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.

Caloundra Music Festival Encourages All Attendees to Keep It Clean and Green

Festival guests at a water station
Festival guests at a water station

“In 2019, Caloundra Music Festival (CMF) continues to be a beacon of environmental consciousness as it works toward creating a sustainable and responsible event.

Now in its 13th year, Caloundra Music Festival remains committed to achieving its vision of environmental sustainability, introducing new initiatives and encouraging all festival-goers, artists and crew to play their part.

In 2013, Caloundra Music Festival set out to be the first Australian festival to eliminate the single-use plastic water bottle. The festival introduced the #BYOBottle campaign and has had overwhelming success with the initiative.”

At Outside Lands, Not a Plastic Bottle or Straw in Sight

As the crowds milled throughout Outside Lands on the festival’s first day, the grass was trampled, but not untidy.

San Francisco’s largest summer music festival is making a push for a greener festival, with plans to eliminate nearly all plastic water bottles and straws, and offer reusable cups for beer and wine.

The effort coincides with the city and state’s recent war on plastics. Last month, local officials enacted a ban on the sale and distribution of plastic straws and other plastic dining items, following similar ordinances in Alameda, Berkeley and Oakland in recent years. Other regulations are still rolling out. Starting next year, the San Francisco Department of the Environment will require organizers of events on city property with more than 100 people make reusable cups available to at least 10% of attendees.

You Can’t Bring Water Into Lollapalooza Any More, But It’s Never Been Easier to Refill That Empty Bottle

Filling a water bottle at a water station
Filling a water bottle at a water station

“A festival goer gets a water container filled at Lollapalooza Thursday, August 1, 2019, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Some things about Lollapalooza never change: the crowds, the snaking lines for beer and hot dogs, the music pumping from all corners. But regular Lolla attendees have noticed at least one change this year. It’s never been easier to fill a water bottle, and never more encouraged; “Hydration Stations” line the park, blue-colored booths staffed with volunteers and ambassadors from Love Hope Strength, who man stations in three different shifts and promote registration for their bone marrow database.

This year, according to Farid Mosher, senior crowd services manager of C3 Presents, Lollapalooza’s sustainability efforts were placed in the spotlight. The goal was to improve hydration in order to reduce single-use water bottles and focus on “what we can do to keep our fans hydrated and focused on the experience, which is the music.”

There are 32 hydration units overall, each with four spouts. The units, which were increased by 20 percent this year, are in six separate locations throughout the park (including the field surrounding the T-Mobile stage and adjacent to Buckingham Fountain).

New this year is the fact that there are two separate “super stations,” each with 12 units, amounting to 48 total faucets on all sides of the booth. One is near the Perry’s stage, which, according to Mosher, was a strategic choice.

“People congregate in certain areas, and it sounds like with Perry’s specifically, we have a lot of people who need that,” Mosher laughed, referring to the stage’s size and rambunctious nature.”

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.

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?