Today, eco-conscious DJ and producer BLOND:ISH and her non-profit Bye Bye Plastic have announced the latest development in their mission to remove single-use plastics from the music industry, just in time for Amsterdam Dance Event (ADE).
In partnership with the “solution-oriented” event collective, Monkey Project, and the scientists at Happy Cups, Bye Bye Plastic and BLOND:ISH have unveiled a completely reusable bioplastic cup made from bacteria.
This new innovation will make its global premiere on the “fossil-free” dancefloor of the artist’s sold out BLOND:ISH & Friends showcase at Amsterdam’s A’Dam Loft during ADE.
“These cups are made from bacteria and are way better than bioplastic cups. And the best part, we don’t need to do anything to break them down,” BLOND:ISH said in a press release. “We’re making little steps, but these steps are making a big change for our festivals, starting at my parties!”
The circular cups are produced using the fossil-free plastic PHBH—a sub-type of PHA—and naturally occurring raw materials that replicate petroleum-based plastics in a way that is much more planet-friendly.
The living bacteria used to produce these cups is derived from used cooking oil, and since PHAs are completely “bio-based,” the microbes that comprise the cups can be “effortlessly dissolved, digested and regenerated in any environment, including the ocean.”
“Debuting these circular PHA cups during ADE is a massive evolution in our journey to change dancefloors for the better,” said Bye Bye Plastic co-founder Camille Guitteau. “In everything we do, we uncompromisingly work to address two main topics: the single-use and the fossil-fuel plastic culture. This innovation perfectly solves both, while providing a seamless, unchanged experience for dancers & event organizers alike.”
This new development isn’t the first time BLOND:ISH and Bye Bye Plastic have brought their plastic-free focus to ADE. Last year, they debuted the world’s first biodegradable PHA vinyl record during the festival, marking an important step in the direction to end unsustainable PVC vinyl production practices that hurt the planet.
Featured image from BLOND:ISH. Credit: Tyler Goldberg.