EDITION and Project 0 announce partnership to save the ocean
Ian Schrager’s EDITION Hotels and Project 0 has entered into a partnership to raise awareness for the pressing issue of marine conservation. The partnership officially began in September at the New York EDITION, where the first in a series of salons titled Undoing It Together celebrated Project 0’s newest ambassador Derek Blasberg, and featured a reading by best-selling author and former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.
Expressing the urgency and importance of protecting the ocean, Project 0 board member and actor James Jagger said: “The ocean supports all life on Earth, providing every second breath we take. The ocean drives climate, and feeds billions of people around the world. Today the ocean is in real crisis. Overfishing has taken 90 per cent of the big fish. Climate change is killing coral reefs, 50 per cent of which have died. It’s predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. And while the ocean is 71 per cent of our planet, less than 4 per cent is protected. We are thrilled to be working with the incredible team at EDITION to inspire change to undo the mess that we’ve made in the ocean in creative ways that reflect the ethos of both our organizations.”
The first salon took place at the glamorous Clocktower bar and restaurant at The New York EDITION. Notables across an array of industries, such as Derek Blasberg, Poppy Delevigne, Tyrone Wood, Dustin Yellin, Lauren Santo Domingo, Ronnie Madra, Anna Abramovich, and more came together for an intimate dinner and reading on how to reduce their carbon and plastic footprints. Future dinners are in the works for London and New York, as well as an art installation at EDITION’s Miami property during Art Basel in December. Like Project 0’s recent Wave Walk in New York City, the installation aims to raise awareness and funds for ocean conservation.
“EDITION is thrilled to be partnering with Project 0 to help the important work of Ocean Conservation in any way we can. EDITION currently has four operating hotels, with an additional 20 due to open in the next five years – half of which are on the seafront or in oceanfront towns and cities. By directly addressing the use of plastics and waste from our hotels, we have an opportunity to encourage the entire industry to do the same and to help keep the oceans clean,” explains Ben Pundole of EDITION Hotels.
Project 0 Board member Tyrone Wood added: “We’re really impressed that EDITION have eliminated all single-use plastics from their hotels, and care deeply about the appalling state of ocean health. We’re excited to be working together to inspire people to join us in helping restore and protect the ocean.”