Major UK festivals to go plastic-free

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Festivals have been perplexing to tackle cosmetic rubbish for years – with Glastonbury installing recycling bins in 2008

The world’s largest unison promoter, Live Nation, says it will discharge single-use plastics during a venues and festivals by 2021.

In a UK, that means events like Reading and Leeds, Wireless, Latitude and Download will go cosmetic free.

It’s partial of a pull to grasp 0 rubbish during Live Nation’s clubs, unison halls and venues by 2030.

The oath comes after eccentric British festivals like Glastonbury and Bestival vowed to cut cosmetic waste.

Glastonbury has announced it will not sell single-use cosmetic H2O bottles this year, overdue to concerns about their impact on a environment.

While Bestival, Boardmasters and Kendal Calling were among 61 festivals who sealed adult to a “drastic on plastic” beginning final year, pledging to absolved their sites of single-use cosmetic by 2021.

They have also called on retailers such as Argos and Tesco to stop offered and offered tents as single-use items, observant deserted tents comment for 875 tonnes of cosmetic rubbish any summer.

  • Calls for shops to stop offered ‘festival tents’
  • Festivals aim to go plastic-free by 2021
  • Glastonbury bans cosmetic bottle sales

Awareness of a impact of cosmetic on a sourroundings has grown exponentially over a final few years.

It’s suspicion that some-more than 8 million tonnes of cosmetic enters a world’s oceans any year, harming wildlife and entering a food chain.

This week, a supervision announced new restrictions on a sale of cosmetic straws, cosmetic drinks stirrers and cosmetic string buds, that will come into outcome in England from Apr 2020.

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Waste during festivals is a critical problem – fans deserted these cosmetic chairs in a tree during Denmark’s Roskilde festival in 2019

Live Nation’s joining will impact about 20 UK festivals and some-more than 20 venues, that it manages by a Academy Music Group.

These embody high-profile unison halls such as a Brixton Academy, King Tut’s Wah-Wah Hut in Glasgow, a Manchester Apollo and Cardiff International Arena.

Examples of single-use cosmetic equipment during concerts include:

  • Plastic drinks bottles
  • Plastic straws
  • Glitter
  • Plastic food trays
  • Cable ties
  • Toiletry bottles (hand-wash, showering gel, etc)

Live Nation says it will start trialling plant-based H2O bottles opposite Europe in 2019.

It has also launched a new set of sustainability goals, including a aim of shortening hothouse gas emissions 50% by 2030; and a joining to send 0 rubbish to landfill by 2030.

“Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals any year, Live Nation has a event and shortcoming to yield a artists and fans with a live song knowledge that protects a planet,” pronounced Michael Rapino, boss of Live Nation Entertainment.

“The inauspicious effects of meridian change are undeniable, and we wish to use a place on a universe theatre to be partial of a solution. Together a concerts, venues, festivals, and offices around a universe are environment new sustainability standards for live events.”

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