French Nightclubs Come Together for Plastic-free Dancefloors

Feb 23, 2023

Lauryn Njeri

2 min read

Some of France’s most iconic clubs, including Club La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Le Rex, Badaboum, and Le Sucre, have teamed up with Bye Bye Plastic to eliminate plastic and find new solutions to make the switch. By joining this initiative, the clubs will receive guidance on best practices, collective help, and Bye Bye Plastic’s certification once they become plastic-free.

“This is a landmark movement of nightclubs getting together for the sake of the planet. By joining up on this campaign, they recognize the climate emergency we all are a part of, and choose to walk collectively to progress out of this situation,” said Camille Guitteau, Bye Bye Plastic’s co-founder and Managing director.

Today, a 2,000-capacity club serving single-use plastic cups, straws, and bottles throughout 110 days of operation generates a yearly carbon footprint equivalent to the production of 10,000 beef burgers. Water bottles alone represent 12 tons of CO2. Bye Bye Plastic Foundation, an environmental nonprofit, is behind the Zero Plastic Club initiative, intending to encourage nightclubs to stop selling single-use plastic water bottles entirely within the next two years.

“We are calling upon other clubs to voluntarily join us on this journey, and commit to eliminating plastic water bottles from their venues by the end of 2024,” Guitteau continues. “Live music is one of the most polluting cultural sectors. We don’t have time to wait around for laws to be created. By the end of 2024, we choose to become key actors of the environmental transition for our spaces and for our communities, despite the indisputable risk we run of losing a major income source.”

Clubs are essential nightlife spaces. They are vital to any territory’s social cohesion and cultural diversity. These areas foster communication and social harmony while acting as safe havens for numerous communities. Bye Bye Plastic has inspired thousands of DJs and event promoters to back the initiative since launching in 2018 through the #PlasticFreeParty movement. They invite every club to sign up and take the initiative toward plastic-free dancefloors.

To get involved, check out their website.

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