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London clubs Oval Space and Pickle Factory have gone plastic-free

The clubs are the UK's first multi-purpose venues to make the change

East London's Oval Space and The Pickle Factory have gone plastic-free with immediate effect.

Announcing the Oval Green initiative in a blog post yesterday, the team behind the sister venues shared their plans to transform Oval Space and The Pickle Factory into "two of the most environmentally responsible venues in the country". 

As of the 31st July 2019, both venues have eradicated single-use plastics, which includes cups and bottles, as well as wristbands.

The plastic bottles will be replaced with Life Water, a zero plastic, BPA free, fully recycable alternative, with cups made from fully compostable PLA corn-starch. The changes are expected to replace an average of 60,000 plastic cups and 3,200 single-use plastic water bottles per month.

Tickets for events at Oval Space and The Pickle Factory will now include a £1 Green Tax fee, with corporate hire costing an additional £75. The costs will go towards the biodegradable materials, the disposal of them, and new recycling bins. Any remaining money from the Green Tax will be donated to organisations and charities tackling environmental issues.

Earlier this year, international promoter Live Nation announced it would ban single-use plastics from all of its festivals by 2021.

Read DJ Mag's feature on the huge problem with single-use plastics in clubs.