Every year, thousands of traders bring their wares to Glastonbury and 2011 will be no different. From a yummy breakfast to a late night snack you can be sure to find something, somewhere that will satisfy your culinary desires. Plus, of course, food is not the only thing traded here, from tents and wellies to the ethical bongos helping school kids in Africa to the hand-crafted jewellery from down the road, the shopping options are endless.
This year will also be the sixth year of the Festival’s Green Traders Awards, given by Glastonbury, Greenpeace, The Soil Association, The Fairtrade Foundation and Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) to the traders who do the most to help make the Festival greener, fairer and more sustainable.
Over the last few years a team of Greenpeace volunteers (you might have seen them) has trekked across the festival site interviewing traders, quizzing them about everything from: how they arrived on site, what their stall was made of; how much of their stock was Fairtrade, organic or recycled, and any other ethical criteria they proactively used to reduce their impact on the environment.
The Awards have revealed some really good ideas over the years and have become the benchmark of the green trading sector at major festivals throughout the UK.
All the winners from previous years have been awarded banners, which should be proudly displayed at this year’s Festival. Why not do your bit to help reward all these traders by looking out for them and giving them your vote by shopping with them?
Any Glastonbury traders who would like to enter this year’s awards can do so by clicking here and completing the online entry form (before June 13th).