Q&A with Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Founder of Plastic Free July

Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, Founder and Executive Director of the Plastic Free Foundation, a nonprofit organization that organizes the annual Plastic Free July challenge, has more than twenty-five years’ experience in the world of environmental and waste management, community engagement, and sustainability behaviour change. In 2011, Prince-Ruiz started the Plastic Free July Challenge, where, what started as a grassroots campaign with a handful of participants in Western Australia has now grown to millions of people across 170 countries taking up the challenge to refuse single-use plastic every year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fans Want More Sustainable Festivals, Major Study From Ticketmaster Finds

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. 

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3 Solutions To Reduce Plastic Pollution… In The Music Industry

As an artist you have the unique opportunity to influence a wide audience of people by taking part in the BYOBottle movement. Your actions speak louder than words and there are a variety of ways that you can partake in cultivating a plastic free music industry. First and foremost it’s important to educate your bandmates and crew staff with real world knowledge and equip them with reusable water bottles – if you’ve got a supportive team on board it makes it a lot easier in the long run.

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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.

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6 Top Music Industry Greening Challenges & Solutions

When I started working with the live event industry to reduce the environmental footprint of large events, festivals and tours almost three decades ago, recycling bins didn’t exist. Bands weren’t touring on biodiesel-fueled buses and seeking out organic and locally-grown meals. Live Nation didn’t exist, and hadn’t yet hired sustainability coordinators at 14 venues.

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