Photos: KōLAB Studios | Crewe-Read Photography

 

Less plastic feels fantastic

Plastic rubbish saved from reaching the oceans was transformed into a Glastonbury Festival arena, with support from Hinkley Point C contractor, Kier BAM.

Kier Bam were one of 100 companies who made tidy work of collecting the plastic waste from the beach bordering Hinkley Point C. When they’d finished, the plastic tubs, bottles and other waste from the shoreline filled a huge 10-tonne builder’s bag.

Did you know?

10 tonnes of plastic is equivalent to about one million plastic bottles.

The plastic was processed by Exeter City Council before being recycled into materials to build Shangri-La’s 360-degree Audio-Visual Arena, named The Gas Tower. It was used as a backdrop at the end of June for a line-up of world-famous electronic DJs and AV artists including Subfocus and Bicep. This sustainable scheme was the result of a collaboration between the Orca Sound Project, Keep Britain Tidy and Shangri-La Glastonbury.

“Our Environmental Manager Emma Keen volunteers at Glastonbury every year and keeps an eye out for charity opportunities for us,” explained Kier Bam Office Manager, Amy Bradbury. “This was perfect as protecting and preserving the local environment is a top priority for us. And we love doing litter picks to help clear up our beautiful local coastline so it was great to be part of this exciting event.”