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.
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
Alex the Astronaut
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Rolling Blackouts Coast Fever
Tiny Little Houses
Tropical Fuck Storm
You Beauty+ more TBA
Yours & Owls Festival 2018
Saturday, 29th — Sunday, 30th September — SOLD OUT
Stuart Park, Wollongong