Glastonbury Festival Says No to Plastic Bottles

Glastonbury bans plastic bottles
Photo: Rachel Docherty

Glastonbury Festival has banned plastic bottles from this year’s event. In 2017, visitors to the festival got through more than 1m plastic bottles and, in response to this, single-use plastic bottles will not be sold. Festivalgoers will instead be encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle and refill it at the free water taps around the site.

“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, co-organiser of the festival and youngest daughter of founder, Michael Eavis.

“A vast amount of plastic bottles were gotten through and when you see images of the arena completely covered in old plastic it’s quite haunting.”

Artist catering will also be plastic-free, with canned drinks and reusable water bottles available to performers.

In 2016, Glastonbury introduced its “Love The Farm, Leave No Trace” initiative, encouraging visitors to take responsibility for their litter and recycle where possible. Plastic cutlery and plates from food traders were also banned, and only paper straws are permitted on site.

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