Festivals and packaging waste: what can we do to change it?

The options for food at festivals are seemingly endless. No matter what time of day, you can choose from classic burgers, Sunday roasts, fish and chips and a range of cuisines from around the world. One thing is for sure - if you have a food craving at a festival, you won’t have to walk for more than five minutes before it can be met.

But with all that food (and drink) comes a mountain of packaging waste and believe us when we say there is LOTS of it. Still need convincing? Check out our infographic that highlights the sheer amount of waste left behind after this year’s Glastonbury festival...


And for anyone who's been to a festival, it’s all too common to see sad sights such as these on the last day…

So, with over 1000 tonnes of waste after each event, are the organisers of some of the biggest festivals in the UK doing anything about it? Let’s take a look…



As Bestival is located on the Isle of Wight, their main green initiative is to encourage attendees to use public transport as opposed to cars. Additionally, they still want to keep waste to a minimum when festival-goers arrive onsite with the power of biodegradable goods:





Glastonbury still has some pretty big stats when it comes to waste, despite the years of bad publicity and the after-effects of excessive rubbish. But does the blame lie with the festival organisers, or lazy festival goers littering and leaving their unwanted items behind?

As it turns out, Glastonbury has a big green campaign running at the moment entitled ‘Love Worthy Farm… Leave No Trace’.


Green Gathering

As the name suggests, Green Gathering operates on a very environmentally friendly basis. The website details a full list of local suppliers as well as details on transport, cooking, energy, food, recycling and much more.

Can biodegradable packaging help?


In short, yes.

Whilst most festivals are banning plastic and coming around to the idea of environmentally friendly packaging, what we really need is for EVERY food product to come in 100% biodegradable packaging.


Here at WF Denny, we have a huge range of biodegradable packaging that will fully break down within six weeks. That means no landfill, no energy spent on recycling, no toxic materials, just simple composting that is great for the environment. Take a look at our full range here.


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