Your Go-To Guide for a Sensational and Sustainable Festival Season

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By Vicki Laninga

Summer just wouldn’t feel like summer without festivals. Music festivals, community festivals, food festivals: you name it, I love it. However, I’ve had my fair share of uncomfortable experiences (and sunburns). Festivals are home to some fond memories, but spending hours in the summer heat with shorter lines for the beer tent than for water is draining for even the most resilient among us.

Not-fun fact: festivals can be super wasteful. One glimpse of the grounds at literally any event will reinforce this instantly. Festivals seem to be the one place where littering is par for the course.

With the right tips, and the right gear, your festival season can be both a blast for you and better for the earth. Win-win right?

Let's State the Obvious: Drink Your Water

There will be no lectures here about drinking plenty of water: you’re a grown-up and you know that if you’re outside in the heat all day, you need to stay hydrated.

Look, who among us hasn’t bought an $8 bottle of water in a heat-fueled desperation? We all forget our reusables sometimes-- it happens to the best of us. However, that one plastic water bottle will take 450 years to decompose.

Break out your favourite reusable water bottle to make a small impact in saving the planet (and your wallet).

I opt to bring a smaller bottle to avoid the hassle of carrying larger sizes. My Asobu bottle still holds 16oz and has the same benefits as my other bottles (double-walled stainless steel to keep contents cold for up to 24 hours). Fun fact: it also has an easy-grip texture which makes it easier to hold onto when I inevitably start sweating in the heat.

Asobu White Urban Bottle ($19.99)

Let's State the Obvious: Drink Your Water

There will be no lectures here about drinking plenty of water: you’re a grown-up and you know that if you’re outside in the heat all day, you need to stay hydrated.

Look, who among us hasn’t bought an $8 bottle of water in a heat-fueled desperation? We all forget our reusables sometimes-- it happens to the best of us. However, that one plastic water bottle will take 450 years to decompose.

Break out your favourite reusable water bottle to make a small impact in saving the planet (and your wallet).

I opt to bring a smaller bottle to avoid the hassle of carrying larger sizes. My Asobu bottle still holds 16oz and has the same benefits as my other bottles (double-walled stainless steel to keep contents cold for up to 24 hours). Fun fact: it also has an easy-grip texture which makes it easier to hold onto when I inevitably start sweating in the heat.

Asobu White Urban Bottle ($19.99)

Let's State the Obvious: Drink Your Water

There will be no lectures here about drinking plenty of water: you’re a grown-up and you know that if you’re outside in the heat all day, you need to stay hydrated.

Look, who among us hasn’t bought an $8 bottle of water in a heat-fueled desperation? We all forget our reusables sometimes-- it happens to the best of us. However, that one plastic water bottle will take 450 years to decompose.

Break out your favourite reusable water bottle to make a small impact in saving the planet (and your wallet).

I opt to bring a smaller bottle to avoid the hassle of carrying larger sizes. My Asobu bottle still holds 16oz and has the same benefits as my other bottles (double-walled stainless steel to keep contents cold for up to 24 hours). Fun fact: it also has an easy-grip texture which makes it easier to hold onto when I inevitably start sweating in the heat.

Asobu White Urban Bottle ($19.99)

Keep Those Hands Clean

Outhouses are gross even when there’s still hand sanitizer available-- and real talk, we all know that the chances are good that they’ll run out halfway through the day.

Don’t get caught off-guard: make sure to have your own on hand (again, pun intended) so you can shamelessly scarf down that slice of pizza without worrying about germs.

I always have a bottle of the Dr. Bronners Lavender Hand Sanitizer in my bag. It’s organic, doesn’t have any of those yucky hand-drying chemicals found in other sanitizers, and, bonus, it smells good.

Dr. Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizer ($6.98)

Keep Those Hands Clean

Outhouses are gross even when there’s still hand sanitizer available-- and real talk, we all know that the chances are good that they’ll run out halfway through the day.

Don’t get caught off-guard: make sure to have your own on hand (again, pun intended) so you can shamelessly scarf down that slice of pizza without worrying about germs.

I always have a bottle of the Dr. Bronners Lavender Hand Sanitizer in my bag. It’s organic, doesn’t have any of those yucky hand-drying chemicals found in other sanitizers, and, bonus, it smells good.

 

Dr. Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizer ($6.98)

Keep Those Hands Clean

Outhouses are gross even when there’s still hand sanitizer available-- and real talk, we all know that the chances are good that they’ll run out halfway through the day.

Don’t get caught off-guard: make sure to have your own on hand (again, pun intended) so you can shamelessly scarf down that slice of pizza without worrying about germs.

I always have a bottle of the Dr. Bronners Lavender Hand Sanitizer in my bag. It’s organic, doesn’t have any of those yucky hand-drying chemicals found in other sanitizers, and, bonus, it smells good.

Dr. Bronner's Lavender Hand Sanitizer ($6.98)

Let's State the Other Obvious: Wear SPF

“But I don’t burn easily!” Nope. Wear sunscreen. Wear it.

Picking a great sunscreen can be tough. Never fear: mineral sunscreen is having its day in the sun (pun intended), with formulas that are better than ever before. These puppies reflect, rather than absorb, UV ray, and offer a full coverage across the spectrum of radiation. The most common active ingredient, zinc oxide, is also beach-approved.

I wear sunscreen year-round, and always reach for Derma E for my face. A common concern with mineral sunscreens is that they can be challenging to blend in, leaving a white film. I have never had this problem with Derma E. In fact, I love the coverage and the effects of the added vitamin E and green tea so much that I use the face sunscreen as a makeup primer-- just be sure to let it sit for 15 minutes before applying makeup to allow it to sink in.

Derma E Mineral Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($29.99)

Let's State the Other Obvious: Wear SPF

“But I don’t burn easily!” Nope. Wear sunscreen. Wear it.

Picking a great sunscreen can be tough. Never fear: mineral sunscreen is having its day in the sun (pun intended), with formulas that are better than ever before. These puppies reflect, rather than absorb, UV ray, and offer a full coverage across the spectrum of radiation. The most common active ingredient, zinc oxide, is also beach-approved.

I wear sunscreen year-round, and always reach for Derma E for my face.  A common concern with mineral sunscreens is that they can be challenging to blend in, leaving a white film. I have never had this problem with Derma E. In fact, I love the coverage and the effects of the added vitamin E and green tea so much that I use the face sunscreen as a makeup primer-- just be sure to let it sit for 15 minutes before applying makeup to allow it to sink in.

Derma E Natural Mineral Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($29.99)

Let's State the Other Obvious: Wear SPF

“But I don’t burn easily!” Nope. Wear sunscreen. Wear it.

Picking a great sunscreen can be tough. Never fear: mineral sunscreen is having its day in the sun (pun intended), with formulas that are better than ever before. These puppies reflect, rather than absorb, UV ray, and offer a full coverage across the spectrum of radiation. The most common active ingredient, zinc oxide, is also beach-approved.

I wear sunscreen year-round, and always reach for Derma E for my face. A common concern with mineral sunscreens is that they can be challenging to blend in, leaving a white film. I have never had this problem with Derma E. In fact, I love the coverage and the effects of the added vitamin E and green tea so much that I use the face sunscreen as a makeup primer-- just be sure to let it sit for 15 minutes before applying makeup to allow it to sink in.

Derma E Natural Mineral Facial Sunscreen SPF 30 ($29.99)

Make Your Look Last the Day

Festival makeup has a reputation for being fun and creative. However, it can be tough to get your look to last the day! Take advantage of some small tips and tricks to keep your look strong:

Waterproof mascara will be your best friend if you’re looking for something with staying power and that won’t fail you should there be a spontaneous rain storm. I use the Mineral Fusion Waterproof Mascara ($19.99). It’s super lengthening and buildable, which means that I can get a natural daytime look or a more dramatic look by just applying more layers as needed.

Dewy face products can be a better option for long days than matte products. A more glossy finish will get less patchy and keep your skin looking hydrated and glowing. The Burt's Bees Lip and Cheek Sticks ($19.99) are my go-to for this look. The finish is glossy, leaving the perfect touch of colour, and the formula is dynamic enough to make it through the day unfazed.

Opt for versatility: You only have so much space in your bag! Reach for products that can be used multiple ways and are simple to re-apply, so you don’t end up bringing your entire makeup bag with you. For example, that same Burt's Bees Lip and Cheek Stick can be used as a blush and a gloss for a monochromatic look, and the packaging makes it so easy to apply-- just use the stick to add coverage to your cheeks or lips and then blend as needed, no brush required!

Let's Make the Most of Summer!

I can’t wait to get out and make the most of the city-- as an Ottawa local, I know all too well that opportunities to enjoy the warm weather won’t last forever. If you’re looking for opportunities to get out and explore the city this summer, here’s a list of just a few upcoming festivals in the 613 to get you started!

About the Author

Vicki Laninga

Vicki is a Content Strategist, Blogger, and Communications pro based in Ottawa, Ontario. She's passionate about helping beauty fanatics find sustainable, vegan alternatives to the products they love without compromising the quality they need.

When she isn't writing (which isn't often!), Vicki loves weightlifting, running, cooking, and spending time with her dog, Monty.

Follow Vicki on Instagram: @vickilaninga

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