By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.

Most of this pollution comes from throwaway packaging such as single-use plastic straws, cups, bags, and foam containers. But we can put an end to this by just saying no to one-use disposables.

Indian Summer is excited to partner with local non-profit organization, Clean Water Action, to create a Reuse Revolution in Asbury Park! We are working to "Rethink Disposable" at Indian Summer - which makes total sense since we are a music festival right on the beach and ocean and many festivals and events unfortunately leave behind an unnecessary amount of throwaway plastic waste. Just think about how much plastic you see on any given day on our beaches and ocean and overflowing in garbage cans. 

Clean Water Action's Rethink Disposable is an award-winning program that helps to reduce waste caused by single-use disposables (SUDs), such as plastic straws, cutlery, plates, water bottles and foam take out containers, while saving money.

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Use a Reusable Cup

120 billion disposable cups are used in the U.S. each year. Purchase souvenir reusable stainless steel cups and reuse the cups all weekend to receive discounts off future drink purchases with the reusable cup. This will help us reduce the amount of plastic cups that also end up in the landfills.

Just Say No to Plastic Straws

Straws are now one of the top 10 marine debris items found on our beaches. An easy step is to simply not use straws. The Anchor's Bend and Asbury Oyster Bar are participants in Rethink Disposable's "Straws by Request" program. Drinking straws will be given to event-goers only be request. You can also simply say "no straw please" when you order your drink or bring your own reusable stainless steel straw, which are available at places like Target and Amazon.

Bring Your Own Reusable Shopping Bag

We dispose of over 100 billion plastic bags every year in the U.S. If you are planning to shop at the Asbury Park Fall Bazaar, BYO bag or stop by the concierge desk to pick up an Asbury Park Bazaar tote bag. They are free for the first 50 customers each day!


Have a favorite restaurant or coffee shop? Ask them to become a Rethink Disposable business. This free, award-wining program has a proven successful track record working with restaurants and institutions to voluntarily reduce waste caused by single-use disposables (SUDs), such as plastic straws, cutlery, plates, water bottles and foam take out containers. In doing so, they have reduced their environmental footprint and cost of waste disposal and supply purchases, while increasing customer satisfaction and demand for greener-conscious restaurants.  


Thank you in advance in helping us go green at Indian Summer and the Asbury Park Bazaar! We are excited that the Asbury Park Boardwalk and its participating restaurants have chosen to be part of the solution to marine debris, local litter, and storm water pollution. Be sure to say thank you to the restaurant staff for implementing the program and encourage them to do more to reduce one-use throwaways. Working together, we can help prevent plastic waste on our beaches and get everyone to think twice about whether they need a straw to enjoy their cool drink at the Jersey Shore. We hope Rethink Disposable will be contagious, not just in Asbury Park, but in all Jersey Shore towns. Be sure to stop by Clean Water Action's table on the way into Indian Summer fest (right next to the box office on the promenade at The Anchor's Bend) to learn more about their campaign to reduce one-use disposable waste.