As the problem with plastic pollution and its tremendous impacts to the ocean ecosystems is becoming more and more studies and widely discussed, broader audiences are getting involved into important efforts to drive a plastic free life-style. While a new study by the University of Leicester, published in the journal Anthropocene, suggests that the surface of the planet is being noticeably altered by the production of long-lasting human-made materials, resulting in humanity entering an ‘Age of Plastic‘, the music industry seems to start interesting initiatives to reduce plastic consumption.
As a typical example, already from the end of 2012, Dianna Cohen — environmental activist, artist and co-founder of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, has started the project Plastic Free Touring, which is part of her 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 disposable cups.
For a more integrated approach, you can have a look at the top five things the music industry can do to reduce its environmental footprint.
Recently, the famous magazine Rolling Stone listed several similar efforts, in a very interesting article titled “The Music Industry’s Battle Against Plastic Junk“. To understand the importance of those efforts just put the question “How much garbage does a typical music festival generate?”According the Rolling Stone “The 2015 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, with roughly 90,000 attendees in Tennessee, produced more than 679 tons of waste over four days. That’s 6,8 kilograms of waste per festival-goer — nearly twice the average amount a U.S. consumer uses daily. The biggest component of that waste was single-use disposable plastic: water bottles, beer cups, straws, utensils, wrappers and packaging.”
Let’s hope that those efforts will be successful. Just to highlight the huge plastic footprint of our daily lives, have a look at this extreme but very interesting article of Daily Mail: a woman was living a plastic-free life for two years and all the garbage she generated fits in just one jar.