Glastonbury to support British steel with new re-usable pint cups

£5 deposit will get music fans one of 200,000 custom built cups

Glastonbury goers will be able to avoid waste and also support the British steel industry this year with the introduction of a sustainable, recycled stainless steel pint cup.

Over 200,000 of the custom built cups will be in circulation in ten major bars across the site, with customers paying a £5 deposit when they buy their first pint.

The Festival’s Green Initiatives and Sustainability Coordinator Lucy Smith is quoted as saying: “Everybody said we couldn’t do it with something on the scale of Glastonbury and it has been a major fight to get this scheme off the ground, dealing with everything from weights and measures to crushability tests.

“But for us, it’s part of the reusable revolution. It’s very similar to paying 5p for a carrier bag. We think people will take to it. The pints are made by APS in Birmingham, and it was a significant part of the project to have them made with British stainless steel.”

The cups are made of food grade 80 per cent recycled British stainless steel. When Festival-goers need a refill, they will be able to swap their cup for a fresh one.

Michael Eavis adds: “I’m told the cup initiative is a bit of a revolution. But for me, the single most important thing was being able to source British stainless steel for the cups from the place where it was invented – Sheffield, and then to take it on to the home of manufacture – Birmingham.”

“Week after week, there’s a story in the national press about jobs in the UK steel industry being put at risk. There’s seemingly no end to the negative slide of this critical industry, and if the jobs, skills and infrastructure are lost they won’t be replaced.”

The festival runs this year at its traditional home of Worthy Farm in Somerset from 22-26 June.

Joining headliners Adele, Coldplay and Muse on the bill will be Beck, Foals, LCD Soundsystem, Chvrches, James Blake, PJ Harvey, ZZ Top, New Order, Disclosure, Stormzy and Bring Me The Horizon among many more.

Skepta, Ellie Goulding, The 1975, The Last Shadow Puppets, Grimes, Jake Bugg, Fatboy Slim, Guy Garvey, Madness, Wolf Alice and Bat For Lashes wil also play live across the weekend.

Chris Martin recently told NME that headlining Glastonbury is “the closest thing to a homecoming gig” the band have got.

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