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Bye Bye Plastic: BLOND:ISH, Annie Mac, Eats Everything & More Advocate For Eco-Friendly Parties
Today, Dec. 11, Vivie-Ann Bakos, a.k.a. beloved DJ/producer BLOND:ISH, revealed that more than 1,500 DJs, as well as a growing number of management agencies and clubs, have joined in on Bye Bye Plastic's first movement to eliminate single-use plastic at clubs, parties and festivals.
Artists including Richie Hawtin, ANNA, Pete Tong, Honey Dijon, Ben Klock, Patrick Topping, Sven Väth, Nicole Moudaber, Eats Everything, Annie Mac, Archie Hamilton and many more have committed to the campaign's #PlasticFreeParty pledge by singing onboard with the Eco-Rider, which asks for no plastic bottles, cups or straws in the DJ booths they play in.
The much-needed initiative is helmed by Bakos, who is known for her mystical house sets at parties around the world. She is a regular at Burning Man, an event centered on the sustainability of self, the collective and the surrounding environment and where everyone has to bring their own reusable cups.
Bye Bye Plastic aims to remove single-use plastics from the music industry by 2025.
"We're in an absolute pivotal moment in evolution, where change is in the air, and silence doesn't bring change," Bakos said via a press release.
"Change is fueled by movements. Movements thrive on community, creativity, participation and idealism. The secret ingredient a.k.a. 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."
According to the press release, this first call-to-action is just "the first step in a series of industry-wide actionables the [organization] 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." These include event sustainability experts A Greener Festival and Oceanic Global's Blue Rider, which was used at Glastonbury earlier this year.
One of the main goals of Bye Bye Plastic is to assist clubs and festivals in making the transition to going fully single-use plastic free. Eats Everything and Annie Mac have set the bar for taking the Eco-Rider one step further by encouraging clubs to reach out to the organization for helpful resources.
Please visit the org's website if you want to learn more or get involved.