Does Your Current Lifestyle Pass The Test? 6 Things You Can Do To Have A Sustainable Living Lifestyle

Practicing a Leave No Trace ethic as part of a sustainable living lifestyle is quite straightforward: leave the place you are (or  visit) the same or better than you found it.

The Leave No Trace principles are familiar to most wild campers and adventurers. They provide guidance to enjoy our natural world in a sustainable way that avoids human-created negative impacts. We aim to apply them to the festival experience of Scapa Fest, and beyond, in our everyday life. Here are 6 things you can do today to make your lifestyle (even) more sustainable.

How to have a sustainable living lifestyle: Leave No Trace at Scapa Fest and beyond.


1/Plan ahead and prepare:

  • Use the Scapa Fest packing list provided.  Make lists ahead of time.
  • Prepare for the weather by layering clothes made out of natural fabric.
  • Pack carefully, taking only what is necessary.
  • Repackage food to minimise waste. Buy local food, use your own containers.

2/ Travel and camp on durable surfaces:

  • Cycle, car share or use public transport as much as possible.
  • Good campsites are found, not made. Do not alter the natural surroundings to set up camp.

3/ Dispose of waste properly and responsibly:

  • Pack it in, pack it out. Inspect your surrounding/campsite for rubbish. Pack out all rubbish for recycling and responsible disposal.
  • Use small amounts of biodegradable soap/shampoo.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes and scatter strained dishwater.

3/ Leave what you find:

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artefacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • If you are foraging for food or for medicinal purposes, only take less than 10% of the plant.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

4/ Minimise campfire impacts:

  • Where fires are permitted, use established BBQ or fire bowls.
  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

5/Respect wildlife:

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them. Do not feed them.

6/Be considerate of your neighbours and other visitors:

• Respect other visitors and protect the quality of their experience.
• Be courteous. Share your food and your resources with people around you.
• Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises.

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What are the 3 key takeaways to Leave no Trace at Scapa Fest as part of a sustainable living lifestyle?

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
For each item that you’re bringing to Scapa Fest (and into your daily life in general), think through how you’re going to dispose of it. Plan in advance how you are going to take your rubbish away with you. Best is to only pack things that don’t need disposed of.

2. Reduce Packaging
Bringing less in means having less to leave with. Decant and leave unnecessary packaging at home, as food often comes in layers of plastic and cardboard. Favour bulk and loose food. Pay attention to the camping gear you’re bringing. If it’s new, remove tags and packaging before arriving. Favour good quality second-hand items. Always use reusable items. The most sustainable item you can have is the one you already have.

3. Pick it up
Pick up anything and everything that’s not part of the camping field and the landscape.
No Trace really does mean no trace. Be conscious of very small things that may be dismissed as too small to be rubbish, such as matches, cigarette ends etc… Remember food waste such as orange peels or egg shells are also rubbish.

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