Glastonbury 2019 Leading the way in the Plastic-Free Festival Revolution

This year Glastonbury 2019, one of the the U.K.’s biggest festival events with an estimated annual attendance of around 200,000 over the five days are banning the sale of single-use plastic bottles and hope to eliminate them entirely from their backstage and performer areas. Inside, companies will instead be allowed to sell canned drinks and water and although attendees will not be stopped from bringing their own plastic bottles, officials are strongly encouraging them to bring a reusable bottle instead.

In 2017, visitors to the festival got through 1.3 million plastic bottles. Greenpeace estimates that globally, 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in the oceans each year. With more than one million plastic bottles sold at Glastonbury in 2017, the festival's organisers said they felt stopping their sale was vital. Music to our ears at in more ways than one!

Emily Eavis, daughter of the founder Michael Eavis and co-organiser of the festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, 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.”