Glastonbury 2019 will go to great lengths to reduce its environmental impact, confirms festival head Emily Eavis.
“It’s an enormous project; it’s taking a lot of time to tackle with all the different people we work with,” Eavis told BBC 6 Music.
The project will see a site-wide ban on all plastic bottles, as the organisers plan to supply festival-goers with alternatives. As the festival grows in size, and the disposable consumer culture simultaneously increases, Eavis feels like it’s time to make a change and address it directly.
For the past two years, an initiative entitled “Love the farm … leave no trace” was implemented, which intended to emphasise the fact that Worthy Farm (where the event is staged) is, in fact, a working farm. Attendees were urged to take public transport to the event and focus on cleaning up after themselves. Unfortunately, it seems that these measures have not been enough, with last year’s event reportedly taking over two weeks to clean up after.
According to The Guardian;
“In 2014, Glastonbury introduced environmentally friendly stainless steel bottles and water kiosks for the cost-free refill of any kind of receptacle, followed in 2016 by stainless steel pint cups designed to be “non-aerodynamic, to minimise injuries from throwing”. Use of these containers was optional. Glastonbury organisers have previously estimated that 1m plastic bottles are used during the event.”
It is also worth noting that The Guardian have also launched their own campaign which aims to end the unnecessary use of plastic bottles.