In conversation with Hadi Ahmadzadeh, founder of Ecodisco

Founder of Ecodisco, Hadi Ahmadzadeh, speaks to People and Dancefloors

In this episode (16!), Giulia is in conversation with Hadi Ahmadzadeh, the founder of Ecodisco, which is a consultancy initiative that aims to change the fabric of urban nightlife by embedding sustainability practices, specifically removing single use plastic cups.

As Hadi tells me in the podcast, one of the great things about Ecodisco is that it started as a concept party (who says that dancers and party-makers cannot be political?) and in the short space of two years, became an ambitious project with the aim to remove single-use plastics from nightclubs in the UK.

Hadi talks about the project from inception to what it is now, touching upon important subjects such as the relationship between sustainability and design and what sustainability means to him. He points to a contradiction that I think many of us have experienced: between the positivity, pleasure and fun of nightlife, and the consequences of consumption and waste left in its wake.

Of course, we also talk about drugs, the changing role of drugs in the nightlife context, harm reduction and visions of the future (my favourite podcast subjects!) I got the sense that, like me, Hadi thinks that harm reduction goes much beyond drugs and can encompass sustainability, consent, physical and mental health as the issues we need to put at the forefront of our minds and conversations when we can leave our houses again.

Listen to our chat here:

For more information about Ecodisco, visit their website

And follow Ecodisco on social media:

Instagram: ecodisco_

Twitter: @ECODISCO1

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