In an article published on May 19, 2016 by the magazine Rolling Stone, artist and activist Dianna Cohen reports on a growing number of music festivals and musicians committing to reduce plastic waste and their carbon footprint by doing without single-use disposable plastic items, such as water bottles, beer cups, straws, utensil, wrappers, and packaging. Music festivals are “miniature cities” that are “flooded with temporary residents for a long weekend” and leave behind “islands of trash, mostly plastic,” Cohen explains. Various artists have thus implemented guidance and best practices to reduce single-use plastics on the road and at venues. Certain festivals provide water refill stations and encourage attendees to purchase or bring along their own refillable stainless steel cups, bottles and containers. Other festivals only use compostable or biodegradable utensils and food containers, or do not offer plastic at all.
Dianna Cohen (May 19, 2016). “The music industry’s battle against plastic junk.” Rolling Stone