Music festivals offer us an abundance of opportunities we don’t get to take advantage of in everyday life: enjoying several days of live music with friends, drinking copious amounts of cider while sporting mud-splattered wellies and decorating our features with the festival favourite – glitter.
However, due to the 12.7 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year weighing on our minds, it has become common practise for festivals to substitute plastic supplies for their ‘greener’ counterparts. Plastic straws have been replaced with paper and food trays are more commonly made from cardboard.
The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) has committed to banning single-use plastic from their events by 2021 and has created the Drastic on Plastic initiative to outlaw supplies such as plastic drinks bottles, cable ties and plastic toiletries bottles from festival sites. The intention to increase sustainability at festivals has now put glitter squarely in the firing line.