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BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 05 Sept '19
London’s Studio 338 launches eco-conscious clubbing initiative
One of London’s largest club’s, the 3,000-capacity Studio 338, has announced it will be implementing an array of different measures that aim to vastly reduce its environmental impact, including donating profits and encouraging artists to donate a percentage of their fees to the Rainforest Trust charity.
The south-east London venue will also be commissioning a huge ‘Tree of Life’ installation in the garden using reclaimed materials. Partygoers can then donate towards the tree which facilitates replanting vital rainforests around the world via charity partner Rainforest Trust.
‘Creating a movement’
Music and events director Dan Perrin says there’s also a plan to remove all single-use plastics, non-biodegradable and environmentally harmful materials from the group’s venues where possible; the club is consulting with environmental specialists to improve its overall footprint.
‘We are creating a movement aimed at leading the way for sustainable clubbing, kicking off in Studio 338 with a view to starting a wave of change reaching far beyond London. We’re in the midst of a climate emergency. We all need to offset the detrimental effect of events and parties and our activities on the environment.
‘The electronic music community has the potential to make a real impact if we can work together to change our behaviours and reduce our ecological footprints that are destroying the planet.’
Music and events director, Studio 338
Dan admitted: ‘Running events takes a lot of energy. From DJs and artist flights to ground transport and lights and sound. We are conscious that we are leading the next generation in event standards and we feel it would be a good example to the rest of the events industry if we stop to take action to change our impact on the environment.’
Studio 338 Pledges by their opening event of 2020 to ban all single-use plastics from the venue and switch as much of its energy as is currently possible to renewable sources. Environmentally damaging cleaning and chemical products will be banned from the venue wherever it is currently possible, alongside products containing palm oil.
From February Studio 338 will section off 1% of all profits from the venue for its #treetree8 fund. This money will go to the Rainforest Trust.
The club will also be asking partner brands, DJs and promoters to donate 1% of their fees to the fund.
The Rainforest Trust is a British conservation charity that protects threatened rainforests and other tropical ecosystems – something that is vital right now with the crisis in South America, Africa and other areas.
A ‘tree of life’ will be built in Studio 338’s garden area, where patrons can donate any small change they might have towards the fund.
Special events will be hosted each year in conjunction with the Rainforest Trust, with all ticket money going towards the fund.