Five things Glastonbury taught us about toilets

Come rain or shine, there’s one thing everybody needs at a festival: somewhere to go to the loo. Here’s what we learned about those all-important toilets at Glastonbury 2015.


1 Jul 2015

1. Nobody likes being looked at on the loo

From the outside, our #LooWithAView looked like a pretty, composting toilet with a handy mirrored door. But from the inside, it gave visitors a little taste of what life is like when you don’t have a safe, private place to go to the loo – like the community in Safeda Basti, Delhi. This was your verdict on the experience:

2. A little wee can make a big mess

Having a proper way to get rid of your waste makes a big difference. On Worthy Farm, the Don't Pee On The Land campaign highlighted how just one bucket of wee would pollute the entire Whitelake river, which runs through the festival site. And around the world, the impact on people’s health – and lives – of going to the loo in the open can be devastating, as Elida in Madagascar explains >

3. A clean loo is a happy loo

Our amazing team of volunteers made sure our latrines and ShePees were spick and span throughout the festival. And around the world, when we support a community to build new toilets, like these ones in Monze district, Zambia, we make sure they have the skills and tools they need to look after them for generations to come.

WaterAid volunteers at Glastonbury 2015

4. A toilet needs a tap like a…

We all know the feeling of relief when you find a nice, clean festival toilet, only to discover you’ve forgotten the loo roll and hand sanitiser. It’s a one-off for many of us, but in some of the world’s poorest communities, where access to proper sewerage and effective healthcare can be limited, not being able to wash your hands properly can lead to the spread of deadly diseases – which is why we work so hard at doing this >

5. Girls can use urinals too!

As long as they have a WaterAid ShePee of course. These handy contraptions made life easier for girls and women on Worthy Farm – but around the world, not having a safe, private place to go to the toilet frequently puts people at risk of animal attacks, accidents and assaults, a problem these inspirational women are determined to change >

WaterAid volunteers make sure the ShePees are kept clean at Glastonbury.WaterAid volunteers make sure the ShePees are kept clean at Glastonbury.

See our best bits from Glastonbury 2015 >