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Glastonbury: Your last-minute sustainable shopping list for the festival tonight






Isabelle Fromemming




Glastonbury was one of the first of its kind, and tonight it’s finally back in all its glory. Stars like Alexa Chung and Kate Moss brave the mud-filled musical trenches with the rest of us, and music lovers, rain or shine, are ready to brave the elements.

After two years of canceled shows, Britain’s iconic festival, with its plethora of bells and bandanas, will unfold across thirty-one arenas. This year, headliners such as Paul McCartney, Billie Eilish and The Foals will attract eager guests for the latest iteration of the Somerset-based music festival.

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Kate Moss at Glastonbury in 2005

Ironically though, for an event with its roots in the environment, it hasn’t always been so good for the surrounding nature which provides the main stage. The consequences of the approximately 200,000 music lovers present are unwanted memories for nature left behind. Local Babington House members who volunteer for the annual ‘Tidy Crew’ share infamous stories of plastic litter and cannabis-traced fish in local rivers, as well as unmilking cows months after the final show. After Glasto guests return to the haven of their amenities, the only memories of their time at the event should be elbows brushed with a favorite artist or new band playing on repeat, not environmental damage.

So how can you ensure you’re muddling your boots but not the festival waters? Through a conscious packing checklist. From petroleum-free glitter to biodegradable wipes, here’s your sustainable checklist for looking fresh as a daisy with no single-use pollutants in sight:

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Biodegradable Makeup Glitter

These biodegradable glitters are made from plant cellulose, made from sustainably sourced eucalyptus trees. It is just as bright as non-bio-flakes, and when it is washed off and meets the soil, it will completely biodegrade compost and wastewater where microorganisms are present. Then it will leave Earth in about 90 days.

Biodegradable Mixed Glitter, £3.50, Muobu

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Biodegradable cleaning wipes

These biodegradable wipes contain no artificial fragrances, colors or harsh chemicals that can irritate your skin. They are vegan and certified cruelty-free by PETA. Unlike regular wipes, they’re made from 100% plant-based fibers that biodegrade in just 42 days under industrial composting conditions. So with each package you save the equivalent of 4 plastic bags.

Simple Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, £3.50, Superdrug

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The make-up bag

This item is part of Selfridges selection of products that are better for people and the planet. Milk Makeup’s Prep Swipe Go Gift Set is for busy beauties looking for a quick and easy morning routine perfect for Glastonbury Go. Containing four of the brand’s favorite vegan formulas, like the cult-favorite Hydro Grip Primer, plus an accompanying headband, this set takes your process back to basics. Think hydrated primer that lasts all day, red, tanned complexion, and clean, voluminous lashes — this quartet is a fast track to simple yet stunning makeup that doesn’t harm pets.

Milk Makeup Prep Swipe Go Gift Set, £22, Selfridges

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bamboo toothbrush

More than 5 billion plastic toothbrushes are dumped in landfills and oceans each year, and it is feared that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish; So replace your plastic toothbrush with this bamboo toothbrush and make a difference on your trip to Glastonbury.

Gondola Bamboo Toothbrush Set, £7.99, Amazon

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The reusable nail polish remover

Conventional cotton pads are an environmental disaster. Cotton requires a massive amount of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. Therefore, it should not be used for single-use products. Reduce your daily waste by opting for reusable makeup remover pads. Bambaw makeup remover pads will also serve you for a long time. There is no need to constantly repurchase disposable cottons and they will save you money in the long run.

Bambaw Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, £13.50, Boots

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