A recap of the amazing impact our events team was able to generate in 2016
We have been showing up in Happy Valley, Oregon, since 2010 to help Pickathon maintain its commitment to eliminating single-use plastic. This year is no different, except that we are encouraging all attendees to bring and reuse their own Klean Kanteen stainless steel pints and bottles purchased at previous Pickathons or at other music festivals.
THIS WEEKEND WE ARE HEADING TO NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND, FOR ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST ICONIC MUSIC FESTIVALS IN AMERICA: NEWPORT FOLK FEST.
Founded in 1959 by George Wein and Pete Seeger, Newport Folk Festival has long been known for its celebration of American music–folk, the blues, jazz and rock. The festival has also hosted a number of once-in-a-lifetime moments such as Bob Dylan going electric in 1965, The Pixies going acoustic in 2005, and performances by Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Janis Joplin and Howlin’ Wolf.
This year, the Newport Folk Festival is implementing Klean Kanteen’s Cup Karma® program, which helps festivals eliminate waste by introducing alternatives to single use cups. With the purchase of a reusable Klean stainless-steel pint, the festival is offering one free drink token to encourage attendees to reduce waste and create a more sustainable experience in the festival beer and wine gardens. In addition, Newport Folk branded Klean Kanteen water bottles will be available for purchase, and attendees will be able to fill up their bottles using water stations provided by Klean Kanteen.
In recent years, Newport Folk Festival has made considerable efforts to green its event. The festival requires all vendors to use compostable cups and plates, offers multiple recycling stations and encourages ride sharing and bike stations. The festivals massive bike stations support one of the largest riderships of any festival in the US.
We are proud to be part of this Rhode Island summer classic and hope to see you there!
To find out more about Newport Folk Fest, please check out their website.
Every summer, we set out from our home in Chico, California to bring single-use solutions to music festivals across the United States. We love it when we get the opportunity to do the same in our own backyard, which is exactly what we are doing at this weekend’s High Sierra Music Festival.
This family-friendly event kicks off today in Quincy, California, and will treat festival-goers to the sounds of Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Greensky Bluegrass, The California Honeydrops, and many other wonderful artists.
Throughout the Fourth of July weekend, Klean will be providing water stations to help all those in attendance stay hydrated, healthy, and happy in the summer heat of the High Sierras.
In addition to partnering with us, High Sierra Music Festival is working with Clean Vibes to minimize the environmental impact of the event. Together we are going to ensure that as little waste as possible is created. Clean Vibes will take any waste from the festival and see that it is recycled and composted as efficiently as possible.
For more information about how we are helping set the standard for environmental responsibility at music festivals and events, please visit our events page.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, we were fortunate to take part in one of Colorado’s signature high country festivals: Telluride Mountainfilm. Klean Kanteen has been a dedicated sponsor of this event for years because it isn’t just a film festival, it’s a thoughtfully curated experience that encourages an entire community to live their dreams of being the adventurers and change makers this world needs more of—and ditch single-use along the way. From a snowy filmmakers dinner to a summery closing picnic, the weekend was packed with astounding films, symposiums, talks, and mixers that stimulated conversation about adventure and conservation.
The films, as always, were the highlight of the weekend. To give you a taste of the ones that inspired us, we have put together a short list of our favorites.
We want to send a big THANK YOU to Telluride Mountainfilm for putting on such an amazing event, and for our partnership that is encouraging our global community to move beyond single-use plastic. Check out more photos from our visit to Telluride here.
The Festy Experience has a unique history, and it goes like this: In August of 2009, The Infamous Stringdusters played the Brew Ridge Trail Music Festival on the ground of Devil's Backbone Brewery in Nelson County, VA. They knew they wanted to create a music festival of their own already, but it became obvious that the location in Nelson was the perfect spot to make it happen. At the time, the group used the place-holder name, "The Festy" (commonly used to describe a festival), but wanted to create the right experience for the event to be successful and sustainable. As planning continued, the name The Festy Experience took hold, and the rest is history. Today, the Stringdusters' event still has a commitment to providing a fabulous three-day music festival without producing excess waste. We are proud to work with The Festy to continue to spread the message of sustainability to other events and to help reduce single-use waste, one reusable pint and Kanteen at a time.
The 2015 Festy Experience kicks off in just one day, and continues with the same principles it was founded with. You won't see a single-use beer cup or bottle of water available for sale on site, and every Festy admission ticket comes with a Klean Kanteen stainless steel pint. You can learn more about sustainability during Festy here. This year's lineup includes headliners Lyle Lovett, Brett Dennen, the Sam Bush Band and more, and you can check out the full lineup here. We hope to see you there!
It's that time of year again; the biannual meeting of the outdoor community in Salt Lake City is upon is! Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is here, and we'll be setting up camp at Booth #3009 as usual. We'll also be participating in some brand-new events we're excited to share. If you're heading to SLC next week, be sure to take some time out of your busy trade show days to enjoy some of the awesome happenings we'll be taking part in. Here's what you won't want to miss from us at Outdoor Retailer this year:
- #BringYourOwn™ at Toasters Deli: Head to Toasters Deli, just across from the Salt Palace, on Wednesday, August 5th and Thursday, August 6th from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., bring your own reusable container, and your cup of coffee or tea is on us. It's that simple!
- 5 Gyres SEA Change Expedition Recap: Come to zest kitchen & bar on Thursday, August 6th from 6-8 p.m. and listen to a live presentation from those who participated in the monumental SEA Change Expedition. Our very own Non-Profit Outreach Manager, Caroleigh Pierce, who joined 5 Gyres on one leg of the expedition, will speak about her experience as well.
- Happy Hour to Benefit NatureBridge: Join us on Friday, August 7th at the Klean Kanteen Booth (#3009) for a Happy Hour to celebrate our non-profit partnership with NatureBridge. Donate $5 to receive your own 10oz stainless steel cup, along with cocktails, trivia and prizes. All proceeds will benefit NatureBridge.
- Insulated Klean Kanteen Bottles for Sale: Swing by the Klean Kanteen Booth (#3009) to purchase your own custom matte black 32oz Insulated Conservation Alliance bottle. The cost is $25, and benefits The Conservation Alliance. Bottles are available while supplies last.
At this point in the week, we suspect you're in the mood to get out and enjoy the world outside of your computer screen, but it's Thursday, and you can't–yet. Don't despair! We've got just the thing to make you smile, daydream or draw inspiration from for your weekend, which is just around the corner.
FloydFest is an independent, grassroots, multi-genre family-friendly outdoor music festival that takes place in the beautiful mountain town of Floyd, Virginia. Now in its thirteenth year, FloydFest welcomes over a hundred bands, along with nine uniquely different performance stages and a myriad of experiential offerings for the entire family. We're proud to partner with this event for so many reasons, but we're most full of pride for our ability to work together to reduce single-use waste.
Several years ago, Klean Kanteen and FloydFest installed a commercial well on the event site, making it possible to provide free drinking water to all festival patrons. The immediate impact? We eliminated the waste of over 50,000 single-use plastic water bottles throughout that very weekend. We continue to partner with this epic event to reduce single-use waste by providing free mountain water to all guests, all weekend long.
This year's FloydFest just kicked off, and we're excited to be a part of such an amazing event, yet again! Swing by and say hello to us, and enjoy a beautiful weekend in the mountains!
It’s been about a week since I returned from my life-changing trip through the Caribbean, and I’m still processing everything I saw and the fantastic people I met. My leg of the 5 Gyres expedition, which sailed from the Bahamas to Bermuda to study ocean plastics, was exceptional. The people who joined me on this journey were no less outstanding; musician and ocean ambassador Jack Johnson, Patagonia ambassadors Dan and Keith Malloy, along with Kimi Werner and The Legend Mark Cunningham, were all there for the ride. Together, we were joined by an incredible gathering of youth activists, nonprofit organizations and responsible brands such as ChicoBag and LUSH cosmetics, all of which came together to learn more about the issue of plastics in our ocean, share our passion for the ocean and discuss ways that we can share this important story with the world. We had a documentary film crew with us and a journalist aboard the ship, both of whom captured great footage and conversations along the way.
We sailed 850 nautical miles while sampling the water’s surface for plastics, and we didn’t pull up a single trawl that didn’t contain plastic fragments; as many as 700 pieces showed up in a single sample! None of this came as a surprise to me based on the information I have, yet this journey has moved me in ways that I never expected. I often give talks on plastic pollution, sharing the data provided to me by 5 Gyres. But this time, I was the student and not the teacher. I found myself often sitting in silence, watching and listening (not my usual demeanor if you know me at all), absorbing all the information and knowledge I could. Our days were filled with inspiring conversation and scientific research, and our nights with spontaneous jam sessions and laughter with newfound friends.
My trip also had land legs, and we were blessed to spend time on beautiful beaches and swim in the most crystal blue water I’ve ever seen. We spent time with local students on the beaches doing research and enjoyed the hospitality of the communities along the way, who are also very concerned about the issue of plastics and how it affects their islands.
So, what exactly did I learn while I was out there? Well, here’s my big takeaway… What you see is not what you get. The ocean and beaches look perfect at first glance. They are so inviting and appear so healthy. But time after time, with a closer look we saw the real damage and effect humans and our habits are having on the ecosystem. Sure, we saw some large pieces of plastic and things we recognized from our daily lives just floating about, but more often, we saw this confetti of sorts, a smog of plastic–both in the water and on the shore. What's more, this plastic confetti is too tiny to clean up with any machine or net, and too constantly flowing into our waters to ever really make a difference with clean-up efforts.
I don’t say these things to be a Debbie Downer or to make people feel there is no hope. In fact, I feel quite the opposite. This trip has left me inspired and hopeful. Our ocean will heal herself if we just give her a chance. We have to make a change in the way we live our lives and in the choices we make every day. We must shop smart. We have to refuse single-use items that live forever after we throw them “away." So, reuse and repurpose whenever you can. Teach what you learn and lead by example, and in doing so, we can all play a part in healing this BLUEtiful planet.
Klean Voice Contributor Caroleigh Pierce is the Nonprofit Outreach Manager at Klean Kanteen, and quite possibly the most naturally energetic human on the planet. Caroleigh is incredibly skilled at aligning Klean Kanteen with nonprofits that do incredible things, and her passion for fostering these relationships is simply beautiful.