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Lucid to bring sustainable modular system to Glastonbury

by Nicola Macdonald

Lucid, a company that designs, creates and builds event installations and sets, will be bringing a reusable modular system to Glastonbury festival as an alternative to single-use sets.

Commissioned by Emily Eavis, co-organiser of Glastonbury, and Kerry Veitch of Glastonbury’s The Common, new venue SAMULA: The Portal will be filled with greenery and will incorporate the trees and plants of Worthy Farm, where Glastonbury has been held for almost 50 years.

Lucid is attempting to address the negative impact of disposable design and festival infrastructure, making it the company’s mission to lead the way in sustainable stage design.

It wants to end the practice of single-use sets. One-off installations, made using huge quantities of new raw materials, are built for events that last a few days or even hours, only to then be thrown into landfill.

As a replacement for single-use sets, co-founder Chris Carr designed a modular system of steel frames that can be flat-packed in storage for later reuse. The system allows the company to build sustainable sets, shows and stages with minimal environmental impact; and is currently in use throughout Lucid’s builds.

“My passion for the environment and sustainability stemmed from my childhood – my mother was composting and recycling before anyone was talking about it. Everyone thought she was weird,” commented co-founder Helen Swan. Swan previously ran her own sustainable party company called Eco My Party; totally compostable parties in a cardboard box leaving zero waste

According to a report by Powerful Thinking, it is estimated that roughly 23,500 tonnes of waste is produced annually at UK music festivals. Of that, only around a third is recycled and the rest goes into landfill.

“Glastonbury-goers can take the Leave No Trace pledge to take all of their belongings home and we believe that, as the people creating the festival, it is imperative to do our part too,” continued Swan.

The three core design and construction methods used by Lucid are the modular system, which allows the team to quickly set up and break down structures, reusable panels and sustainable materials.

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