Photo above by Josephine Chan and Ian Christie – ecobricks.org
Another year and another successful land restoration complete! It was a long struggle emu-bobbing the whole site for our small team, but the train has completed its journey and I’m here to tell you its tale.
Speaking of myself, I’d like to say hello! My name is Lex, I’m the grumpy camp burnt-out burner behind the nihilism party at Shit Gift! I’m super passionate about green energy, sustainability and a Leave No Trace ethic (also – nihilism). I’ve worked at the big burn with Recycle Camp, DPW’s Trash crew, and at Lakes of Fire doing LNT. I’ve stepped up to help organize the Moop Squad. I’m looking forward to helping out at Blazing Swan from my home base in Melbourne.
The Naughty List
First off, a few of the worst offending items. The most commonly mooped pieces are, in no particular order:
AstroTurf! This durable flooring seems like a great idea, but can turn out really poorly. Used AstroTurf in particular can shed plastic fibers everywhere and be carried off to other parts of your camp on the bottom of a shoe. AstroTurf edges require a dangerous and tricky heat-sealing or a sewn-on canvas edge. During cleanup, the Moop Train could often be heard shouting “Why would you bring fake nature to nature!?” as we stumbled across AstroTurf shards logged in shrubs, ground into the road, and soaked into the mud.
Chupa Chups! It was a close race, but Chupa Chups beat Easter Eggs as the moopiest lolly this year. Chupa Chups leave many different varieties of moop. From the gross half-eaten ant-covered one to the stick-half-buried-so-it-looks-like-a-tippie, Chupa Chup made us regret not wearing gloves many times. Easter Eggs, befitting an Easter celebration, still have a place on the moop list though. Tiny and easy to loose track of, these foil balls take a sharp eye to spot on the ground once they make it though a tiny hole in your moop bag. If you are handing out these treats, try to consider moop-less options, or have a plastic bottle with a packing rod to make an EcoBrick on hand where they are being gifted. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecobricks)
Tippies! Unused filters for hand-rolled cigarettes. These little buggers are easy to let get away while your hands are full making a smoke. Try to roll several cigarettes somewhere out of the elements, or only keep a few filters with you to minimize the chances they hit the ground.
Feathers! So many feathers! Our international moop warrior had a collection going… don’t be tricked by the bottle, they are packed in there solid as a rock.
Any kind of non-native feathers must be removed from the site, and should be securely attached to any sort of costume that includes them lest they shed everywhere. Native feathers, however, can stay during a restoration effort. So bring your 100% native Galah boa and I will be impressed. Speaking of Galahs…
Photo below by Rosey Posey – International Moop Warrior
Food Waste! The local birds really love your food waste, but I hate picking it up. With composting available on site this year (Thanks Hammock Haven!) we had less leftover food nasties this year than last year, but still managed to find someone who left a bit of the penne bolognese con glitter. If you have any great recipes for this dish to share, let us know in the facebook group at the bottom.
Honorable Mentions: Cable/Zip ties (Unused even!), Body Gems, Tent Pegs (like 50+! More than enough for camp next year), TP, Wrappers and Tags from new items (remove that packaging when you pack!).
Without further ado, The Moop Map!
Photo taken by Cat “Teacup” Conner
Key to the map:
Gold Star! You win at mooping! We saw basically nothing while covering your area and the adjacent open areas. It’s clear you made an effort to leave it much better than you found it. Thanks you and keep it up!
Gold! Well done, we only found a few things, often from other campouts (“antique moop” in the jargon). Maybe you missed a spot under the last vehicle to leave?
Yellow! Good enough. The lack of green stickers makes this basically a green, but now with a new color! You probably made a good effort but missed a spot or two on your moop sweeps.
Orange! We found quite a bit of moop in the area, often in dancefloor and chill out areas. Often all 5 of the top items were found, but it wasn’t totally trashed.
Red! Please come to the Principles Office for a discussion about Leave No Trace. There were some seriously moopy areas that required we get the bucket out. There could also be an issue with the landcape, eg holes from buried supports, or trenches from power cabling. Swing by the Facebook group for trips and tricks to keep your camp in the green… Err, Yellow.
Red with stripes! Uh oh, someone had an oops. Here we found a large abandoned item. This could be a trash can, or abandoned carpet, furniture or shade. Bad things happen to good people, so if you had one of these please contact us and let us know the story.