Glastonbury Festival set to ban plastic bottles come 2019
Glastonbury Festival is looking to implement a site-wide plan on plastic bottles come 2019.
Festival co-organizer Emily Eavis originally shared the news of the initiative with BBC Radio 6, describing it as “the big project,” in conjunction with the festival’s return in 2019. The festival isn’t set for 2018, as it is a “fallow” year, allowing for its grounds to settle.
Though the plan’s still in its early stages, its introduction would not be the first time Glastonbury’s integrated cleaner initiatives. The festival introduced free water refill stations in 2014, and its “Love the farm, leave no trace” policy, introduced in 2016, urged attendees to share transportation to the festival, limit litter, recycle, refill water bottles, and not to abandon their tents or urinate on the land.
While it remains uncertain whether Glastonbury’s progressive implementation will come to fruition in 2019, it will likely have large implications on the US festival sphere down the line. Companies like Goldenvoice, who puts on festivals like Coachella, FYF, Panorama, and more, as well as other US institutions, may see that they too need to follow suit.
Presently, Coachella asks that the plastic bottles that come in are empty and not above 40oz. The festival banned selfie sticks in 2015.