Glastonbury is one of the biggest festivals on the planet and It’s known for its headliners, muddy fields and, unfortunately, its sea of litter consisting of tents as well as plastic bags, but not anymore.

In 2019, ‘Glasto’ took the steps to change the way that visitors will experience their stay over the summer, by taking the steps to make it an environmentally friendly event.

Following the discovery and sight of 1.3 million used plastic bottles, the organisers banned selling them and invited attendees to bring and use reusable drinks bottles, by providing 37 free water stations across the site. This was also included for backstage guests and performers, too, as recyclable canned drinks and reusable bottles were made available.

The iconic shot of the camping area at Glastonbury is also an avenue the event organisers looked at, advising those who stayed to avoid leaving their tents behind to prevent them from being taken to a landfill site.

Festivalgoers are also being encouraged to use public transport to make their way to the venue, eradicating or avoiding the use of undegradable wet wipes and also, using biodegradable glitter, as opposed to the plastic variety that’s available.

But this isn’t the only festival that is making a stand against plastics, in 2018 the Shambala festival introduced a set of initiatives to help keep their event as environmentally friendly as possible, such as introducing composts loos, using renewable energy and how they deal with waste.

Should more festivals, if not so already, be looking at adopting the same kind of steps for future events in order to become environmentally sustainable?

Video originally created by Guardian News on Youtube and article originally created by Sarah Marsh on The Guardian.

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