Anti-Plastic Concerts

Anti-Plastic Concerts

19 October, 2015
Plastic Free Touring
Changing The Live-Music Industry, One Bottle of Beer At A Time
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With the cooler weather, it's festival season! Are you ready to party in a new way... the zero waste way?
 
On June 30, 2014, the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm in Pilton saw a huge sea of garbage and plastic waste after the concert was over. The enormous amount of rubbish that concerts leave behind has become an issue for the live-music industry, as the industry continues to thrive yet still so little is being done to reduce the carbon footprint that concerts leave behind.
 
The widespread use of single-use containers for beer, water, and other drinks have been one huge contributor. Dianna Cohen, an environmental, artist, and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, is determined to change that.
 
Plastic Free Touring is part of Dianna Cohen’s broader Plastic Free Living initiative. In just a couple of years, the Plastic Pollution Coalition has worked with Jackson Browne, Ben Harper and Crosby, Stills and Nash, as well as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to provide fans and artists with reusable, stainless-steel containers to use instead of single-use cups.
 
7,500 of these containers were made available to fans at Bonnaroo, and everyone that bought one saved a dollar for every beer they purchased throughout the weekend. Having water refill stations all across the festival grounds also helped. “After they sold out, people actually started stealing them from each other,” Cohen said. “They were very coveted.”
 
Dianna Cohen hopes to see all the major music festivals implement the usage of reusable containers into their grounds. “This can be extended to sporting venues and schools,” she said. “I’d also like to see venues offer more people options of producing beverages from kegs, large containers, and soda fountains.”
 

By: Ecozine Staff
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