13. Existing products

Kartent






These are rented cardboard tents. They are water resistant and sturdy enough to sleep in. After they’ve been used, they will be repurposed or made into a different cardboard object that is sold on their website. From kids’ toys to lampshades.

Pros

Circular economy. Convenient as already there for you. Spacious. Customisable – you can draw all over it.

Cons

The tents are expensive for single use. 50EU and has only been available at one festival in the UK so far. Difficult to transport if bringing your own


https://kartent.com/instructions/kartent/

https://shop.kartent.com/en/





Comp-a-tent




A completely compostable tent designed as a single use festival tent. Takes only 120 days to degrade. Available in different colours

Pros

Eco friendly. Buy them on site. As they are made using plant based eco plastics, they fit under the CO2 neutral umbrella. Can just be left. Holds up in British weather. Can draw on them.

Cons

Small. Single use. Money will add up each festival.


http://comp-a-tent.com/





Bell tents



Large, cotton canvas tents suitable for festivals and gatherings. Best suited for boutique festivals where access is easy.

Pros

Can fit lots of people. Waterproof. Long lasting. Warmer than nylon and other woven plastics.

Cons

Expensive. Needs maintained. Heavy. Likely needs a few people to install. Time consuming.





Pop up tents




Fast and easy to put up. Some are really difficult to put down, others aren’t so much.

Pros

Very quick to put up. Light. Cheap

Cons

Often flimsy and thought of as single use. Can be difficult to put down. Aren’t great for being reused after clean up effort as they’re not strong enough to house refugees. Comments on YouTube for pop up tents are rather negative as people struggle to get them down.





Pole tents




How most tents are made, with pole made of varying materials being the support structure.

Pros

Are often cheap. Lighter, depending on pole material. Fold down small

Cons

Can be confusing and time consuming. Cheap tents are often like this. Folds down into a smaller space but can be difficult to get into bag






Inflatable tents




Uses inflatable cells as support structures. Better for large tents as a pump is required.

Pros

Quicker to put up than a pole tent. Very sturdy. Simple

Cons

Need to carry a pump. Can be heavy. Are a lot more expensive for a decent one.






Teepees or single pole tents




A tent supported by guy ropes and a single inner pole, or of outer poles meeting in the middle.


Pros

Light. Easy to put up. Can be cheap


Cons

Often single skinned so water will penetrate. A lot of them have negative comments on YouTube. Needs a lot of ground space as relies on guy ropes