Composting toilets take centre stage at Glastonbury

Image: WaterAid/Matt Cardy

Leafy living loos have been unveiled by charity WaterAid as headliners at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which runs until Sunday 25 June.

The fruity toilets, just a short walk from the festival's legendary Pyramid Stage, have been created by award-winning garden designer Tom Massey. Brought to life by compost from past Glastonbury Festivals, they are abundant with edible plants, fruit and vegetables able to withstand a changing climate and commonly grown by communities where the international charity works.

"Where better than the iconic Glastonbury Festival to shine a light on the many benefits of having a decent toilet?"

Tim Wainwright, WaterAid UK

Centre stage is a fully-functioning composting loo, surrounded by four others protruding with plant life, to highlight the importance of the one in five people without a decent toilet – almost 1.7 billion of the world’s population.

Image: WaterAid/Matt Cardy

Whilst inside, toilet-goers can check out climate inspired slogans created by music legends, including Ringo Starr and Debbie Harry. The designs are available as temporary tattoos at the charity’s water kiosks across the festival, which takes place in south-west England.

Ringo Starr design for the Our Climate Fight campaign. Image: WaterAid

Tim Wainwright, chief executive of WaterAid UK said, “Where better than the iconic Glastonbury Festival to shine a light on the many benefits of having a decent toilet? We’re delighted to offer revellers a moment of inspiration whilst they visit our Living Loos - a fun way to relay an important message.

“One in five people worldwide are without a decent toilet, one in ten live without access to clean water. In the face of unpredictable and extreme weather, clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene are essential for survival. These basic human rights must be made available for everyone, and now’s the time to take action."

Image: WaterAid/Matt Cardy

WaterAid has been a charity partner of Glastonbury Festival since 1994, supporting the water and sanitation services, and highlighting its work to provide clean water and decent toilets to people around the world.