This year’s Yours & Owls festival is boycotting single-use plastics

Wollongong’s annual Yours & Owls Festival has just pledged to go plastic-free, replacing single-use plastics with sustainable and reusable alternatives.

As a part of last year’s agreement to combat harmful plastic pollution with Plastic Free Wollongong and Citizen Blue, the festival is replacing over 15,000 non-sustainable plastic items, including, cups, water bottles, straws, and cutlery, with re-usable or compostable options.

yours & Owls plastic free 2018
Photo: Brooke Tunbridge

Plastic Free Wollongong’s initiative will involve the entire community in an effort to reduce 70% of the targeted single-use plastic items at their source by 2020.

The announcement by Yours & Owls Festival Director Balunn Jones followed the proposal of a three-year plan by Splendour In The Grass, to eventually phase out the use of single-use plastic straws and water bottles.

There are so many good people in the community that spend their weeks raising awareness of these issues. We are lucky enough to have a festival right next to the beach and want to do whatever we can to make sure we are contributing to making our town a better place for the future.”

This year’s Yours & Owls festival has one of the biggest lineups of 2018, including performances from Angus & Julia Stone, Methyl Ethel, Middle Kids, Jungle Giants and loads more. The south coast festival runs over three days and is the largest sold out crowd to date.

Before this year’s plastic-free initiative, the festival’s risk of pollution was at an all-time high.

“Seeing rubbish in and about the coastline is a reminder that unless we are conscious of what we do with our waste, our waterways and ocean life will deteriorate.” 

General Admission tickets have sold out, but Yours & Owls are offering 20 people the chance to attend for free if they sign up to get involved with the clean-up.

Yours & Owls Festival 2018 Lineup

Angus & Julia Stone
Peking Duk
Alison Wonderland
Jungle Giants
Methyl Ethel
Ocean Alley
Hockey Dad
D.D Dumbo
Middle Kids
Cub Sport
Alex the Astronaut
Alice Ivy
Big White
Dear Seattle
Jack River
Jess Locke
Johnny Hunter
Luca Brasi
Maddy Jane
Mere Women
Moaning Lisa
Obscura Hail
Pist Idiots
Press Club
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever
The Vanns
Tiny Little Houses
Touch Sensitive
Tropical Fuck Storm
Yahtzel (Live)
You Beauty+ more TBA

Yours & Owls Festival 2018

Saturday, 29th — Sunday, 30th September — SOLD OUT
Stuart Park, Wollongong