The White Isle is pushing to become the torch bearer for a plastic-free Europe.

Whilst recently visiting the White Isle for its annual IMS event we attended a debate around single-use plastic in the events industry. The dire consequences of a lack of action were laid bare & a number of sensible solutions were provided. Often we have seen a solid discussion combined with the best will in the world doesn’t always lead to positive action.

However, it fills us with deep joy to reveal that a total of 33 Ibiza businesses in the hospitality sector have now signed up for the new campaign, Plastic Free Ibiza.

The new initiative supported by the Ibiza Preservation Foundation introduces a star-rating system so consumers can clearly see which businesses are taking plastic elimination seriously.

So far hotels such as the ME Ibiza, Wi-Ki Woo, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza and Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach have all signed up, with restaurants like Chiringuito Blue and Nagai joining the movement.

Added to the list is long-standing attraction Las Dalias, which offers a range of eating establishments and market stalls, as well as eco-boating pioneer La Bella Verde as well as Heart Ibiza.

As part of a larger campaign that covers both Ibiza and Formentera, the ultimate aim is to have the island’s plastic free by 2023.

Top beach restaurant Formentera’s Chezz Gerdi, where the campaign was first launched, commented:

“Formentera is an island gem in the Mediterranean. We think it needs to be kept that way, so we are delighted to support this brand new campaign to manage plastic use”

Single-use plastics will be banned in the Balearics from 2021 and include some of the most polluting plastic items like glasses, coffee pods, straws, cutlery and plates.

Interested businesses can gain a rating of between one & three stars depending on how much plastic they cut out, with each participant gaining a certificate.

For a one star rating, each participating business commits to eliminating three items of single-use plastic in the first year; two stars are awarded when use is reduced by 50% and three stars are garnered for a 100% reduction.

Support is offered by the campaign to any hospitality business wishing to take part, with help to overcome any challenges and in finding good plastic alternatives.

You can find more information in Spanish on the Plastic Free Ibiza website.

Ibiza’s Underground is reborn out of past pillars of the community.

For many committed ravers from years gone by, Sankeys flew the flag for real underground music away from the glitz and glamour of some of the islands other institutions. On July 07 the venue will return in its latest incarnation like a Phoenix from the ashes.

The venue running under the name Octan has undertaken some impressive refurbishment, but importantly we have been assured its underground essence remains intact. It appears the underground element that made it so successful in previous years will be the foundations for its future success.

Returning hero Steve Lawler has agreed on a string of Warriors events at the venue and will bring Fuse’s Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito & Ben Sterling to the main room for the launch. The dance music pioneer & champion of all things underground had the following to say.

The basement, the venue – for those that experienced it – is just one of the best rooms in the world. It might be intimate – we’re talking 1200-capacity, no more – but the energy, because of the low ceiling and the massive sound system and the fact that we packed the room out, the energy in there was insane. Like a crazy, crazy party and there’s only a handful of venues in the world that have that. The basement is certainly one of them. Ibiza has missed it. I think Ibiza needs that place.

Situated in Playa Den Bossa, the club will focus on pushing independent, underground artists with the expressed aim of changing the Ibiza club environment that focuses on ‘intimacy and personality’.

The initial roll-out phase of the club will consist of weekly residencies and one-off events which will run across weekends. Lindsey Matthews, Kellie Allen, Stephane Ghenacia and musical director Ryan O Gorman, all tipped as residents.

Zoo Project official programme 2019

Having been one of the first parties to launch this summers event calendar, The Zoo Project is firmly back on the Ibiza map. Already into its fifth week, the party that takes place at the former Zoo at Benimussa Park has kept crowds rocking. Groovy, electro & even the tougher techno sounds have all been featuring regularly in this seasons programming.

The full programme has now been announced with Fuse party starter Enzo Siragusa, Shaun Reeves and the high flying Real Gang Soundsystem all having regular slots. DJ Deeon, Traumer, French Trio Apollonia (Shonky, Dyed Soundroom, Dan Ghenacia) will all play solo sets over the course of the season.

Infinity Ink will also showcase his special live set while our two favourite Zoo Project residents Lee Pennington and Milou will provide support across several shows.

June 16th is a special date for the Zoo Project crew. It is their first show of the season with one of their seasoned headliners but more importantly, it celebrates their 12th anniversary.

In order to celebrate in style, June 16th will be the official opening of the Seal Pit, The BUMP Rollerdisco, The Reggae Urban Arena, The Mandala Market and kicks starts The Zoo Project’s boat party, Noah’s Ark.

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