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Time to get drastic on plastic

It is predicted that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050.

That’s a pretty astonishing thought, but when you consider that in the UK alone, 38.5 million plastic bottles are used once and discarded every single day, it starts to seem more plausible – and frightening.

That’s why the Association of Independent Festivals’ (AIF) has decided to get drastic. Its Drastic on Plastic campaign commits festival organisers to banning the use of plastic straws on-site this season as a minimum first step – and eliminating all single-use plastic at their events by 2021.

Last week, organisers of more than 60 independent festival across the UK signed up to the campaign.

AIF CEO Paul Reed says: “It is encouraging and inspiring that so many AIF members have taken this initiative and pledge on-board without hesitation and are taking a collective stand against single-use plastic. This is one of the most critical issues facing our businesses and wider society. By working together as an industry and taking affirmative action, we can make a tangible difference.”

And if festivals can take this major step, surely the meeting and event industry can also play its part? Obviously, festivals and conferences are different beasts – but the plastic problem is the same. And it’s not going away, unless we choose to do something about it.

As Reed says, co-operation and affirmative action is the way forward on this issue, so perhaps it is time for those at the head of our industry to put their heads together and think big – and let’s get drastic on plastic ourselves.