Event Spotlight: Pickathon

Pickathon Partners with Klean to Go 100% Plastic-Free

Many said you could never hold a large, multi-day music festival without using plastic cups and without selling bottled water. Pickathon and Klean Kanteen have proven the naysayers wrong. The decision to go plastic-free was however, not a small one. Massive infrastructure changes were necessary to ensure that festival goers, musicians and staff still have easy access to water and drinking/food containers. Pickathon, with the help of Klean Kanteen, continues to create the model of a truly sustainable, plastic-free festival. We are proud to work alongside them, now in our fifth year as a partner.

Event Facts

  • Founded: 1998
  • Klean: 5 years
  • Location:
    Portland, OR
  • Attendees: 15,000
  • Pint Cups: 7,500
  • Water Served:
    1,995 gallons


  • Single-Use Water Bottles: 32,000 /yr*
  • Plastic Cups: 50,000 /yr*
*estimates based on event usage data, free water stations metered, and pint cups sold.


Pickathon was the first multi-day music festival to eliminate plastic drink containers and the proving ground for the Steel Pint Cup. Attendees pay for a steel cup that replaces single-use corn-based and plastic cups.


In 2011, Pickathon eliminated all single-use plastic utensils and dishware. Using a token system with GoBox and Bambooware, attendees wash and exchange bowls, plates, and utensils with food vendors all weekend.


Klean Kanteen provides water refill stations to Pickathon as part of the commitment to not sell water, which we feel no one should pay for! This dramatically reduced waste from single-use water bottles.

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