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Would You Camp In A Cardboard Tent In Summer?

Mar 04, 2019

Australia's largest outdoor festival will be offering visitors an "environmentally conscious" chance to camp in the great outdoors this summer … in a cardboard tent.

A group of tents made from cardboard, at a music festival.

For the first time, the Woodford Folk Festival has included KarTents — a tent made entirely of cardboard — as one of the accommodation options for the annual event on Queensland's Sunshine Coast that attracts more than 130,000 visitors, artists and musicians between Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

At that time of year, weather conditions in south-east Queensland can be fraught.

Dutch company KarTent is behind the invention, which has been used at more than 600 events worldwide and 10 festivals in Australia.

KarTent chief executive Jan Portheine said the cardboard tents had been tested in Australian conditions.

"They are made of the thicker cardboard normally found in packaging," he said, adding that the contraption was also water and fire resistant.

"The outer layers are strong and resist rain for some time.

"Nine days is our guarantee but the record is three-and-a-half months in rain."