At MMW we’re committed to minimising our environmental impact, and are taking proactive steps to reduce the event’s landfill and carbon emissions. From reusable cups to carbon offsetting the entire event, we’ve got a number of pretty cool green initiatives that you can read about below and help us by getting behind.
This year, Melbourne Music Week is going carbon neutral. This means we are measuring our emissions and reducing emissions. We are also investing in the Savannah Burning project in the North Kimberley region – an offset project improving fire management regimes through controlled strategic burning to reduce carbon emissions resulting from big late season wildfires. This project enables Aboriginal communities to undertake on-Country work that provides income, cultural benefits, fulfils ongoing cultural responsibilities and targets young people providing unique work roles and also contributes to improved biodiversity and environmental health outcomes.
Reuse and refill
We’re ditching single-use plastic cups at the Hub. Instead, when you go to the bar to get a drink you’ll pay a one-off deposit for a reusable cup. When you need a refill, you’ll be able to swap your cup for a fresh one, and at the end of the gig when you return your cup you’ll get your full deposit back. We’ll also be selling re-usable water bottles on site.
No straw policy
Here’s a terrifying fact – every piece of plastic ever produced still remains somewhere in the earth today. Which is why we’re going straw-less at the Hub. We get it. Drinking through a straw is kind of nice but for most people they are completely unnecessary and their environmental impact is devastating. Aside from the energy it takes to produce and transport them, the majority of straws either end up in land fill or make their way into the ocean where they entangle marine animals and are consumed by fish.
Do your bit
We’d love it if you helped us too. When you are coming to Hub, bring a reusable drink bottle or buy one at the event. That way you’re looking after the environment and saving money – it’s a win win. Opt for walking, riding or catching public transport to events; don’t print your tickets – download them and we’ll scan them off your phone; and make sure anything that can go in the recycling bin does. Easy.