Sticking with the Glastonbury festival trend in our blog, the world’s biggest festival event officially kicks off today and it has been announced that organisers are doing their utmost to take the war to plastic water bottles this year.
The event which see’s thousands of revellers enjoying luxury camping UK weather can’t perturb and this year the efforts from Glastonbury see part of a long-term strategy in order to become the world’s most environmentally friendly outdoor musical event by combating the issue of plastic water bottles.
The organisers will be targeting the disposable bottle – one of the most noticeable symbols of the throwaway culture that annually leaves the 900-acre Somerset farm awash in plastic, with a projected one million plastic bottles being used throughout the festival.
In the determination to make the strategy a success stainless-steel reusable bottles will be handed out to 2,000 road crew and band members, with thousands more on sale to festival-goers to stop them relying on plastic bottles.
In the long run, festival organisers are looking to set a precedent by making Glastonbury the world’s greenest greenfield festival, matching America’s Burning Man festival in America, which applies a “leave no trace” stance at the event where people must take away all that they bring with them.
Overall, a staggering estimation of 13 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the UK annually, but sadly just one in five is said to be recycled so here’s hoping that this year’s Glastonbury can buck the trend.