With our history firmly rooted in activism and our profound connection with our rural heritage, all of us at Glastonbury Festival are passionately committed to creating a cleaner, more fair, sustainable future for all.
Ever since the early days of the Festival and the establishment of the Green Fields, Glastonbury has tried to use renewable energy wherever possible. The solar farm that covers our cow sheds is one of the largest privately-owned solar photovoltaic systems in the country and powers Worthy Farm as well as Festival offices. In 2019 we installed a new anaerobic digester which captures greenhouse gasses from farm waste and converts it into clean, carbon-neutral energy which is also used to power Festival offices and production areas. As well as actively reducing our carbon emissions, we continue to invest in the Festival’s infrastructure to incorporate new and innovative technologies that will further increase our use of renewable energy.
In 2019, we banned the sale of single-use plastic bottles on our Festival site. This saved over one million bottles from waste and sparked wider conversations about our culture’s reliance on harmful disposables items and the importance of re-use. This year we want to draw attention to other forms of avoidable single-use packaging and have worked really hard to ensure that the crisps for sale on site are sold in compostable bags. Our traders have been held to high standards for many years, which include that all food ware is compostable and that single use sachets are not used.
But for Glastonbury Festival to be sustainable, we all have a duty to make sure the land on which it stands is looked after. With over 200,000 people visiting and working across this sprawling site, reducing the impact Glastonbury Festival has on its general environment is a huge task. And it is one which we are fiercely devoted to. But we simply can’t do it without you.
Here’s how you can help us to protect our environment and the future of the Festival.
- Please use the toilets provided. Peeing on the land or in the rivers contaminates the local water supply, killing wildlife and seriously compromises the future of the Festival.
- Please use our recycling bins. It is not okay to drop litter on the ground. Help us by placing your waste into the correct recycling bins.
- Please only use what you need. If every Festival-goer used four napkins instead of one, there would be an extra 450,000 napkins wasted unnecessarily.
- Take your tent and equipment home with you. Nothing should be considered disposable so please only bring equipment that is built to last.
- Please use public transport, cycle or car-share to Glastonbury Festival. Car exhaust is still the greatest contributor to global climate change. Join the 40 percent of Festival-goers that travel to the Festival by public transport and help to reduce our carbon footprint.
- Please bring a reusable water bottle. These can be filled for free at all of our taps and WaterAid kiosks across the Festival site.
- Please use water responsibly. Turn off taps and help us use water efficiently.
- Please do not bring in glass bottles or other prohibited items such as paper lanterns. They cause fires and harm the cattle that live on the land.
Beyond the farm
Our commitment to protect our environment – to use its resources responsibly and to reduce our ecological footprint – also extends beyond the physical boundaries of the Festival. Over the last few decades, we’ve donated millions of pounds to our partners at Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid, who all do invaluable work to meet the urgent needs of our planet. Those donations wouldn’t be possible without all of you who buy our tickets, and the support of the thousands of volunteers who give their time to these good causes at the Festival.
Please take a moment to read through our energy, waste and ecological policies and learn how we are working towards a more sustainable future, and the vital role you can play in helping us to achieve that.
Love the Farm, leave no trace.