Glastonbury Festival has announced that single-use plastic drinks bottles will not be available to purchase at this year's Festival, nor available in any of the Festival's backstage, production, catering and dressing room areas. Festival goers won't be prevented from bringing plastic bottles onto the site, but people are encouraged to bring as little single use plastic as possible.
Greenpeace estimate that, globally, up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans each year. Greenpeace advise that by far the best way to avoid plastic pollution is to reduce plastic usage. With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury 2017, and stopping their use is the only way forward.
Festival goers are recommended to take their own refillable bottles, which can be refilled at any of the hundreds of free water-taps around the festival site (with a mains water supply it's tap water quality). There will also be extra Water Aid kiosks, and free water available from all bars. Canned soft drinks and canned water will be available from traders.
Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis said: “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.”
Glastonbury Festival 2019 takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Somerset from Wednesday 26th to Sunday 30th June. Tickets are sold out, although there will be a small resale of tickets in early April.
Just three acts have been announced so far to perform at the festival this year, Stormzy, Kylie, and Janelle Monae. The main line-up announcement will be made in April. For the rumours - not necessarily likely - please see the Glastonbury 2019 line-up and rumours page.
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