BYOBottle Summer 2021 Highlights

BYOBottle Partners: Plastic Pollution Coalitionʻs #RefillRevolution at Bonnaroo (photo: Brandise Danesewich), 
Zach Gill (photo: Nikki Michail), Jade Imagine, HydroFlask & Ohana Festival, Vapur, Rob Machado Foundationʻs Water Refill Stations at BeachLife Festival, Max Wattʻs House of Music, REVERB #RockNRefill at Cali Roots, Steelys Drinkware

Greetings BYOBottle Partners! 

Join fellow BYOBottle partners and millions of people around the world in reducing plastic waste this Plastic Free July! It’s a great time to share your BYOBottle commitment to rock reusable water bottles and help the music industry turn the tide on plastic pollution. Plastic Free July is full of ideas and inspiration to reduce single-use plastic and help shape reusable habits, throughout the month of July and beyond! 

As festivals announce line-ups and concerts roll out in the coming months, it’s important we focus on supporting an equitable and sustainable music industry for everyone. BYOBottle will continue to serve as a resource to promote engagement campaigns, partner innovations, and best practices for the safe use of reusables and water refill stations at live events. Please enjoy these BYOBottle resources and highlights!

BYOBottle – Highlights:

BYOBottle Suggested Post: Plastic Free July

Sample Social Media Post: We support #BYOBottle to help turn the tide on plastic pollution in the music industry.  This @PlasticFreeJuly we are rocking our reusable water bottles to reduce plastic waste!   #PlasticFreeJuly

Please Tag BYOBottle – FB: @byobottlecampaign / Insta: @BYOBottle / Twitter: @BYO_Bottle 

BYOBottle Features: 

💧Featured Campaign: Plastic Free July

💧Featured Event: Reopen with Reuse Rally July 1st

💧Featured Resource: BYOBottle Reusable Vendor List

💧Featured Case Study: Rewash Revolution: Zero Waste with Strawberry Fields

💧Featured Report: UPSTREAM Report: Reuse Wins

💧Featured Video: BYOBottle Artist Tavana – Plastic Island ft Paul Izak

Music Video: BYOBottle Artist TavanaPlastic Island featuring Paul Izak. This incredible stop motion video features unaltered plastic pieces collected from beaches in Hawaii to bring attention to the global issue of plastic pollution.

Are you innovating? Are you working to address safety at live events by creating touchless or contactless refill options? Please reach out and share so we can highlight your reuse and refill innovations! Send updates and photos to info@byobottle.org and we will aim to feature your BYOBottle efforts on our socials and in future promotion & newsletters!

Download the BYOBottle Communications Library and explore BYOBottle.org. Stay Connected by following and tagging BYOBottle on Facebook, instagram and twitter

BYOBottle Fall 2020 Highlights

Photos – BYOBottle Partners: Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Ohana Festival (Eddie Vedder, Fore the Waves), Jade Imagine
Dave Matthews, Phish, Jack Johnson and Lukas Nelson
PPC #RefillRevolution at Bonnaroo, SWMRS, Kasey Chambers, Brett Dennen at Lobero Theatre, Nathaniel Rateliff 

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Greetings BYOBottle Partners! 

As we wind down 2020 and enter the holiday season, we want to take a moment and send thanks and support to all of our incredible BYOBottle Partners around the world! As the music industry continues to face and respond to unprecedented challenges, we are inspired by the BYOBottle artists, venues, and festivals getting creative to share music with their communities. We are proud to see our non-profit and business partners working hard to create helpful resources and to adapt and innovate. We are grateful to the BYOBottle fans, enjoying virtual concerts in their own homes, but remaining committed to reducing single-use plastic in their daily lives.

This newsletter includes partner highlights and featured resources, including valuable reopening guidelines on the safety of reusables at live events. Explore the Simplify the Holidays campaign to reduce waste, and learn how to support NITO’s efforts to Save Live Music. The BYOBottle campaign is proud to have the support of 234 Artists, 75 Venues & Festivals, and 80 Non-Profit & Business Partners worldwide!

BYOBottle – Highlights:

  • Business Innovation: BYOBottle Business Partners, including US Pure Water, FloWater, WE-Refill and O’land Fill & Wash Stations are taking steps to address safety during COVID-19, developing touchless water refill station solutions with motion sensors or foot pedals. r.Cup is promoting a “new cup every time” reusable model and just launched r.Ware – a reusable food to-go ware system to tackle take-out waste generated by COVID-19.

BYOBottle Features: 

💧Featured Resource: COVID-19 Plastic-Free Reopening Guidelines: Live Events

💧Featured Video: O’land Touchless Water & Handwash Stations

💧Featured Action: Support the Presidential Plastics Action Plan

💧Featured Campaign: Simplify the Holidays

Wishing you a Healthy & Happy Holiday Season from the team at BYOBottle!

BYOBottle Summer 2020 Highlights

BYOBottle Partners: Shook Twins, Plastic Free July, Steelys at Outside Lands, 

BYOBottle Artists Ben Harper & Jack Johnson with Deva Mahal at Byron Bay Bluesfest, Fruition, Keb’ Mo’

Greetings BYOBottle Partners! 

We, as a music industry, look forward to coming together again in person soon. While we wait for tours to get back on the road, it gives us a chance to consider our practices, so that the music scene can emerge more resilient, sustainable, and equitable than ever before. BYOBottle represents a diverse and dynamic community and we continue to promote respect for people and the planet. The music industry and BYOBottle partners have joined millions around the world to say #TheShowMustBePaused and to take an urgent step of action to promote systemic change and equality. We will continue to listen, learn, connect and take action in support of the black community and racial justice everywhere. 

In April, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 1-year anniversary since the global launch of the BYOBottle campaign. We find ourselves in quite a different reality than one year ago – exploring a virtual music scene and connecting with each other digitally. We are grateful to Green Music Australia who created this campaign in Australia and to all of the incredible global music industry partners who have joined the momentum to turn the tide on plastic pollution. We are proud to have the support of 233 Artists, 75 Venues & Festivals and 79 Non-Profit & Business Partners worldwide!

BYOBottle – Highlights & Actions:

It Ain’t Easy Being Green: How Jack Johnson Continues To Raise The Bar For Sustainable Touring

(Francisco Rendon, Pollstar)

Jack Johnson is credited by some as setting a “Gold Standard” for sustainable touring – though he acknowledges it’s a continuing learning process as technologies and best practices evolve and conditions change. He cites Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews Band and U2 as sources of inspiration, and has tried things he learned performing at events like Farm Aid and Fuji Rock Festival at his own Kokua Festival. One initiative Johnson is currently excited about is the Hawaiian organization Chef Hui, which during COVID-19 is allowing people to pick up food and is donating meals and facilitating financial support for first responders and people in need, while developing the capacity of local food production on the islands, where the vast majority of food is shipped in. There year he is hosting Kokua Festival 2020 – Live From Home on April 25 to celebrate Earth Day. Pollstar caught up with Johnson on the eve of the 50th Earth Day to learn more about the green touring initiatives he continues to pioneer.

Why Tour At All?   “The simple math states that staying at home and not touring is the greenest thing I can do. But if I quit the road, the touring industry continues on, and I decided I wanted to participate and be part of this industry and try to make it greener.”

Ben Harper: The Earth Day Advocate’s Plastic-Free Future

(Ryan Borba, Pollstar)

Ben Harper, a touring mainstay as a solo artist as well as leader of the Innocent Criminals, is no stranger to Earth Day and its causes. 
The prolific artist performed as leader of former band Relentless7 as part of a 2009 Earth Day celebration at Piazza del Popolo in Rome for Nat Geo Music and has long advocated for and directly supported environmental causes including Living Lands And Waters, which works to protect, preserve and restore major rivers and watersheds in the U.S., as well as the Plastic Pollution Coalition, which aims to end plastic pollution and its impact on humans, animals and the environment.

From Billie Eilish to Maroon 5, green touring is becoming the new normal

Nathan Sing, CNN

(CNN) Her neon-colored hair isn’t the only thing about pop superstar Billie Eilish that’s gone green. The five-time Grammy winner is part of the growing number of musicians who are going eco-friendly on the road.

For Eilish’s upcoming world tour, venues are banned from giving out plastic straws and are required to have water refill stations, which is expected to eliminate over 35,000 single-use water bottles from her shows. 

Artists Going Green

Rolling Stone

RADIO HEAD

Nearly as averse to carbon footprints as they are to conventional song structures, Radiohead are renowned for their environmentalism. In addition to joining causes like Friends of the Earth, they’ve made their tours as eco-friendly as possible: they send their gear via ship instead of airfreight, their buses run on biofuel, they use water flasks instead of disposable plastic cups and they encourage their fans to take public transportation to their shows (the greener the better, of course).

BYOBottle Fall 2019 Highlights

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The BYOBottle momentum is growing and we are proud to share out these highlights, tips, and resources.

BYOBottle – Recent Highlights:

  • BYOBottle Non-Profit Partners Countercurrent and The Plastic Pick-Up teamed up to create the #ForetheWaves sculpture made with 20,000 golf balls removed from the ocean floor below Pebble Beach, and showcased it at the Ohana Festival to engage festival goers. Ohana Fest partnered with Rob Machado Foundation to provide water refill stations, and HydroFlask contributed reusable bottles as prizes for fans who pledged to reduce plastic waste. Stories of sustainability were woven into the Storytellers Cove including BYOBottle Non-Profit partners WSL PURE and Wyland Foundation. BYOBottle Artists Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and John Craigie rocked the stage with reusables.
  • The Live Nation Sustainability Rocks initiative eliminated 350,000 plastic water bottles by providing refill stations to fans at nearly all of their venues. Live Nation is also piloting a BYOBottle effort backstage encouraging stagehands and staff to refill reusables.
  • BYOBottle Festivals BottleRock and Sonoma Harvest Music Festival took steps to reduce plastic waste, promoting the BYOBottle message and providing water refill stations for fans.  Artists & staff were given custom reusable bottles and encouraged to refill backstage. Sisters Folk Festival pledged to go plastic free and created souvenir reusable cups, and KAABOO partnered with #RockNRefill to promote water refills.
  • C3 Presents is tracking environmental impact at festivals including Sea.Hear.Now, ACL and Voodoo, offering additional water stations for fans, and expanding refill options for artists backstage. Prize tickets were offered to promote BYOBottle and they’ve teamed up with Non-Profit Partner Surfrider to support greening initiatives. BYOBottle Business Partner r.Cup created custom reusable cups for Sea.Hear.Now.

Australian BYOBottle artist Kasey Chambers announced their tour has eliminated single-use plastic bottles backstage, and Rhythm and Vines just signed on from New Zealand. Caloundra Music Festival, one of the original BYOBottle festivals working with Green Music Australia, just celebrated 7 years promoting BYOBottle. BYOBottle artists Ben Lee, Kate Miller-Heidke, Sahara Beck, & Missy Higgins rocked the stage.

Live Nation’s Sustainability Rocks Continues to Clean Up Sheds in Second Year

Recycling containers
Recycling containers

Photo: Courtesy of Live Nation.

“As businesses of all ilks have increasingly integrated sustainability with their offerings, Live Nation has continued to lead the way in the concerts sphere with its Sustainability Rocks initiative.

Launched in 2018, the program is part of the concert promoter’s broader sustainability charter, Green Nation, and has emphasized green initiatives at amphitheaters owned and operated by the live entertainment behemoth.

“I’m looking for ways that we can reduce the environmental impact of our concert venues,” says Lucy August-Perna, Live Nation’s manager of venue sustainability. “Obviously we’ve been super focused on waste production the last few years, but also things like energy use, water and, of course, fan, artist and community engagement.”

August-Perna has been at the forefront of a sustainable concert industry for some 15 years, dating back to her time at Effect Partners, a leading organization in uniting prominent clients with salient social causes, including the environmentalist movement.”

BYOBottle Summer 2019 Highlights

BYOBottle Partner Photos – From top left: Steelys, Guster, Event Water Solutions. From bottom left: Nalgene prize at Lollapalooza, Wax’o Paradiso w/ Green Music Australia at Splendour in the Grass, Outside Lands Steelys pints

230 million people around the world celebrated Plastic Free July by committing to reduce single-use plastic. It’s become crystal clear that plastic waste is a global issue and music fans want to be part of the solution. A new study from Ticketmaster shows that waste reduction at festivals is the number one concern for fans this summer

BYOBottle – Recent Highlights:

•BYOBottle celebrated Plastic Free July around the world! Explore our Plastic Free July instagram story featuring BYOBottle Partners – HYDY, SQUAD Bottles, Effect Partners, Kokua Hawaii Foundation, Mahina Mermaid, UPSTREAM, and the Rob Machado Foundation. BYOBottleArtists Didirri and SWMRS rocked their reusable bottles on stage and Live Nation venue staff refilled reusables at work saving over 10,000 single-use plastic water bottles! For more info, check out this Plastic Free July blog by Plastic Pollution Coalition.

Splendour in the Grass provided water refill stations in Australia and encouraged fans to #BYOBottle. Green Music Australia worked with 3 venues in Melbourne to install refill infrastructure and eliminate plastic bottles, released the Lost Lands Refill Revolution case study, and is promoting BYOBottle artists from down under –  Kasey Chambers, In Hearts Wake, Severins and Parkway Drive. We-Refill has been busy providing water refill stations in Australia with outreach support from Tangaroa Blue, and we welcome the War Memorial Theatre, the first BYOBottle venue in New Zealand!

Lollapalooza teamed up with Flume to offer a lucky BYOBottle winner premium viewing during their set. The festival provided free water refill stations for fans and invited REVERB to promote BYOBottle and RockNRefill, rewarding fans who refilled with Nalgene bottle prizes and hip packs. Also in Chicago, our new BYOBottle non-profit partner Shedd Aquarium is promoting solutions to plastic pollution and engaging with artists and music events.

Outside Lands provided reusable water bottles to staff, expanded a reusable cup program with Steelys and Plastic Pollution Coalition, and hosted Event Water Solutions water stations for fans. BYOBottle artists Altin Gün, Flume, Nahko, and The Lumineers rocked the stage throughout the weekend.

The Green Stop launched a water refill station model at several festivals in Canada, cross-promoting #BYOBottle and #HydrateLike – a campaign raising awareness about alternatives to plastic water bottles, run by our non-profit partner Lonely Whale.


r.Cup is partnering with artists and venues to expand their rentable, reusable cup program for live events, including the inaugural Miami Beach Pop Festival this November with BYOBottle artists Jack Johnson and Magic Giant featured in the lineup.

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