What happens when one of the biggest pop music stars on the planet goes on tour, but wants to limit his carbon footprint?
For Harry Styles (ask your kids or grandkids if you don't know the name), it means a tour contract with venues that works to eliminate single-use plastics while also providing outreach on issues related to sustainability and voting access.
For his new tour, Styles is working with Reverb, a nonprofit focused on sustainable music tours. His contracts require free water refill stations (concertgoers can bring their own bottle or buy a Nalgene bottle from the merchandise table), and also requires venues to use compostable or reusable foodservice cutlery. Recycling must be available throughout the arena and composting in the backstage area.
Beyond those moves, the tour is collecting batteries to be recycled or donated to organizations and is donating unused toiletries from hotel stops to local shelters.
Reverb also worked with Styles for his 2018 tour and estimated the musicians and crew diverted 6,700 gallons of waste just from backstage and eliminated at least 3,000 single-use bottles just by the band and crew at that time.