The Fairyland Trust has been progressively eliminating plastic from its events since it started in 2001. Many other festivals and events are now trying to do the likewise (for example Shambala Festival).
“It’s not always easy” says Sarah Wise who co-ordinates Fairyland Trust events. “The event business has become as used to relying on plastic as have many other businesses, from retail to farming but it has to be done”.
“For instance we use canvas tents not plastic gazebos, use painted wood not printed plastic, avoid hiring stall-holders who generate waste such as plastic drinks cups, plastic containers, straws or bottles, and are now getting rid of plastic details like cable ties. In 2018 we stopped using the small amounts of plastic glitter featured in our making Workshops. We encourage visitors to do the same and use non-plastic face paint and cosmetics* instead, and we urge all other event managers to join us in eliminating plastic”.
[*See Lush lustres below – non plastic]
How We Ended Plastic Glitter
Although it looks like shiny metal, plastic glitter is instant pollution.
Remind you of anyone?
All that glitters is not gold – we don’t think even Smaug would like gold plastic glitter.
(You can get coloured sand from educational suppliers or arts and crafts shops.)
Dressing Up and Glitter
Many people dress up for the Fairy Fair. We encourage everyone to dress up and look good without buying any new plastic. Many people do not realise that the majority of new clothes contain plastic: polyester, nylon, elastane, lycra and acrylic are all plastic. Our 2018 survey of Halloween childrens and adult costumes found most were made of polyester.
A big issue at many summer festivals is glitter, most of which is made of plastic. For an alternative to plastic glitter see the lustres sold at Lush. They use artificial mica which is a mineral and not plastic. (‘Biodegradable’ glitters are not all biodegradable and some still contain plastic).
Above: how to find an alternative to plastic glitter – artificial mica lustres on Lush cosmetics by searching ‘Synthetic fluorphlogopite’ under ‘products’