Depeche Mode and Hublot - Joining Together on the Memento Mori Tour to Support the Environment


Hublot and Depeche Mode continue their ongoing charity partnership to support Conservation Collective, a global environmental charity, with a special focus on tackling issues around global plastic pollution.





Depeche Mode and Hublot

Since the first partnership in 2010, Hublot and Depeche Mode have collaborated a number of times to support causes that both care deeply about. The past partnerships in support of The Teenage Cancer Trust and charity: water raised funds and awareness for childhood cancer research and brought clean water to developing communities around the world. With this new partnership, the shared goal becomes making tangible change toward sustainability, waste reduction, and environmental clean-up.

In addition, in conjunction with Live Nation's Green Nation team, Depeche Mode and Hublot will also support programs on tour and at the venues focusing on limiting use of single-use plastics, improved recycling, food and other waste reduction, and other sustainability-related initiatives.

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Supporting Conservation Collective

Together, Hublot and Depeche Mode are supporting and raising funds for Conservation Collective to tackle global plastic pollution issues.

Conservation Collective is a growing global network of local foundations funding inspiring and effective grass-roots initiatives to protect the environment, restore nature, and safeguard against climate change.

Depeche Mode and Hublot are proud to support Conservation Collective's strategy -- "locally led, globally impactful".


From production to disposal, plastics unleash widespread havoc on human, plant and animal health. In the Mediterranean alone 33,800 plastic bottles enter the sea every minute. Plastic waste enters our ecosystems and clogs land, air, and waterways.


Recent scientific findings show that 77% of tested human bloodstreams have detected microplastics.



The Approach


Conservation Collective addresses global plastic pollution through community led action to deliver long-lasting impacts and pioneer scalable solutions. Each category incorporates direct action, campaigning, research, education and policy activities:

Thanks to Depeche Mode & Hublot funding, the first round of projects in 2023 supported seven impactful initiatives across seven countries, with three more rounds of funding set to empower even more positive change. See updates from round 1 below, and watch this space for new project announcements to come.



The Projects

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The world is inundated with plastic. Laws exist but are ineffectual, no one understands or enforces them. Tourist destinations add enormous pressure to existing waste facilities. Individuals and businesses want to reduce but often don’t know how to. These projects translate, facilitate and enable meaningful change.



Plastic Free Ibiza & Formentera


  • Ibiza generates the most waste per capita of all the Balearic Islands, at just under 600 kg per inhabitant in 2022. These values are far in excess of the Spanish national average, with tourism being a main contributor.
  • There is a Balearic law that prohibits single-use plastics but is not being followed by many businesses. This project works with the hospitality sector to help them understand and comply with the law. It establishes a clear roadmap to reduce and eliminate plastic waste and replace it with honest alternatives through a plastic-free product supply guide.
  • Since June 2023, around 20 local businesses have started the plastic-free certification process, while nearly 100 have participated in waste reduction workshops. Meanwhile 4 beach clean-ups have removed more than 420kg of litter from Ibiza & Formentera's beaches.



Plastic Free Beach

Cyprus Environment Foundation

  • Around 80% of rubbish collected on beaches in Cyprus is plastic. EU waste policy implementation is ineffective due to inadequate infrastructure and coordination issues.
  • This project strengthens the ‘Plastic Free Beach’ concept, which includes introducing facilities such as freshwater fountains, designated smoking areas with benches and ashtrays made from upcycled plastic, community engagement through awareness signs, and creating upcycled plastic artwork by local school students. It also aims to secure and implement the quality of Plastic Free Beach through legal advice and contracts.
  • From June to November 2023, five beaches participated, four events were organized, 359 students attended educational programmes on plastic waste reduction, 250 refillable water bottles were awarded to beach visitors, and more than 200,000 people were engaged through organized awareness campaigns.



Plastic Free Schools

Sicily Environment Fund

  • In the islands of Sicily, school students buy plastic water bottles and other snacks each day from vending machines.
  • Marevivo is running a Plastic free Schools campaign and competition to reduce single-use plastics and engage young people to join the fight!
  • Schools from 12 islands signed up for the competition! 3 schools will win water filters and reusable water bottles to eliminate plastic bottles.


Waste Management

As our global population grows, so does our unprecedented waste production. Waste management projects are critical for mitigating pollution, conserving resources through recycling and reusing materials, and advancing the principles of a circular economy.


Kiunga Marine Reserve Clean-Up

Lamu Environment Foundation

  • Lamu, Kenya, has no active government-led waste management system.
  • Bahari Moja, a local initiative led by a remote community of women and young people, works to reduce plastic pollution on beaches and in their village through implementing waste management through regular beach and village clean ups, running education programmes with local schools and creating income-generating activities to recycle waste to prevent buildup.
  • From June to November 2023, Bahari Moja has removed 5,274 kg of waste, recycled 2,352 kg of hard plastic locally, organised weekly village clean-ups, and 3 large beach cleanups with over 200 women and students participating, and identified 200 sea turtle nests - double the 2022 record!




Ionian Environment Foundation

  • With 70,000,000 kg of waste generated annually in Corfu, the island faces a waste crisis with its landfill full for two years, resulting in costly waste shipping to other Greek sites.
  • The Sin.Praxi community project in northeast Corfu addresses this issue, this summer alone they collected 59,000 kg of waste.
  • The project funding started in November and will boost infrastructure and education to divert waste from landfills through reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and circular economies.



The presence of rubbish in the ocean is a significant concern, endangering marine ecosystems and livelihoods. However, since marine debris is a human-created problem, we have the capacity to address and resolve it. Plastic clean-up initiatives play a crucial role in tackling environmental litter, both along coastlines and beneath the water's surface.

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Cleaner Seabeds

Lanka Environment Fund

  • Did you know that 80% of the seabed in the Western Province of Sri Lanka has been deemed polluted?
  • Pearl Protectors is pioneering one of Sri Lanka’s first large-scale reef clean-up through volunteer diving expeditions. They are also developing recycling and upcycling plans for effective waste disposal.
  • So far over 1,000kg (about the weight of a Clydesdale horse) of abandoned or discarded fishing gear has been removed by 150 volunteer divers (8 of which were PADI trained as part of this funding).



Till the Coast is Clear

Devon Environment Foundation

  • UK households are throwing away around 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging every year, with just 12 per cent being recycled in the country and much of it ending up in the sea.
  • Till the Coast is Clear (TTCIC) is recovering plastics from hard-to-reach locations on the South Devon coast, using volunteer crewed recyclable kayaks and motor vessels.
  • So far, this funding has enabled TTCIC to buy four new sea kayaks made from recycled plastic fishing nets, establish additional waste collection points at remote coastal locations, and distribute beach cleaning kits to local schools.


Follow Conservation Collective to see project updates and to learn about more projects supported thanks to this partnership.



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About Conservation Collective

Conservation Collective, a global network of local foundations funding effective grass-roots conservation initiatives to protect the environment, restore nature and safeguard against climate change.

Environmental philanthropy faces two key challenges: persuading people to direct money to the biggest issue of our time and getting that money to the most effective environmental initiatives.

Conservation Collective has a proven and winning formula for both.

We build clubs of donors linked to places they care passionately about, to open new channels of funding for nature restoration. We have seen that people are instinctively “place-based”, and that when it comes to conservation and philanthropy, we are all more likely to want to protect the places we know and love.

  • We set up, incubate, and support local environmental foundations. All over the world, people are working tirelessly to protect the places they love from the impacts of climate change and the biodiversity crisis. Those most affected by environmental problems are often best placed to tackle them, and grassroots action is our most powerful weapon.
  • Our member foundations unlock new funding for the best and most effective grassroots projects dedicated to preserving, protecting, and regenerating biodiverse ecosystems on land and below water, and to slowing down and adapting to climate change.

For more information about the projects selected please visit:




About Hublot

Founded in Switzerland in 1980, Hublot is defined by its innovation, which began with the highly original combination of gold and rubber. This "Art of Fusion" stems from the imagination of its visionary Honorary Chairman, Jean-Claude Biver, and has been driven forward by CEO Ricardo Guadalupe since 2012.

The release of the iconic, multi-award-winning Big Bang in 2005 paved the way for new flagship collections (Classic Fusion, Spirit of Big Bang), with complications ranging from the simple to the highly sophisticated, establishing the extraordinary DNA of the Swiss watchmaking house and ensuring its impressive growth.

Keen to preserve its traditional and cutting-edge expertise, and guided by its philosophy to "Be First, Different and Unique", the Swiss watchmaker is consistently ahead of the curve, through its innovations in materials (scratch-resistant Magic Gold, ceramics in vibrant colours, sapphire), and the creation of Manufacture movements (Unico, Meca-10, Tourbillon).

Hublot is fully committed to creating a Haute Horlogerie brand with a visionary future: a future which is fused with the key events of our times (FIFA World Cup™, UEFA Champions League, UEFA EURO™) and the finest ambassadors our era has to offer (Chiara Ferragni, Pelé, Kylian Mbappé, Dustin Johnson, Usain Bolt, Novak Djokovic).

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