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.”

Prince Harry urges action on single-use plastic bottles

He advises the boss of a Moroccan recycling firm to put "pressure" on big companies that manufacture plastic bottles.

The royal representative said the problem of single use avoidable waste needed to be tackled at its source. He made the comments during a conversation with Youssef Chaqor, the boss of a Moroccan company that recycles household products.

On their third day in the North African visit, the Duke and Duchess met Moroccan entrepreneurs who have started companies aimed at changing the country's social, economic and environmental issues.

Talking to Youssef Chaqor, who runs a recycling company called Eko-Geste, The royal asked if recycling in Morocco was like other parts of the world, “where they think they are recycling but they are not – it ends up being dumped”.

He went on to tell Mr Chaqor: “You need to put more pressure on the big companies.”

He said that while big companies might give money to environmental projects, “they are still producing single-use plastic bottles.

Another mic drop moment from the Prince as he stands up for a global issue that is gaining traction throughout the globe.