An eco-friendly CD package got nominated for a Grammy this year! And although The Ditty Bops’ self-released Summer Rains didn’t win, the 100 percent recycled paper pop-up packaging — printed with soy-based inks to boot — is a whimsical eco-inspiration — as are the musicians behind it.
Amanda and Abby have also created their own eco-nonprofit, You And I Save the World, which encourages everyone to sign a Plastic Reduction Petition that personally commits them to BYO-bagging AND calls on the EPA “to create a plan to implement a national plastic bag tax in order to dramatically reduce the use of single-use plastic bags.”
Lately, the Los Angeles-based eco-duo has gone through a lot of changes. For one, Amanda and Abby are no longer officially The Ditty Bops; they’ve instead launched a new self titled art and music collective. For another, in October 2008, they got married in California.
I’ve yet to see Amanda and Abby perform live, but I hear the shows are often very theatrical, with fun period costumes and puppet shows! You can hear an interview about The Ditty Bops’ 2006 bike tour — and some of the duo’s music — in this NPR interview.