(Los Angeles, CA – April 19, 2019) In conjunction with Earth Day, the Sustainable Concerts Working Group (SCWG) leafing green. SCWG led by multi-platinum recording artist Jack Johnson and his team. They announced the launch of BYOBottle (Bring Your Own Bottle).  It’s an environmental campaign that engages artists, venues, festivals and fans. All to reduce plastic pollution in the music industry. Similarly by promoting reusable water bottles. Also, calling for water refill stations at music events.

BYOBottle, modeled after Green Music Australia’s successful BYOBottle Campaign, encourages artists to travel with reusable water bottles and to take action by including language within their riders, requesting venues to provide water refill stations backstage in lieu of disposable water bottles, and more. BYOBottle also encourages music venues and festivals to commit to greening by providing water refill stations for both fans and artists. Fans are also encouraged to make their own BYOBottle commitment. Also, to show their support by bringing their own reusable water bottles to concerts and festivals. Meaning whenever possible! Yes folks, reducing the use of single-use plastic. Finally, sharing their BYOBottle commitment on social media.

Ben Harper With Sustainable Concerts Working Group

Artists who have signed on in support of BYOBottle include Ben Harper, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, Dave Matthews Band, Dawes, Dead & Company. As well as Empire of the Sun, Flume, Jack Johnson, Jackson Browne, Keb’ Mo’, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. Finally, The Lumineers, Pink, Maroon 5, Steve Earle, Steven Van Zandt, Wilco, and more.

Lollapalooza, now committed to provide an increased amount of water refill stations. Again that’s for both fans, artists, and staff. Furthermore, it will continue to make a wide range of reusable bottles available for purchase. C3 Presents also promoting the BYOBottle message. Message at other festivals throughout the year.  Those including Austin City Limits Music Festival and Sea.Hear.Now. In conclusion, Telluride Music Festival, Ohana Festival and Australia’s Byron Bay Bluesfest. Wrapping up  Splendour in the Grass, and Falls Festival have also signed on. Venues have also made the BYOBottle commitment to provide water refills stations to artists and fans. That’s even including 30 Live Nation owned and operated venues and Forest Hills Stadium.

Sustainable Concerts Working Group Works with artist Sy Higgins

In support of BYOBottle, Jack Johnson hosted a press conference at Bluesfest (Byron Bay, Australia) on Saturday, April 20th. That was alongside musicians Lukas Nelson and Nicky Bomba, of Melbourne Ska Orchestra.

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Artists, venues, festivals, non-profits, business partners and fans who visit and join the campaign. All are provided tools and resources. That’s including environmentally focused “Green” language for artists to include within their riders. Also, it calls for reusable water bottle and water refill options and vendors. Also, guides on how to promote reusable pint cup programs, eliminate plastic straws and reduce the overall plastic footprint of shows with access to case studies, research, articles and much more.

Humans purchase about 1,000,000 plastic bottles per minute, and it is predicted that by 2050 the oceans will contain more plastic, by weight, than fish. The music industry’s momentum to combat the plastic epidemic is growing and BYOBottle continues the pursuit by working with artists, venues, festivals and fans in efforts to turn the tide on plastic pollution.

Source: Sustainable Concerts Working Group (SCWG):

The Sustainable Concerts Working Group is a collective of music industry leaders and environmental advocates who believe in an environmentally responsible and sustainably driven music community. SCWG brings together experts in the field to disseminate tools and resources that can help each stakeholder: artist, venue, festival promoter, fan to do their part to drive long term positive social and environmental change.

In conclusion, lead SCWG organizations launching this BYOBottle campaign include the Jack Johnson team. Also, Green Music Australia, ,EFFECT Partners, Plastic Pollution Coalition and Live Nation,
C3 Presents, Partisan Arts,Synergy Global Entertainment, and guidance and support from the Johnson Ohana Foundation, Julie’s Bicycle,We-Refill, Tangaroa Blue,UPSTREAM, Algalita, Lonely Whale, Surfrider Foundation, 5 Gyres, the UN Environment Clean Seas campaign, and many more. 

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