Sparkle Without Hurting the Environment – UK Festivals Ban Glitter

Glitter is being banned from music festivals:


Glitter has become an increasingly popular accessory for music festival attendees. The craft supply, which never seems to fully disappear from hair and clothing, is causing a bigger issue – it is hurting the Earth.

The UK is taking a stand against this tiny combination of plastic, and metal by banning it from many festivals. This is part of a bigger ban which includes the ban of all sales of, cotton swabs, plastic straws, and single-use plastics in the UK. 

This is just one step in the country’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, which aims to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF), launched the ‘#Drastic On Plastic’ digital campaign on April 22, 2018.


The websites of all 61 festivals involved were “wrapped in plastic” for 24 hours.  The #DrasticOnPlastic pledge was signed by festivals which make up the AIF and are required to become completely free of single-use plastics by 2021 – including straws, plastic cups, food trays, wet wipes and other single-use plastics.



The banning of glitter may be devastating news, however, there is a solutionbiodegradable glitter. 

This can be found online on Cosmetic BioGlitz, or Etsy shops such as, EcoSparkles, VivaLaGlitterlution, and SparklePigGlitter.


              BioGlitz Biodegradable Glitter


BioGlitz pledges their glitter is, “produced from a biodegradable film that is certified compostable, derived from sustainable sources, and does not contain materials that are genetically modified nor materials obtained from genetically modified organisms.”  The trees used to create the biodegradable film are sourced from The Forest Stewardship Council Certified suppliers.

By making the switch to biodegradable glitter, music festival attendees are being more environmentally friendly.

Check out the festivals that have signed the pledge:
  • 2000trees
  • Ampthill Festival
  • ArcTanGent
  • Barn on the Farm
  • Beat-Herder Festival
  • Belladrum Tartan Heart
  • Bestival
  • Bloodstock Open Air
  • Bluedot Festival
  • Boardmasters
  • Boomtown Fair
  • Burning Lantern Festival
  • Camp Bestival
  • Chase Park Festival
  • Common People
  • Deer Shed Festival
  • Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Cymru
  • El Dorado
  • Elderflower Fields
  • Electric Fields
  • End Of The Road Festival
  • Fairport’s Cropredy Convention
  • Festival No.6
  • Festival of Voice
  • Field Day
  • Fire in the Mountain – Tan yn y Mynydd
  • Garage Nation Outdoor Festival
  • Green Gathering
  • Greenbelt Festival
  • Handmade Festival
  • Hanwell Hootie Music Festival
  • Hebridean Celtic Festival
  • Just So Festival
  • Kendal Calling
  • Kew The Music
  • Larmer Tree Festival
  • London Remixed Festival
  • Long Division
  • Lost Village
  • Magical
  • Meltdown Festival
  • Mint Street Music Festival
  • Nozstock The Hidden Valley
  • Oxjam Music Festival
  • Oxted Beer and Music Festival
  • Pangaea Festival
  • Pete the Monkey Festival
  • Rewind Festival
  • Shambala Festival
  • Standon Calling
  • Starry Skies
  • Strawberries & Creem Festival
  • Sunflowerfest
  • SWN Festival
  • The Secret Garden Party
  • The Vicar’s Picnic
  • Tramlines
  • Truck Festival
  • Twisterella Festival
  • Underneath the Stars festival
  • Victorious Festival
  • Village Green
  • Y-Not Festival


Erin Riedl

Hi I'm Erin. I'm a small human who enjoys yoga, coffee, and all things music.

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