Auckland music festival Splore paving the way as sustainable event

Splore goers enjoy a yoga session

The Auckland music festival Splore has planted the first seed in its crusade to become a sustainable event.

Instead of selling water in disposable plastic bottles, Splore Festival 2017 is introducing a reusable bottle system to encourage festival-goers to bring their own.

Free water stations will be spread across the festival, with premium chilled and sparkling water refills also available.

In another environmentally-friendly initiative, Splore also plans to go glow-stick free. Organisers say they contain nasty chemicals that end up in landfills.

Splore organisers are asking people to avoid bringing cheap glitter because it is made of tiny pieces of plastic, similar to micro beads in cosmetics that have recently been banned in NZ.

Instead, organisers have sourced a bio-glitter from the UK that BodyFX will supply.

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This year, Splore has removed whitebait fritters from the vendor's menus.

The move comes following the release of Forest and Bird's Best Fish Guide app which listed whitebait as "worst choice".

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"Splore's message to the audience is 'leave no trace', and we believe we have taken a big step closer to this by taking a stand against single-use plastic water bottles," a spokeswoman said.

"Our overall goal for the festival is to lead the way as a sustainable event.

"We aim to inspire our awesome audience to consider environmental impact in all their choices, not just during the festival weekend but also in their daily lives."