Plastic Pollution Coalition is on a mission. Headed by environmental activist and artist Dianna Cohen, Plastic Pollution Coalition has launched Plastic Free Touring in an effort to clean up the carbon footprint of live music events.

Plastic Pollution Coalition has worked with Jackson Browne, Ben Harper, and Crosby, Stills and Nash as well as Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival to provide concert-goers with reusable, stainless-steel containers to use instead of disposable cups. As Cohen recounts, after 7,500 reusable cups sold out, “people started stealing them from each other. They were very coveted.”

Cohen’s focus on plastic began almost 25 years ago when she started to create three-dimensional works of art and she learned that “all the plastic we’ve ever made is pretty much still around, either as micro-plastic of incinerated in particulate pollution.” After trying to work to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Cohen decided to focus her efforts on eliminating the need for single-use plastic in the first place.

Even musical artists and festivals unaffiliated with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, including Phish, have started to work to reduce plastic at concerts. Over the next couple years, Cohen hopes to see all the major music festivals hand concert-goers a reusable container as they enter the concert though her longer term goal is to “break people from their addiction to bottled water.”

Most offices aren’t live music events. However, you can join the movement by eliminating plastic from your water cooler! Switch to a bottleless water cooler and enjoy a virtually endless supply of clean, great-tasting water delivered straight to your glass. It’s the greener solution that saves you green!