The Glastonbury Festival has made good on its promise to completely ban plastic bottles – and plastic sales – at this year’s event.
Two years ago, festivalgoers used – and quickly threw away – 1.3 million plastic bottles at the Glastonbury Festival.
It’s only natural. Hot, sweaty music festivals require a lot of water just to survive.(Source Digitalmusicnews – CNN- TheGuardian)
Greenpeace estimates that globally, 12.7m tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year. With more than 1m plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury in 2017, the festival’s organisers said they felt stopping their sale was vital.
England’s Glastonbury music festival, which welcomes on average 135,000 revelers over its five days, has become almost as famous for its sea of mud and piles of trash as for its top-tier artists.
“It’s paramount for our planet that we all reduce our plastic consumption, and I’m thrilled that, together, we’ll be able to prevent over a million single-use plastic bottles from being used at this year’s festival.
“I really hope that everyone – from ticket-holder to headliner – will leave Worthy Farm this year knowing that even small, everyday changes can make a real difference.”
In 2017, visitors to the festival got through 1.3m plastic bottles.
“Obviously we are all fighting the fight against plastic, which is an enormous task but well overdue and we need to make steps in the right direction,” said Emily Eavis, the co-organiser of the festival and youngest daughter of the founder, Michael Eavis.
Unfortunately, most people consume from plastic bottles, only to then leave them strewn across the grounds once the festival is over.
Last year, infuriated music organizers vowed to prohibit festivalgoers from bringing – and consuming – water in plastic bottles.
Emily Eavis, daughter of founder Michael Eavis, explained her hope to implement a ban on plastic bottles in 2019 across the festival.
Instead, organizers will set up water taps across the festival grounds. They’ve encouraged festivalgoers to bring reusable bottles to fill up at the taps, at WaterAid kiosks, and at bars across the site. The number of WaterAid kiosks at the event has tripled over last year.
In addition, traders who have previously sold soft drinks in plastic bottles will now have to sell canned soft drinks. They’ll also have to stock up on Life Water.