Image: Lost Village Festival (source)
Summer is nearly here, and if there's one thing most festival goers can agree on, it's their love of glitter - there's something special about getting sparkly with your mates to the soundtrack of your favourite music.
It's also notoriously difficult to get rid of, (see above!) but is that the biggest problem it brings? Well, apparently not. We all saw David Attenborough's harrowing coverage of where our litter ends up, and according to experts, micro plastics can mean big trouble for the environment. Previously banned face washes, and lovely sparkly glitter, contain tiny particles which easily slip through filtration systems, ending up in oceans, waiting to get ingested by unsuspecting marine life.
Step forward the Association of Independent Festivals. Their campaign, #DrasticOnPlastic, will see vendors prohibited from selling single use plastic on site by 2021, including plastic bottles, straws, food trays, and of course glitter.
The 61 festivals include some of the UK's best known events, with Bestival, Kendal Calling and Festival No 6, all supporting the initiative, as well as the below.
Barn on the Farm
Belladrum Tartan Heart Bestival
Burning Lantern/Brecon Jazz
End of the Road
Festival No 6
Festival of Voice
Fire in the Mountain
Kew the Music
Liverpool Sound City
Oxted Beer & Music
Pete the Monkey
Strawberries & Creem
Underneath the Stars
Although ticket holders will not be banned from bringing glitter in to festivals, they will be encouraged to buy bio-degradable alternatives, which are widely available with a quick Google search.