Without the beauty of the Aussie bush, Elements wouldn’t have a place to call home. We are so thankful for the lush, natural landscape we get to build our world in; the grass that softens our steps, the trees that give us shade, the sun that warms our faces, and the little creatures that share their habitat with us. Having been given so much, the least we can do is leave their home in mint condition when it’s time for us to return to ours.
We ask that you share in our deep respect for the environment and leave your camping area as clean as you found it. This means taking responsibility for any rubbish you see, whether you dropped it or not. We have numerous bins spread throughout the festival grounds and a piece of dropped rubbish is someone else’s oversight but your opportunity to do a solid for nature. It takes only a few seconds, but then you get to revel in the satisfaction of your good deed for as long as you want. If you see someone picking up rubbish, be sure to give them a high five to boost the good feels because the world needs more legends like that.
For the Elements world to be able to return to you, re-imagined, year after year, it is vital for us to be sustainable. We need to exist in harmony with the natural environment we reside in. This means more than just initiating and maintaining sustainable practices. We are committed to building on our initiatives so that each year we come away with better results than the last. While minimising environmental impact is important, we are aiming to actually have a positive effect on the local ecosystem.
In order to achieve this bold proposal, we have amped up our environmental initiatives for Elements Festival 2021. Our full list of initiatives will be available here soon! While we are putting in the hard yards to implement these plans, our world is a collaborative one and this is, perhaps, the most important part for you to get involved in. As you play through our landscape, we ask that you take an active role with our enviromental initiatives and sustainable practices.
This is the end - for single-use packaging
Elements Festival is taking a big step into the future in 2021 by banning all single-use food packaging and plastic bottles. Elements will provide each market with reusable Elements bottles which you can purchase and then fill up for free from the water stations you’ll find all over the site. Food will be served to you on reusable plates, bowls and containers. You pay a small deposit and get your funds back when you return them to the cleaning station. Easy!
Join the ReWash Revolution
One of the Core Values of Elements Festival is to support the environment that supports us. Though we have excellent infrastructure and dedicated teams in place to collect, sort, and recycle all rubbish produced at the festival, our goal is to cut waste off at the source.
In 2021, we’re taking a massive step towards this goal by embarking on a reusable wash and clean crockery cycle. Our first act of rebellion against waste is to eliminate single-use food and drink packaging from all Market Stalls at Elements Festival 2021 and beyond.
To make this possible, we are creating our own Elemental plates, bowls, cups, and cutlery. These will be sustainably produced from genuinely biodegradable materials, and we will have facilities on-site to hygienically clean the items, ready for reuse. You’ll pay a small deposit along with your meal purchase, and this will be refunded to you in full when you return the utensils to a wash station.
This initiative was inspired by the amazing efforts of Green Work Australia and Strawberry Fields (Victoria). Environmental preservation is a communal project. So, in constructing and implementing new initiatives, Elements combines our own research and development with work being done in other parts of the world, and crucially, with the input of our tribe.
If you have any eco-friendly ideas to put forward, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to info [at] elementsfestival.com.au and do your part to nurture the planet that so beautifully supports us all.
BYO BOTTLE | CUP
While it’s important to ensure you are all well-hydrated, single-use water bottles are problematic for the environment. All those involved in creating the Elements world will be using reusable bottles and we are asking you, our Elemental tribe, to get on board and Bring Your Own Bottle too. If you’re in need of a new one, we have created a limited run of super-practical, stainless-steel bottles, featuring beautiful Elements designs. These are available online in our merchandise section and may also be purchased mid-festival from the Info Tent. If you’re travelling light, you can fill up your reusable bottle at the water points we have spread throughout the map. If you’ve got the capacity, be sure to bring a reusable bulk water container for your camp. We’d love for you to join us in showing the world just how clean and responsible festival lovers can be.
Help us grow an Elemental forest
Elements is on a mission to do more than just minimise our impact on the environment. We’re aiming to be a net-positive contributor to the natural world, and we’re making it as easy as possible for you to get involved and share in the good vibes.
The Elements crew are in the final stages of arranging a tree-planting initiative, the first round of which will involve planting a tree for every 10 tickets sold. Elementals who wish to get involved will be able to take part in tree-planting workshops which we will be organising in partnership with other environmental groups.
This project is only the beginning. We are actively working on a suite of eco-initiatives, and we are always open to suggestions. If you have any ideas that you believe might help, please send an email to info [at] elementsfestival.com.au as we’d love to connect.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: carpooling is the best way to get out to the festival. Along with the money-saving benefits of pooling your travel funds, having fewer cars on the road and on site is better for the environment. Not only does carpooling cut back on emissions, it means we have fewer vehicles disturbing the land and the wildlife that inhabits it.
If you’re travelling light and don’t need a car, our shuttle bus may be the perfect way for you to get out to Elements Festival 2021. With one vehicle transporting a whole busload of Elementals out to site, this is the ultimate form of carpooling and takes the pressure off our natural habitat by reducing emissions and having fewer vehicles disturbing the environment.
As always, we will have a convenient rent a tent option for those of you who are travelling light. Be sure to like and follow our Facebook page so you’re notified as soon as our packages become available.
Your ticket into Elements Festival 2021 does not entitle you to leave rubbish all over the place for someone else to pick up. We’ve all seen the state that other events in Australia, and around the world, are left in. You, my friend, are above that kind of behaviour. As part of the Elemental tribe, we encourage you to get on board with our ethos of protecting the stunning ecosystem we are so lucky to call home. And we make it super easy for you by providing plenty of rubbish bins, clearly categorised into landfill, compost, and recycling. We also have a massive recycling station set up on the festival grounds.
Our on-site waste management system is one of our favourite new upgrades rolling out in the 2021 edition of Elements Festival. All waste will be filtered, sorted, and managed according to its type. We’ll then be transporting it off-site to sustainable landfills, compost, and recycling stations. This gives us greater control over what goes where, ensuring that all of the fun had at Elements Festival is eco-friendly and sustainable.
Respecting the natural environment we get to party in is an absolute must if we wish to be able to do this for years to come. So, we ask that you get on board with our recycling program and take advantage of the easy-to-use recycling station’s we’ll have set up at key locations around the festival site.
In addition to the pre-existing toilet blocks, we will have composting toilets available for you to use. Not only does this eliminate those dreaded toilet line-ups, it is yet another way we can give back to the environment. Who would’ve thought your pee and poo could be so useful? While it’s a hazard if distributed recklessly, when deposited within one of our composting toilets even your most hideous post-party production will be converted into nourishing food for the Earth.
Elements has enlisted a dedicated crew of eco warriors who will be wandering the campgrounds pre- and post-festival. Though they may be warriors, these friendly folk are as sweet as they come. They’ll be handing out bin bags and cigarette ash tins to anyone who needs them. You can also hit them up for advice and suggestions on how to reduce your waste while on site and be conscious of your waste management. So, make sure you give them some love for this wonderful service they provide!
LEAVE NO TRACE
Our leave no trace ethos is as simple as it sounds: be gentle with the environment, be conscious of your actions, and leave the landscape as clean as it was when you arrived. To make it as easy as possible for you to achieve this, here are our top tips:
- Plan ahead, bring only the essentials, go for items with minimal/recyclable packaging and pack plenty of bin bags.
- Employ the “one touch” rule: as soon as you’re done with something, find a bin and get rid of it. We have plenty all through the site so this shouldn’t be hard.
- Crush cans and boxes to maximise space in bins.
- When you’re on the dancefloor, don’t be lazy and just drop your rubbish. It takes a few seconds to get it to one of the many bins around the dancefloors and your fellow Elementals will thank you for keeping the space clean!
- If you see someone else’s rubbish on the ground, be a legend and put it in the bin for them. And if you see someone being a legend and picking up someone else’s trash, give them a high five because no good deed should ever be ignored.
We encourage you to take these behaviours home with you when you leave the Elements world as they will make you one kickass member of the community.
CRUSH YA CANS
We admit we can get a bit preachy about all this “take responsibility for your rubbish” business. But it’s only because we care so much. To take a bit of the pressure off and make doing the right thing fun, we’re installing can crushers with our recycling bins so you can crush ya cans.
BIN YA BUTTS
If you have rubbish, don’t drop it until your hand is over a bin. This is especially true of cigarette butts. We understand that it’s gross to have a bunch of loose, smelly butts in your pocket. To be fair, though, you’re the one who smoked them. Nature had nothing to do with it so you’re the one who needs to suck it up and deal with it. Harsh but fair. While they’re a bit of an inconvenience for you, they are a toxic fire hazard to the environment that can take up to ten years to break down. The solution? Butt bins. You can make one out of literally any small container that fits in your pocket. If you don’t have one, we got you. Head over to the Festival Info Tent and collect a complimentary Butt Bin container or ask the Eco Warrior teams!
CLEAN YA CAMP
Elements Staff, Volunteers and our Earth Warriors will be wandering through the campsites all weekend collecting rubbish, so be sure to have your campsite clean and we’ll take your full bin bags and give you some freshies. This will make life easier for you when the time comes to pack up and go home. We look after you like that.