Glastonbury festival bans plastic bottle usage

Published on : Monday, June 23, 2014

Glastonbury-festivalGlastonbury festival, to be organized next week from June 25th – to 29th will go completely eco-friendly with no plastic bottle usage in the in the outdoor musical festival. The organisers are doing away with disposable bottles which leave the 900-acre Somerset site littered with plastic every year. About a million plastic bottles are used during the entire festival.
Stainless-steel reusable bottles will be given to 2,000 roads crew and band members, with thousands more on sale to festival-goers to stop them from relying on plastic bottles. The 140,000 ticket-holders are also being urged to bring reusable bottles that they can fill at 400 drinking water taps dotted across the site.
Environmentalists in Glastonbury say that by 2015 they wish to do away with the plastic culture in utensils and UK has the best quality of drinking water from taps but still people are obsessed with bottled water. Environmentalists estimate that 150 million tonnes of plastic waste currently litters the planet and oceans, poisoning ecosystems and killing wildlife.


This festival is much like America’s Burning Man festival in the Black Rock desert of Nevada which is “leave no trace”, wherein people are expected to take back everything they bring with them.
As part of the green movement revelers are being encouraged to take public transport to the spot or share cars with friends. The organizers are going hard on sustainability and are certainly not looking at coping with 140,000 littered bottles spilled by people.

Campaigners say that plastic water bottles can take hundreds or even thousands of years to completely biodegrade with their manufacture exacerbating their negative ecological impact. Millions of barrels of oil are used in the manufacture of plastic bottles and the transportation of mineral water across the planet produces even more carbon emissions.



Overall, an estimated 13 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the UK every year, yet just one in five is said to be recycled.
The site is provided with good water drawn from huge underground reservoirs and is heavily chlorinated drinking water. Reusable bottles and cups are being offered in the venue for free refills which revellers can make use of. Organisers say that almost half of all the rubbish left on site was recycled last year and added that there will be 15,000 bins for recycling across the festival grounds this year.





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