The band has joined forces with the brand Hublot to support a range of projects globally via Conservation Collective, as part of its Memento Mori world tour
Ibiza, 22/06/23 – The world-famous British band Depeche Mode will donate nearly 70,000 euros to help fight plastic pollution in Ibiza and Formentera. Their contribution will support IbizaPreservation’s Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera project through a collaboration with Conservation Collective, a global network of environmental foundations of which IbizaPreservation is a member.
Together with luxury watch brand Hublot, whom Depeche Mode has selected as its charity partner for the Memento Mori world tour, the band will support a range of projects run by Conservation Collective member foundations around the world to reduce single-use plastics, promote reusable alternatives, drive education and awareness initiatives, and tackle marine pollution.
Dave Gahan and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode explained the reasons for choosing the collaboration, saying: “We were initially drawn to Conservation Collective as a charity partner due to how tangible the work they’re doing is. So we’re exceptionally proud to be a part of supporting and helping them expand these programs in Europe, Africa, and Asia that will meaningfully reduce plastic waste and clean up existing plastic pollution.”
In Ibiza and Formentera, the funds will be used to support the work of IbizaPreservation’s Plastic Free project, and in particular the promotion of the Global Initiative on Tourism and Plastics (GTPI), a joint project of the UNWTO and the UN Environment Programme that seeks to encourage the global tourism sector to lead the change towards a circular economy.
Among other things, the Depeche Mode funding will be used to hold a series of workshops with local stakeholders in the sector, including both companies and institutions, to raise awareness of the GTPI and present the tools available to signatories to help them meet the Initiative’s main objective of eliminating unnecessary plastic packaging and articles by 2025.
The funds will also allow Plastic Free Ibiza and Formentera to offer 50 local companies in the hospitality sector the chance to be assessed for the Plastic Free Balearics certification completely free of charge.
“Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, and tourism has an important role to play in solving it. Much of the plastic used in the tourism sector is manufactured to be used and thrown away and often cannot be recycled, meaning it is more likely to end up polluting our environment,” said Inma Saranova, director of IbizaPreservation.
In order to tackle the scale of the problem, Saranova emphasised that changes need to happen throughout the entire tourism value chain: “We at IbizaPreservation are therefore delighted to have the support of one of the most legendary bands on the international music scene, Depeche Mode, to help us raise awareness about the Global Initiative on Tourism and Plastics and assist fifty hospitality businesses in Ibiza and Formentera to eliminate single-use plastics.”
Additionally, the donation will be used to support the 4th edition of Kilometres of Plastic for Iris in 2024, a Balearic-wide initiative that seeks to raise awareness of the importance of reducing the use of single-use plastics among young people aged 12 to 19. The project was launched in 2021 in memory of Iris Goldsmith, the daughter of Ben Goldsmith, co-founder of IbizaPreservation and president of Conservation Collective.
Further afield, Conservation Collective will channel the funds it receives through the Depeche Mode and Hublot charity partnership to projects focused on tackling plastic pollution in Kenya, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, Greece, the UK and Italy. Find out more at hublot.depechemode.com.