This post is republished with permission from Plastic Pollution Coalition. The original article can be found here.
The band U2 has joined a growing list of musicians—including Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, and Keb’ Mo’—who are not only refusing single-use plastic on tour but also urging fans to do the same.
“Ocean plastic pollution is yet another alarming example of how simple everyday decisions can impact our natural resources,” said The Edge. “Reusable water bottles are a much cooler and smarter choice than disposable plastic.”
U2 has worked to eliminate single-use plastic water bottles throughout their Joshua Tree Tour 2017. 33 percent of all plastic, including water bottles, bags, and straws, are used just once and thrown away. Plastic is made to last forever and cannot biodegrade; instead it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces.
A movement is growing within the music industry to amend the harm being done by plastic pollution. Musicians and festivals are embracing change and committing to reduce their plastic and carbon footprints—on stage and behind the scenes.
Dianna Cohen, co-founder and CEO of PPC, thanks The Edge for adding his voice to the refill revolution movement. Cohen said, “We are honored to have U2 and The Edge as an ally as we work to measurably reduce single-use and disposable plastics locally and globally, from on stage and on tour, to on the road and at home.”
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