveware is still a plastic: a plant based plastic that has to be commercially composted to break down properly. This means heating it above 60°C at 90% humidity for over two weeks. We make sure all of Splore’s compostable waste goes to a commercial composting facility in Tuakau, and gets the treatment it needs before it goes back to the earth.
But we know that the magical place we call Splore is a bubble, and most people in New Zealand don’t have access to a commercial composting facility. So the compostable or biodegradable packaging we feel good for using in our everyday lives most likely still ends up in landfill. It’s confusing and wasteful, and it distracts us from our real aim: eliminating all single–use products.
We are dreaming and scheming up a solution to the compostable conundrum, and it looks like this: Splore’s first ever reusable, washable food dishes trial. Selected vendors will be selling their food on reusable, washable plates and bowls, which can be returned to the Globelet tent when you have finished your meal. They’ll be washed and recirculated. It’s our best answer right now to a tricky situation, and we hope to roll it out Splore–wide in future years.
The breakdown on commercial composting
Since 2014, Splorers have prevented more than 250,000 single use plastic drink cups being sent to landfill by using reusable Globelet cups. Globelets are made of washable, reusable, recyclable plastic. At Splore 2019, we’ll primarily be using Globelets from previous Splores. Bring your own vintage Globelet to Splore and show it how we party in 2019 – as always you’ll be able to swap your used Globelet for a clean Globelet on site, and receive a $1 refund when you return your Globelet to the Globelet tent at the end of the festival.
A revolution in reusable cups
We’re bringing the popular composting toilets back to Splore 2019. These bio loos turn human waste into safe, handy humanure – and provide a more pleasant festival bathroom experience!
But we can’t get enough! We’re keen for more composting toilets at Splore. If you can help us in our mission, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ones and twos can really add up
Want not, waste not
The maths is pretty simple: less rubbish is less rubbish! Smart recycling starts at the shops. Avoid buying things wrapped in plastic and excess packaging, or take it one step further by peeling away all the unnecessary bits and leaving them at the store. Bring your essentials in reusable containers instead, and make a powerful statement about the kind of world you want to live in.
Make planet–friendly choices when you sparkle and glow
Don’t let the gleam of glitter blind you from a huge tiny shiny problem. Micro–plastics are messing with marine life, and glitter is no exception. Our mates at BodyFX will be stocking compostable dissolvable degradable super cool bio–glitter at Splore, so you can shine responsibly. Or, raid your local op–shop for vintage sequins and sparkles.
Glow sticks and bracelets are single–use plastic tubes filled with nasty chemicals. It’s a lot of toxic waste to make for just one night of shine. Instead, maybe try adding UV body paint or solar–powered fairy lights to your Splore looks.
Quench your thirst without the waste
You won’t find us selling any single–use plastic water bottles. We think anything that takes a long time to break down should have a properly useful life first. One hour of hydration shouldn’t cost the environment a thousand years of slow–degrading plastic. We’ll have reusable bottles for sale, but it’s even better to bring your own. Pop it in your backpack, strap it to your belt, turn it into a necklace — and putting your phone number on your bottle helps keep it out of lost and found. There’s free fresh water available all over the site, so whatever you do, make sure you BYOB.
Cheap gear can have a hidden cost
Cheap often means disposable. Having a fully–kitted–out campsite can be fun, but will that gazebo be in the rubbish heap at the end of the Splore? If you don’t have what you need, try borrowing from a friend or buying quality second hand. If you do need to buy new gear, it’s actually cheaper in the long run to buy something high quality that will go the distance. And less is more! All you need to have a great Splore is a sturdy place to sleep and a good attitude. We provide the rest!
We run Splore on a Zero Waste philosophy, where 'waste' is viewed as a resource which can be recovered, rather than unwanted material to throw away. Where possible, we find a good home for all our resources, so they can continue to have a useful life. To achieve our Zero Waste goals and continually reduce what goes to landfill, we separate our resources into recyclables (cans, plastic, glass, cardboard, paper, metal, wood), compostable resources (food, and the compostable cutlery and serveware our vendors use) and waste to landfill. We have been working with our waste contractor Clean Event since 2014, and together we’ve developed sophisticated systems to minimise our collective environmental footprint.
You can't manage what you don't measure! Every year we run an audit of the resource streams on site. In 2017, each Splorer created 3.5kg of wasted resources. Last year this figure was reduced to 2.8kg. 74% of these resources were diverted from landfill using our Splore resource recovery processes, well above the UK festival average of 32%. This year, we're aiming to divert 85% of resources from landfill.
And from our 10 composting toilets at Splore 2018, we diverted 250kg of fertiliser to a native plant nursery, and 1200L of urea as agricultural fertiliser. Plus we saved over 1500L of fresh drinking water from being wasted through toilet processing systems.