Bestival and Camp Bestival promoters have revealed that all of the onsite bars at their events (held at their Lulworth-based sites) will now stock – instead of plastic water bottles – CanO Water.
The decision to replace these single-use objects with canned alternatives was made in the wake of The Final Straw campaign; a movement made to roll out a plastic straw ban from their festival portfolio.
It was also made in accord with the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) Drastic on Plastic initiative, which has successfully prompted more than 60 festivals pledge to eradicate single-use plastics from their events by 2021.
Commenting on the decision, Bestival and Camp Bestival curator Rob da Bank said: “We’re very serious about reducing the plastic waste at our festivals, which we know is a problem that needs solving.
“We’ve already launched The Final Straw and joined the Drastic on Plastic campaign, so getting rid of plastic water bottles and using CanO Water’s 100% recyclable cans on our bars is a big step ahead in our mission.
“We’d love for all the traders on site to be plastic free right now but we’re also realistic that can’t happen overnight. Our goal is 2021 but we’re going to do as much as we can before that date and bringing in CanO Water is an important step that we’re pleased we can make this year.”
This environmentally conscious choice will result in both festivals (Bestival and Camp Bestival) retailing still and sparkling water in fully recyclable 330ml aluminium cans.
This is yet another example of the impact The Final Straw campaign has made since its launch in January. With more and more promoters and production companies coming on board, we can look forward to a greener and cleaner festival scene – from this year and beyond!
> Hannah Montgomery