Leeds, Reading, Download and Latitude to go plastic-free by 2021

 Leeds, Reading, Download and Latitude to go plastic-free by 2021

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Live Nation have announced all of their venues and events will be free of single-use plastic by 2021, including major British music festivals.

Download, Latitude, Wireless, Leeds and Reading are some of around 20 Live Nation festivals affected. The venues involved include Brixton Academy and the Manchester Apollo.

Live Nation says it will begin trialling plant-based water bottles at its events this year, made from PLA.

Independent festival Boomtown Fair will use PLA or ‘Vegware’ for all food and drink packaging except aluminium cans this year, which will be composted into agricultural soil within 12 weeks. The festival has banned plastic bottles from being sold on site with immediate effect, as has Glastonbury.

Earlier this week, the British Government announced plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds would be banned from sale across England and Wales from 2020.

An ’emergency broadcast’ from Download Festival encourages fans to buy a good quality tent and to bring a reusable water bottle. Over 60 independent festivals recently launched the ‘Take Your Tent Home‘ campaign, asking festivalgoers to stop buying ‘single-use’ tents.

As part of their new Green Charter, Live Nation will attempt to cut their greenhouse gas emissions by 50% and send zero waste to landfill by 2030.

Live Nation Entertainment President Michael Rapino said: “Hosting over 35,000 concerts and festivals each year, Live Nation has the opportunity and responsibility to provide our artists and fans with a live music experience that protects our planet.

“The adverse effects of climate change are undeniable, and we want to use our place on the world stage to be part of the solution. Together our concerts, venues, festivals, and offices around the world are setting new sustainability standards for live events.”

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