Tips to reduce your environmental footprint as a touring musician

“Touring musicians spend a lot of time eating in transit; servo pies, countless cups of coffee, a big mac here and there. The van floor ends up littered with chip packets and plastic water bottles after a few days. It’s gross and inescapable – or is it?

Green Music Australia are an organisation committed to making environmental change in the music industry. Their #BYOBottle campaign aims to end the use of single-use plastic water bottles, instead encouraging bands and punters to choose re-usable bottles instead.

Eliza Klatt, lovely frontlady of Eliza & The Delusionals, has just become a #BYOBottle ambassador. She joins Missy Higgins, Birds of Tokyo, Luca Brasi and many more in the fight against preventable pollution in Australia.”

Theatres Join Battle to Beat Single-use Plastic

The War Memorial Theatre in Gisborne is the first venue in New Zealand to sign up to a global initiative — BYOBottle.

Gisborne District Council has joined the international BYOBottle campaign in a commitment to reduce single-use plastic in its theatres.

The campaign engages performing artists, venues, event organisers and fans to reduce plastic waste in the entertainment industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations at events.

When attending events at the War Memorial Theatre, and the soon-to-be reopened Lawson Field Theatre, patrons and performers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.

The Lost Lands Refill Revolution!

The Lost Lands festival is widely regarded as a leader in environmental sustainability, cultivating creativity and music in a family-oriented space. In 2018, the festival took a green leap forward; eliminating all fossil fuel-based single-use plastic products on the site, including food-ware, cups and water bottles. A combination of reusable and compostable solutions were introduced both back and front of house, with the assistance of Green Music Australia. Other key sustainability initiatives included installing high quality water stations throughout the site, and implementing recycling measures for staff and punters to ensure they left no trace.

Melbourne Venues Agree to Stop Using Single-use Plastic Bottles

Thinking Green.

A handful of Melbourne music venues are joining the fight against single-use plastic bottles as part of Green Music Australia’s #BYOBottle campaign.

The Corner Hotel, Northcote Social Club and Yah Yah’s have all signed on to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles on their premises. The movement will see single-use plastic bottles replaced with water refill stations and bubblers, in addition to reusable water bottles for punters, artists and staff.

Live Nation Sets Sustainability Goals For Concerts And Live Events As Part Of Ongoing Green Nation Program

“Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, announced today that its global sustainability coalition, Green Nation, is committing to new environmental goals for all Live Nation owned and operated venues, clubs, theaters and festivals, with the primary targets of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030, and ending the sale of single-use plastics at all owned and operated venues and festivals by 2021.

new charter outlining these goals went live today. Our agreed position across the world is to reduce the negative environmental impacts often associated with live events including waste generation and single-use plastics, energy and water use, transport and food sourcing.”

Fans Want More Sustainable Festivals, Major Study From Ticketmaster Finds


– Waste reduction at festivals is the number one concern for fans this summer: two thirds of festival-goers want to see festival waste reduced 

– Over a third of fans admit to leaving their tents behind at a festival, believing they will be recycled

– This study follows the launch of Live Nation Entertainment’s pledge to reduce the environmental impact of festivals

– Findings also show the majority of festival-goers want more gender diversity in line-ups 

Ticketmaster’s study can be found on the Ticketmaster UK blog

Ticketmaster, the leading retailer of festival tickets, has today released its State of Play: Festivals study, which surveyed 4,000 festival-goers across the country to get their thoughts on the UK festival landscape. The report offers insight into fans’ attitudes towards pressing issues like sustainability and gender representation at festivals, as well as their views on food, drink, romance, new music discovery and the overall festival experience. 

3 Solutions To Reduce Plastic Pollution… In The Music Industry

Plastic whether we know it or not, is everywhere.

It resides in the $4 takeaway latte’s we buy every morning, the cars that we drive to work throughout the week and the cigarettes that we smoke on weekends to say goodbye to all the stress. Unfortunately for Earth the material takes up to 400 years to degrade and with a 379 million tonne increase in plastic production since the 1950’s, the flood gates are bursting open.

Scientists at National Geographic have calculated that a distressing 91% of the 8.3 billion metric tons of existing plastic are NOT being recycled. Plastic not salvaged either ends up as landfill, or if not contained is prone to blow away into rivers and natural water sources where the material is swept out into the ocean. Problems arising from plastic bags, toothpaste canisters and plastic straws are well documented, however the ingestion of microplastics is also a real threat to the natural food chain. Microplastics are 5mm in total size or less and are produced by the break down of floating plastic in waterways being exposed to constant sunlight. The danger here is that smaller marine life consumes these micro substances, then is eaten by wildlife higher up in the food chain – harbouring an endless cycle of consumption. There are plenty of reported cases around the globe where fisherman and even chefs are finding seafood containing microplastics.

So the most important question here is… how do we combat the problem?

Oniracom; the BYOBottle Campaign!

For decades Oniracom has proudly supported all of the Jack Johnson camp’s nonprofit initiatives as a marketing and technology partner including the Kokua Hawaii Foundation and its Kokua Festival, Plastic Free Hawaii, Johnson Ohana Foundation, All At Once, and most recently

The collaborative BYOBottle Campaign encourages artists, venues, festivals, businesses and fans to reduce plastic pollution in the music industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations both backstage and front of house at music events.

Inside Waste AU: Sustainable Concerts Working Group Announce International BYOBottle Campaign

In conjunction with Earth Day, the Sustainable Concerts Working Group (SCWG), led by multi-platinum recording artist Jack Johnson and his team, have announced the launch of BYOBottle, an environmental campaign that engages artists, venues, festivals and fans to reduce plastic pollution in the music industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations at music events.

BYOBottle, modelled after Green Music Australia’s successful BYOBottle Campaign, encourages artists to travel with reusable water bottles and to take action by including language within their riders, requesting venues to provide water refill stations backstage in lieu of disposable water bottles and more.

Rolling Stone: Jack Johnson, Wilco, Maroon 5 Join Environmental Campaign BYOBottle

Jack Johnson has launched BYOBottle (Bring Your Own Bottle), an environmental campaign aimed at reducing plastic pollution throughout the music industry by promoting reusable water bottles and water refill stations at events.

Other artists who have signed on to support the initiative include WilcoMaroon 5, Pink, Bob WeirBonnie RaittDave Matthews Band, Dead & Company, Empire of the SunJackson BrowneLukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, the LumineersSteve EarleSteven Van ZandtBen Harper, Keb’ Mo’ and Flume.”