Camp Bestival 2020 will remove plastic water bottles from its bars in favour of the 100% recyclable CanO Water, after pledging to go single-use plastic free by 2021.
All bars on site will stock CanO Water instead of plastic bottles, when the event takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020.
Organisers Josie and Rob da Bank made the decision following The Final Straw campaign banning plastic straws from their festival portfolio, and the Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) Drastic on Plastic initiative, which has seen over 60 festivals pledge to eradicate single use plastics from their events by 2021.
Rob da Bank commented: “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.”
CanO Water co-founder Ariel Booker added: “We’re excited to work with Bestival this summer to significantly reduce plastic waste and help the festival take steps to become even more eco-friendly. Replacing plastic bottles with our infinitely recyclable cans is a big win for the environment, but a bold move from Bestival which other festivals should take notice of.”