Bye Bye Plastic, helmed by Vivie-Ann Bakos aka BLOND:ISH, aims to remove single-use plastics from the music industry by 2025. Climate change is the ultimate hot topic, this year more than ever.
Bye Bye Plastic can now announce 1,500 artists, management and booking agencies have backed the #PlasticFreeParty pledge. Artists such as Richie Hawtin, ANNA, Pete Tong, Honey Dijon, Ben Klock, Cassy, Sven Vath, Nicole Moudaber, Eats Everything, Annie Mac and Archie Hamilton are adopting an ‘eco-rider’ demanding a single-use plastic-free DJ booth. Each and every artist participating is a vital voice using their platform for positive change; the intention is for the eco rider to become music industry standard.
‘We’re in an absolutely pivotal moment in evolution, where change is in the air, and silence doesn’t bring change,’ Viv says.‘Change is fuelled by movements. Movements thrive on community, creativity, participation and idealism. The secret ingredient aka superpower we have to add to this mix is MUSIC. It’s the absolute strongest glue and the strongest human connector. We can’t forget that, so let’s use it endlessly for GOOD.’
Bye Bye Plastic’s call to action is the first step in a series of industry-wide actionables they will be rolling out, including carbon offsetting. The eco rider aims to kick start kicking out plastic, joining a number of other brilliant initiatives with the same core mission, working towards a greener future. Pioneers and event sustainability experts A Greener Festival launched their Green Artist Rider in partnership with Paradigm booking agency, and Oceanic Global’s Blue Rider was used at Glastonbury for Orca Sound Project and Keep Britain Tidy’s recycled plastic stage earlier this year.
Another essential role of Bye Bye Plastic is to help clubs and festivals make the transition to single-use plastic-free events. DJs including Eats Everything and Annie Mac have already taken the Eco-rider to the next level, encouraging clubs to contact BBP for advice on their transition to single-use plastic-free parties, or appropriate eco alternatives.