Pod(o) is a new, two-bed accommodation unit made from recycled plastic, which is aimed at helping the festival industry reduce waste.

The ‘pods’ are reusable, lockable and even modular, allowing several pods to be fitted together into Pod(o) ‘villages’. They can incorporate solar power, an eco-water supply and a bio-toilet.

Pod(o) comes courtesy of C6(n), a temporary event structure provider which is based in Christchurch, Dorset. It uses flaked, single use plastic, predominantly from water bottles, to create the cores for its lightweight, carbon fibre building materials.

Charlie Hall, founder and MD, said: “We’ve all seen the shocking pictures of fields full of tents left abandoned after festivals. There were approximately 7000 alone at one of this year’s major events. The Pod(o) not only provides a use for single use plastic we have already produced, but it also prevents the need for producing more of it.”

“Many event organisers are trying to address their waste problems with initiatives such as The Final Straw. But as festival popularity has grown, so has the production of cheap, synthetic, plastic tents.

Unfortunately, while it is a common belief amongst festival-goers that these tents all go to charity after an event, around 90 per cent of this plastic ends up in landfill. We are hopeful that event organisers will embrace Pod(o)’s design and environmental value, as well as the rental and advertising potential it represents for their businesses.”

C6(n) won the Most Innovative Solution for Temporary Structures award at the Major Events Summit 2018 in Liverpool in June.

The company marketed the idea for Pod(o) at the Festival and Outdoor Events Show (Festout), which took place this year at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey. For a gallery and recap of Festout, click here.