As this year’s Glastonbury Festival comes to an end, I am delighted to learn that for the first time ever, plastic bottles will not be available for purchase at Glastonbury. Instead, this year Glastonbury organisers are encouraging festival goers to stay hydrated by bringing their own refillable water bottles. There will be hundreds of free water supply taps located around the festival site. The water will come from a local mains water supply which is exactly the same as the tap water from your kitchen sink!
There will also be a number of Wateraid kiosks situated around the site where you will be able to refill your reusable water bottles. Free drinking water will be available in all bars across the site. In 2017 alone, more than one million plastic bottles were sold at Glastonbury and more than 45 tons of aluminium cans were recycled at the festivals on site recycling centres.
Chief co-organiser, Emily Eavis commented: “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. It’s now or never.”
I can’t write about a ban on single use plastic at Glastonbury without mentioning the wonderful and all round legend Sir David Attenborough. He made an appearance on the Pyramid stage to praise the crowd for going single use plastic free. “That is more than a million bottles of water that have not been drunk by you,” he told the audience to huge cheers. “Thank you. Thank you.” We, Thank You, Sir David Attenborough for your tireless efforts in climate change and conservation throughout the decades.
This recent change that single use plastic will not be available for sale at Glastonbury is fantastic and welcome news! I hope that the Glastonbury Festival has paved the way for other festival organisers to introduce the same rules and we can slowly start to see the changes needed to benefit ourselves and our planet. In the meantime, enjoy the music, enjoy the peace and love that this festival exudes year after year. And next year, don’t forget your refillable water bottle!
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