When it comes to parties in Cape Town, there really is no shortage. No matter what day of the week it is, whether it’s day or night, summer or winter, there’s always a party happening somewhere in the Mother City.
But, have we ever stopped for a second to think about the amount of single-use plastic that is used during these events?
With hundreds and, sometimes thousands of party attendees, it becomes daunting to think about how much plastic is being consumed over a very short period of time – and more importantly, where is all this plastic going?
Inspiring Plastic Free Parties in Cape Town
We all know that parties in Cape Town prefer to avoid the use and distribution of glass bottles as a safety precaution – nobody wants to walk over broken glass on the dancefloor.
However, this promotes the use of single-use plastic cups, water bottles and straws that end up piling up in our landfills or making their way into our oceans and other fragile eco-systems.
It’s for this reason that a Canadian DJane, known as BLOND:ISH, has made a pledge to start inspiring a plastic-free music and party industry.
This movement is known as "Bye Bye Plastic" and it aims to get event organisers as well as attendees to join forces to not only minimise, but completely eradicate the use of plastic at parties.
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This is an opportunity for DJ’s and producers who perform at indoor party venues and outdoor festivals to take a firm stance against plastic behind the DJ booth as well as at the bar and the rest of the event or venue.
Because demand creates supply, it is up to the consumers to say to no single-use plastic at every opportunity.
However, event organisers have a massive opportunity to spearhead this movement within their organisational structure.
In addition, DJ’s and producers have a public voice that can be used to urge organisers to make better choices for the future of the music industry, thereby creating an eco-conscious environment for attendees to follow.
As a female DJ in Cape Town, Pamm a.k.a Tune Raider, who is also the owner of Mirror Moon Eco-Glitter, is taking the pledge to fight against single use plastic in the electronic music scene as well as in her daily life. To speak to Pamm about what she’s doing to make a change for the better, contact her here.
Psymedia also recently published an article which discusses ways that festival goers and organisers can become greener before, during and after the event.
This may seem like an impossible task for event organisers. However, as one of the most environmentally conscious events in Cape Town, Rocking The Daisies has partnered with Can Do! in order to go completely plastic-free.
Can Do! is an organisation that manufactures custom made aluminium cans which are reusable and 100% recyclable to replace their destructive plastic counterparts.
Attendees are required to pay a small deposit on their can when buying a drink at the bar in order to encourage them to bring the can back for a refill, instead of throwing them into the bin.
This was a huge success and is something that can be considered by all event organisers for future events. We are fast approaching a tipping point and the sooner we start making drastic changes in the way we consume, the sooner we can turn things around for the better.
Mirror Moon – Biodegradable Glitter in Cape Town
By providing plastic-free, biodegradable glitter, we hope to inspire more plastic-free parties in Cape Town.
We have also made the change to more sustainable packaging for our eco-glitter range. Reuse them for beads, trinkets or contact us for a glitter refill.
It’s up to all of us as individuals to make better choices and demand environmentally friendly offerings at all of the events that we attend.
If you would like more information about the Bye Bye Plastic movement, or if you would like some tips on how to go plastic-free in your daily life, please don’t hesitate to contact us.