More than 2,500 items shipped from the festival via French charity
Glastonbury Festival has long been strongly associated with charities, donating annually to groups like Greenpeace, Oxfam, WaterAid and the NHS’ blood and transplantation programmes.
One of the most common modern-day criticisms of the festival has been its waste management, and in particular the volume of waste left behind. The comment resurfaces year-on-year despite repeated efforts from the festival to push punters to be more environmentally friendly.
Liz Clegg, who works for the festival, has come up with an innovative way to combine the two sides of the festival. She’s taken discarded wellies and ponchos from the 2015 event and shipped them off to the migrant camp in Calais known as ‘The Jungle’.
Five hundred pairs of wellies discarded at the festival in 2014 have now been shipped to the camp through French charity Association Salam, which works regularly with the migrants.
Alongside the wellies, Glastonbury have shipped more than 2,000 unused ponchos and some first aid kits.
Clegg isn’t done with her help in Calais, either, with the official Glastonbury website adding:
“While she was in Calais, Liz became aware that there is a massive issue at the migrant camp with rubbish collection and recycling. A team organised by the Calais Migrant Solidarity Facebook group is now travelling from the UK to instigate a system to enable the residents of the camp to manage the rubbish, and the Festival has donated bin bags to assist.”
“The migrants in Calais are living in desperate conditions, and we’re very pleased to be able to help support their basic humanitarian needs.”
Despite the positive use of discarded items, Glastonbury’s official policy remains ‘leave no trace’, with the ‘Love Worthy Farm’ section of the website stating:
“We plead with you to take all your belongings home when you leave the farm. We really do want you to leave no trace of you ever having been at the Festival except for your memories.”
The festival announced last month that its final tally for 2014 donations reached £2 million, with Greenpeace and Oxfam the two largest recipients.