We say ‘no’ to plastic straws at Electric Zoo

June is World Oceans Month, and one topic on everyone’s mind is plastic ending up in our oceans.

The effects on the delicate eco-systems of the vast blue waters cannot be overstated. According to a recent study published by the National Academy of Sciences, an estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. Rather than biodegrading or dissolving, plastic that makes it into the ocean over time breaks down into tiny particles known as “microplastics” which pose a grave threat to marine life including fish. It is estimated that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. 

One of the top ten culprits are plastic straws — small and lightweight, straws often never make it into recycling bins. Even then, they are often too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter, ultimately ending up disposed as regular garbage.

In an effort to save our oceans and raise awareness, this year – for the first time ever – Electric Zoo will be plastic straw free. When absolutely necessary, paper alternatives will be available.

In an additional push towards eco-friendliness, Electric Zoo is thrilled to be teaming up with Clean Vibes (cleanvibes.com), the industry leader in environmentally responsible event waste management. Clean Vibes is focused on education through action – showing concertgoers how easy it is to minimize one’s waste footprint through recycling in hopes that they might take this knowledge and apply it to their daily lives.

We encourage all of our fans to do the same for a happy and healthy ocean, and Earth!