Festival-goers at this year's Glastonbury Festival won't be able to buy single-use plastic drinks bottles – and performers won't be offered them backstage either.
The festival organiser says that 1 million plastic bottles were sold at Glastonbury 2017 alone, so banning their sale this year will make an impact. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bottles to refill at hundreds of free water taps situated around the site, supplied by Bristol Water, at bars or at the increased number of WaterAid kiosks.
Traders who previously sold soft drinks in plastic bottles will sell canned soft drinks and canned Life Water. The festival has its own on-site recycling centre which handled almost 45 tonnes of aluminium cans in 2017, a number predicted to rise this time around.
"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," says Emily Eavis, Glastonbury Festival Curator and Organiser.
"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."