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Music festivals turn their backs on plastic with new bans on straws and bottles

Music festivals turn their backs on plastic with new bans on straws and bottles

With a recent UK ban on microbeads and the proposed ‘latte levy’ tax on disposable coffee cups, plastic swaps are become more popular than ever. This summer, music lovers will be prompted to play their part in the fight against plastic pollution as UK festivals begin to introduce restrictions on disposable plastics.

Promoters at Bestival, Shambala and Kendal Calling have launched a ban on plastic straws and Glastonbury Festival are preparing to implement a ban on plastic bottles in 2019.

Festival-goers attending Latitude and Download will be encouraged to take part in the Co-Op’s bottle deposit scheme, where attendees can return their plastic bottles to a vending machine in exchange for a voucher. Other green initiatives, such as food vendors using compostable containers and cutlery, are also becoming increasingly popular.

Off to a festival this summer? Here are some easy plastic swaps for your packing list:

  • Reusable water bottles and coffee cups
  • Plastic-free straws (steel, silicone, bamboo or paper)
  • Bamboo toothbrush
  • Hankies instead of tissues
  • Reusable bags to replace carrier / bin bags
  • Biodegradable glitter www.ecoglitterfun.com
  • Plastic-free sun cream https://shadecream.com/

Also…

  • Make sure you take your tent home
  • Take your own food containers
  • Use recycling bins onsite

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