While this article is tuned to Lightning in A Bottle in particular, it’s an article that’s relevant to any festival you attend. Treating the environment with respect is something we all should do all the time, but at festivals in particular we need to take great strides.
Lightning In A Bottle has made many initiatives to create a more sustainable world, as well as educate attendees on the impacts they can make. I would be amiss if I didn’t help you learn some of the simple ways you can make less of an impact on the environment at Lightning In A Bottle this year.
Lightning In A Bottle (LIB) takes place May 24-May 29, 2017 over Memorial Day Weekend. The festival takes place just about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco in Bradley, CA. A festival that is easily my favorite, is one that is not to be missed. There’s so much to explore and learn at LIB that it is a festival that is almost impossible to write just one post about. Therefore, this post is dedicated to the green experience of LIB, and in particular, how you can help to create less of an impact on the environment during your time at the festival.
LIB has made many initiatives to create a greener festival experience. From things they do as hosts, to education for attendees, it’s clear why the festival won the Outstanding Greener Festival Award 3 years in a row. While this article is about the ways you can help create less of an impact on the environment, I thought you might like to learn first about the ways LIB is creating a more sustainable world.
- Reduce LIB uses LED stage lightning as much as possible, and even solar lights where they can.
- Renewable Energies The festival maximizes renewable energy sources such as biodiesel, solar and wind. All the cell phone recharging stations are run on solar power, and free to use.
Carbon Offsets Any energy LIB cannot eliminate they offset through certified carbon offsets. You can contribute to the carbon offset by adding a $2 offset fee to your ticket purchases. This year, offsets will go toward the Fiscalini Dairy Farm in Modesto, CA.
- The farm runs on an anaerobic digester system, huge words, so let me break it down. Anaerobic digestion is the process of breaking down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen. It is used to manage waste and produce fuels.
- At the farm, fumes from methane are captured to create electricity to run the farm. A liquid by-product from the process is used to produce fertilizer for the crops, and a solid by-product is used as bedding for livestock. The farm is verified by the Climate Action Reserve.
While these all seem like huge things LIB is doing, there are some really simple ways you can help contribute to creating a greener festival experience.
Number 1: Carpool
One of the easiest ways to make less of an impact is to take fewer cars with your squad. Make sure you figure out who wants to go, and then decide on only a few drivers. Fill as many people as you can into one car (as seat belts allow), and avoid driving alone unless absolutely necessary. This will also help you reduce the amount of stuff you bring into the festival too, keeping it to one car.
Number 2: Invest in a Solar Charger
While the charging stations at LIB are powered by the sun, there’s nothing more dull than sitting around waiting for your phone to charge at the festival. It’s so easy to purchase your own charger and then charge on the go. With a portable charger you can sit at a lecture and charge, or nap under a tree and charge. Strap it to your backpack and let it charge up all day so you’re ready to plug in your phone when you need it.
On the same note, we found solar powered lights for our tent. We would let them charge all day, then we could turn them on at night so we could see inside. Some nights we left them to turn on automatically when the sun set so we could find our tent. With all our solar chargers we were able to avoid needing batteries at all. What’s great too, is that in both cases they are items you can you use at future festivals or on camping trips.
Number 3: Bring Less Waste
Whatever you bring into the festival make sure to take out with you. To make this easier, think ahead: what do you really need? What’s going to create waste? Instead of bringing cases of water bottles, find a big reusable pitcher you can fill up for your campsite. Everyone should also bring their own reusable water bottle to carry around. There’s free water all over the festival, and rarely a line to fill up.
Perhaps you have a new tent, new toy or food boxes. Instead of dumping all that packaging to the camping grounds, take it out of the packaging at home and be sure to properly recycle it there. Which brings me to number four.
Number 4: Throwaway Your Waste in the Proper Bins
One of my favorite things about Lightning in A Bottle is how every trash bin has three bins, Compost, Recyclables and Waste. In theory, at LIB you should be putting the least amount into the Waste bin. Most items, including the cutlery from vendors, are compostable.
Make sure that when you have any trash you sort it into the proper bin. It’s an education to learn how you can recycle or compost at home. There’s also always someone helpful from LIB around to ask questions of if you’re not sure which bin your item belongs in.
So take these lessons to LIB and make your festival experience more green. Buy your tickets and organize your squad, it’s a festival that’s not to be missed.
Seeing live music has always been in my top 5 favorite things that I like to do. Ever since I turned 16 and could drive myself I’ve been attending as many live music events as I can. And I love all types of music, from classical piano to dubstep.