It had been on the list for many many years, finally, with great company and my wildthingsgallery Tipi, we were on our way, to the beginning - of the rainbow.
Friday started off with a bang, literally. It was hot, dry, windy and cloudy… suddenly lightning struck a hill just 400m from the camping, starting a blazing fire up on the very dry hill. The skies went black with ash and cloud as confused faces wandered into the laneways of campsites. I’m sure the party was going off inside - I turned to Tash and said “whats the evacuation plan in a place like this?” Just moments later the rain started to pour, fire engines screeched in and the blaze was put out. The heavens opened up, the sun shone through the clouds... and as if it was all part of the show, a huge rainbow appeared followed closely by a hot and smokey pink sunset. Welcome to Rainbow.
I was blown away by incredible DJs and live acts, Cacao ceremonies, yoga, talks and more. Ive never come across so many amazing handmade stalls. From my new found love VESICA bottle, feather earrings, macrame necklaces and parasols and pirate hats. Morning Missions for coffee, Day Time Dancing and Nightfall Nonsense…I found myself tall, wandering through edible community gardens, nibbling on kale, i found myself small, inside artworks, inside pianos perhaps. I found myself up high climbing, down low dancing and in the middle under the misters at the market stage.
Natascha and I - inspired by Arnhems new eco-concious range - set out to make a conscious effort throughout the whole experience and (subtly) to get our friends on board.
Rainbow had made such a wonderful effort with separate, slightly comical bins, clearly labeled labeled ‘cans”, “recyclable plastics”, “bio-degradable/cardboard”, “compost”, and “total waste of resources” (non-biodegradable matter)
Some stalls had reusable cups and plates, which you could take back to the recycling centre, where you wash up your dishes and hand them back. We noticed theme camps we entered had signs warning patrons to please help them keep the stages “MOOP” free. (MOOP “matter out of place” a concept adopted from Burning Man.)
However, to be honest this didn't stop people from leaving a mess absolutely everywhere and this is what persuades me to write this. After seeing such a downright awesome effort to hold a waste-free festival, I saw far too many party-goers ignore the signs, literally, just leaving trash all about. On a greater scale, especially at festivals, we become a community because we all have something in common. A true love for music, art, community, dancing, expression, creativity, and more… it would be so wonderful if our compassion for the earth we live on started to become a common interest too.
It may not be appropriate to wander around every commercial music festival with a camping cup attached to your belt and a thermos bottle on hand for obvious reasons. My visit to Burning Man 2017 definitely taught, or reinforced a thing or two about how to harness sustainability and make eco-conscious while partying. It really makes a difference with these two things alone. Have your cocktails, Tea, Coffee, juice or smoothie in your cup, and fill your water bottle from the taps whenever you need. This idea was completely new to me last year, now suddenly this tiny little change has crept into my everyday life. I always use the same bottle, and have a beautiful ceramic keep-cup for my coffees.
Doing this will start to literally REDUCE the amount of rubbish you create from non-biodegradable packaging, REUSE cups, cutlery and your water bottle. RECYCLE anything and EVERYTHING that you possibly can in the correct manner. It feels GOOD!
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