It may not sound like a big thing by the headline, but the newest wave of plastic straw bans at festivals will actually be a huge sigh of relief for the environment. Not only will the crushed plastic sounds you hear at every event be decreased drastically, but 300,000 little pieces of plastic adds up to a pretty big and unnecessary dent in a landfill. Goldenvoice and Live Nation are both teaming up with a campaign called For a Strawless Ocean; their efforts solidify plans to remove plastic straws from 45 amphitheaters across the U.S. Mapi Moran, director of festival marketing for Goldenvoice, talked about the initiative to Billboard:
“Plastic pollution is a huge problem around the world, and it’s exciting to pioneer change by phasing out the use of single-use plastics from our festivals. Our new straw policy is estimated to eliminate about 300,000 plastic straws from Coachella and Stagecoach. We look forward to announcing similar initiatives later that go beyond just plastic straws.”
If you saw straws this last Coachella, they were actually made by marine-degradable paper straws! These Futurama-sounding straws will also be used at Stagecoach this weekend.
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