Green guide to pride
Getting ready for Pride? Here’s a quick checklist and some tips to help you have the best time for less, saving money, clothes and food from going to waste whilst keeping the Pride vibes high.
These tips are part of something bigger. At Hubbub, we want to see a world where everyone makes choices that are good for the environment. Check out what we do and how your actions add up.
1) Getting there in style
Pride is a protest, march, and celebration. It can be much easier to navigate busy towns and cities by getting public transport, cycling, or walking to where you need to be. If you’re travelling to a different city, try to book your train tickets in advance for a cheaper deal or check out split-ticketing websites to grab yourself a better deal.
2) Don’t be thirsty… 🥵
Bring along a bottle of water to refill throughout the day. You’ll be walking lots, hopefully enjoying the sun, and the queues for cafes and bars can get quite long – you’ll thank yourself later if you come prepared. If you’re keen to cut down on the amount of plastic you use, consider bringing a reusable cup for any drinks you buy, some venues will give you a discount so it’s worth asking!
3) Keep it tidy
You might think most litter will get cleaned up, but some rubbish can find its way to drains, rivers, or canals. Bins can be difficult to find in a crowd, so take pride in the city you’re in by keeping hold of any litter until you find an empty bin.
4) It’s a sign…
The second you get to the march; you may feel a pang of jealousy that you didn’t bring your own sign. Plan and make your own sign in advance. You can use any cardboard or poster card to make it, just paint over it if needed and practice writing your letters out before to see how they fit. Need some inspiration? Give it a search online.
5) Say no to merch
Depending on where you are, there might be a lot of companies offering ‘freebies’ – whilst it might be fun to don more rainbows, you’re often just left with broken bits of plastic with different company logos on, frantically searching for a bin… feel confident saying no to the freebies and get making your own merch in a way that’s better for the planet, sourced responsibly, and better for your bank account.
6) Whatever the weather
Make sure you’re ready by checking the forecast the day before. You don’t want to be caught out in the rain or burn in the sun. Pack a brolly or some sun cream just in case!
7) Pre-pride party prep
If you’re hosting people for a pre-celebration, you’re probaby planning snacks and drinks. Going for reusable cups / using the mugs and cups you already have in the kitchen would save a lot of waste. Try an plan your food for the number of guests so there aren’t too many leftovers you have to tidy up & store before you leave for the parade!
8) Get the look
Whether you’re planning to go for a bold look or something a bit more subtle, check out our tips on creating a pride look. If it’s your first pride, don’t stress about what to wear – pride is a welcoming place for everyone, so if you want to dress up go for it, but you’ll feel just as welcomed in your everyday clothes.
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