The plastic is no longer welcome at Glastonbury. This year, the organizers of the festival have decided to no longer sell plastic water bottles during the event, conscious of their impact on the environment. One way to reduce the waste, who invade every year the grounds of the Glastonbury. In 2017, more than one million plastic bottles were sold during the festival.
“We are all involved in the fight against the plastic. This is a huge task but one that is neglected for too long, and it is our duty to advance step by step towards the right direction,” said Emily Eavis, co-organiser of the festival, the british newspaper The Guardian . “When you see pictures of the place completely covered in old bottles, it is quite troubling”, she added.
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The organisers encourage festival-goers to the next edition to bring their own reusable water bottle and fill it to the faucets free installed around the site. Reusable bottles will also be available on-site. The number of kiosks WaterAid on the site will also be increased, and spectators can refill their bottles or get a cup of water for free. Water and non-alcoholic beverages will be sold in cans recyclable instead of the usual plastic bottles. The same treatment behind the scenes, where the artists will be able to restore it with cans, and reusable water bottles.
12.7 million tonnes of plastic each year in the oceans
A spokesperson for the NGO Friends of the Earth welcomed the decision of the festival, while stressing that much remained to be done. “It is time for all the festivals to invest in food storage containers, cutlery, and encouraging festival-goers to not use tattoos made of plastic for their disguises. It is also important that the kits of the festival such as tents are made to last rather than being abandoned in a field after a single use,” said the spokesperson interviewed by The Guardian .
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according To the NGO protection of the environment Greenpeace, approximately 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up each year in the oceans. Engaged in a markdown ecological, the festival has already replaced his cutlery and plastic plates with compostable dishware and straws in paper. The plastic cups to single-use have also been banned from bars and the wristbands of festival goers are in fabric.
In France, the festival We Love Green also boasts multiple engagements eco-responsible, such as its ecological toilets, solar-powered, 100% of the waste sorted or composted, and a power supply entirely from renewable energy.
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The festival of Glastonbury, which will take place from 26 to 30 June in the United Kingdom, has not yet unveiled its programming. In 2017, the public was able to attend the concerts of great names of the music of Radiohead, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters, Major Lazer, or of the French groups, Justice and Phoenix.