Planet Bluegrass is committed to producing the finest musical experiences in exquisite natural venues in the most sustainable manner possible. There are a lot of simple ways we can all reduce our impact on Telluride’s and Lyons' fragile ecosystems.
- REUSE. Bring reusable items such as coffee mugs, water bottles and plastic cups for beverages.
- REUSE. Bring your own personal eating utensils.
- REUSE. Bring your own grocery bag when you buy groceries and festival goodies.
- REUSE your vintage KOTO beer cups at the Festival and bring them home with you after the Festival. If you can’t, please dispose of them only in the specially marked containers at the KOTO beer booth and customs gate or give to someone who will enjoy them.
- CARPOOL. Not only will you reduce carbon emissions; you will save money and have more fun too!
- BICYCLE. Zero emissions, great exercise, and the perfect way to get around the town of Telluride as well as take jaunts into the surrounding mountains. Check out Bluegrass By Bike (or the discussion on the Festivarian Forum) as a way to attend Planet Bluegrass festivals on your bike or the bicycle journey of Ty and Brett from Canada to Mexico via Telluride Bluegrass.
- PACK IT OUT. Take your recycling home when you leave so that we can reduce the number of truck trips to the recycling center.
- REDUCE. If you’re staying in a hotel or condo, let them know that you don’t need to have your towels and sheets washed daily.
- VISIT THE WASTE STATION. Use the compost, recycling and waste bins in the festival and campgrounds. Please ask our volunteers if you’re not sure, so compost and recycling is not contaminated. At Rocky Grass and Folks Fest the following can be composted and recycled. With your help we can achieve our goal of less waste to the landfill and more waste being composted and recycled.
-All Food Waste
meat, dairy, eggshells, bones, fruits, vegetables, rice, beans, pasta
-Coffee grounds & filter
-Paper Plates, Towels, Napkins,
-Corn Cups and silverware, potato silverware
- #1,2, or 5 Plastic Bottles & Jugs
- Aluminum: cans, clean foil, pie pans
-Glass- all colors
-Metal Lids & Caps (removed from bottle or jar)
-Paper Milk Cartons & Juice Boxes
- Steel & Tin Cans
- LEARN. Visit Greentown in the back of the Festival grounds to learn more about alternatives to the business as usual and meet festival partners who are working towards the zero waste and carbon neutral ideals.
- BALANCE. Help balance your carbon emissions onsite buy purchasing travel offsets at our Festivals or when you purchase your tickets online.
- SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AND IDEAS. Use survey cards or the suggestions drop box in Greentown to share your ideas on sustainable practice.
- SPREAD THE WORD. Take what you’ve learned back to your communities.
- Minimize the amount of packaging; avoid buying over-packaged goods and individual portion packs
- Buy durable products, returnable bottles and containers that can be re-filled
- Look out for recycled goods and those packaged in recycled materials
“Between the renewable energy use and the composting of corn-based utensils, I felt like last year's festival was not only music-tastic, but also eco-lightful.”Cut down on packaging by buying your fruit and vegetables loose
- Buy fair-trade and organic food, drinks and products at stalls if possible
- Use re-sealable containers to keep your food fresh (this reduces the amount of plastic film and aluminum foil you throw away)
- Use rechargeable batteries
- Recycle what you cannot reuse
- Car share or use public transport
- Turn off taps & showers when finished
- Live by the 'LEAVE NO TRACE' philosophy