Why you need to cut off your festival wristband now

If you’re going to a festival this weekend, you need to read this

Yes, we get that you had an amazing time at Glastonbury 2014. But if you’re still reliving the glory days by wearing your wristband, it might be time to stop.

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In a recent study, microbiologist Dr Nick Coleman revealed exactly how disgusting those old festival wristbands actually are. And trust us, they really are gross.

Analysing three wristbands from 2009, 2010 and 2016, the senior lecturer at the University of Sydney found that after two days of incubation, the older bands had collected a considerable about of bacteria.

And by a ‘considerable amount’, we mean A LOT.

The results showed that the 2010 band held 600 million bacteria, as opposed to the newer 2016 one which had just 80,000.

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These bacteria were described as ‘possibly dangerous to human health’. ‘We can’t say for sure these are dangerous bacteria, but the numbers are so high that I would advise people against doing this and wearing them for years and years and years,’ says Dr Coleman.

So if you’re heading to a festival this weekend, or you’re still wearing one, the message is clear: CUT THEM OFF. NOW.

And then maybe stick them in a scrapbook instead? After all, it was a pretty great weekend… 

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