In a move to spread awareness of our planet, the Glastonbury Festival is planning a special stage design for this year’s event. The iconic Gas Tower stage will be transformed and built from the ground up with recycled plastic.

As you may know, the festival has already made a ban on the sale of plastic bottles this year and is looking for ways to be earth friendly as possible. The stage itself is rather complex, consisting of 8 HD screens that surround festivalgoers with a 360-degree view.

“we are showing the world that the plastic we no longer want or need can be recycled”

Considering the stage itself is fairly large, it is reported that 10 tons of plastic will be required for the build. A majority of the plastic will be collected in Cornwall, Somerset, and Devon, along with several beach cleanup events. The first beach cleanup event will take place May 11. Those that plan on attending the festival, are encouraged to take part in one of the events! Several more cleanup dates will be added and found on their website here.

Once enough plastic is collected, it will be organized before being processed into stage materials. This project might be more complex than using standard materials, but the goal is to bring awareness of our planet.

This entire project wouldn’t exist without the work from leaders Keep Britain Tidy and the Orca Sound Project. Additionally, it wouldn’t be possible for those collecting the recycled materials as well.  Allison Ogden-Newton of Keep Britain Tidy described it as a great way to remove plastic from our environment, all while showing what can be produced with recycled material.

We can’t wait to see how the finished stage turns out and hope to see similar projects in the future!


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