FESTIVALS WISHING to follow the example of Shambala (cap. 15,000), which says it’s eliminated disposable plastic such as water bottles and cups from its site, can consult a new edition of the Plastic Free Festivals Guide by environmental body Raw Foundation.
Shambala co-founder Chris Johnson says the updated guide has been released to build on public unease about plastics generated by wildlife presenter David Attenborough’s Blue Planet documentary, which has drawn comments from politicians including Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
“Last year we banned single use bottles on site and prevented 10,000 bottles from being thrown away,” says Johnson. “Over two and a half million adults go to British festivals so millions of bottles could be saved.”
Raw’s Melinda Watson adds, “It’s a real call for action to all festivals to phase out and ban the three worst single use plastics, bottles, cups and straws. The guide showcases simple solutions like selling stainless steel reusable ater bottles on site, more water taps and banning straws completely.”