Everyone loves a music festival. Spending a few days out in a field with a bunch of your best mates and a stack of your favourite bands, kicking back with a drink and catching some great music, and spending time time in the great outdoors with your tent and camping setup.
But of course, all good things must come to an end, and at the end of your festival weekend -- when you're tired, hungover, dirty and broke -- the very last thing you want to do is have to pack down and fold up your muddy, ripped tent. Maybe that's why so many festival-goers simply abandon their cheap fabric tents, hastily bought at the local department store or army surplus store, in the field. Walk through any festival site and you'll see the debris of a thousand leftover and abandoned tents, standing lonely and sad in the aftermath.
It's why Dutch company Kartent has launched, putting together an "eco-friendly" tent made of cardboard.
Kartent claims one in four people leave their festival tent behind, due to some combination of damage, the cheap cost of basic tents, and sheer laziness. The cardboard tents can deal with water (as the company showed in the above video, where they put the tent through a carwash as a test), and Kartent claims it can hold four times its weight in water.
"Due to its effective design and use of materials, the cardboard structure is able to absorb up to 400 percent of its own weight in water and can retain its integrity even in wet conditions, as was proved at some very rainy events last year. It is more energy-efficient in production, emitting just half the amount of carbon dioxide of a traditional tent, and is completely recyclable after use," Kartent said in a release.
The company has tested its tents through the European festival circuit, and it's coming down under this year. The cardboard tents are an accommodation option at the Yours and Owls festival in Wollongong, NSW, in September. The local council will recycle the tents are garden mulch after the festival.
"We know it will provide a hassle free, environmentally friendly accommodation option for music festival punters to enjoy the October long weekend in Wollongong," said Yours and Owls director Balunn Jones.
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