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1500 DJs adopt an "eco-rider" as part of Bye Bye Plastic pledge

Richie Hawtin, Honey Dijon, Annie Mac, Sven Väth, Ben Klock and more sign up to BLOND:ISH's initiative 

1500 DJs and artists have adopted an "eco-rider" as part of the Bye Bye Plastic #PlasticFreeParty pledge. 

The initiative, spearheaded by Vivie-Ann Bakos, better known as BLOND:ISH, will remove single use plastics from club booths. A host of high profile names are behind the much-needed move, including Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, Honey Dijon, Annie Mac, Sven Väth, Ben Klock, Eats Everything and ANNA. 

A wider push aims to rid the music industry of single-use plastics altogether by 2025, echoing DJ Mag's recent feature highlighting this issue, which followed our earlier look at the environmental impact of touring and other music-related travel, along with event production. Carbon offsetting will also form part of the campaign.

"We’re in an absolute pivotal moment in evolution, where change is in the air, and silence doesn’t bring change,’ said Bakos. 

"Change is fuelled by movements. Movements thrive on community, creativity, participation and idealism. The secret ingredient AKA superpower we have to add to this mix is music. It’s the absolute strongest glue, and the strongest human connector. We can’t forget that, so let’s use it endlessly for good." 

Last month Massive Attack announced plans to create a 'blueprint for eco-friendly touring' with Manchester University's coveted Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Meanwhile, British chart rock outfit Coldplay have opted not to tour their latest album due to environmental concerns.