<![CDATA[BY: BROCK MARTIN, Intellitix Sales Development RepLast weekend in central California, Lightning in a Bottle undertook its 12th edition. With approximately 20,000 people attending every year, LIB has become the centerpoint of the “transformational” movement, a worldwide circuit of festivals underpinned by a philosophy that prioritizes alternative lifestyles and independent music. With a teeming calendar of talks and lectures during the day in addition to its 5-stage, 4-night musical line-up, it’s part of the festival’s mission to offer more than just hedonism. LIB organizers The Do LaB—who also put on their own stage at Coachella every year—make it a central part of their mission to imbue attendees with a sense of responsibility for nature, humanity, and progressive thought. Along the way, Lightning in a Bottle has become one of the most sustainable festivals in the world.Here are some of the simple ways that LIB is leading the way for sustainable festivals….
Pack in, Pack OutA central tenet of Lightning in a Bottle and every “transformational” camping festival is the “Pack in, Pack Out” policy. Attendees are encouraged through literature and word-of-mouth to be mindful of their trash and take on responsibility for their own waste. It has become a social expectation that campers clean up their campsite prior to departure.
Leaving the festival, there is a full-scale pop-up trash deposit operation on the side of the road, where departing revellers can dispose of their filled up trash bags. Even though a policy like this can never be enforced 100%, the idea has become so ingrained in LIB attendees that it has significantly decreased the waste left on the grounds as compared to mainstream festivals.
Keep it green, keep it clean folks! Pack out what you pack in ‼️ & Sort your camp’s trash – landfill in one bag and recycle in another ‼️ NEW THIS YEAR: we will be taking SORTED waste for FREE during festival exodus ‼️ LIB land is not to be messed with so we’re asking you to please PACK IN PACK OUT or at the very least SORT your camp’s trash & then drop it off at our facility on the way out. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR TRASH BEHIND AT YOUR CAMPSITE. Thank you for helping us keep our LIB home & the Lake San Antonio habitat thriving. We love you a lot. ❤️ . : @watcharaphoto #LIBfestival #LIB2017 #sustainablefestival #packinpackout
Energy SavingThe Do LaB’s energy saving techniques manifest in every aspect of the production. Energy-saving LED lights are preferred for lightning on stage, biodiesel fuel run light towers, generators, camping shuttles, and crew vehicles.Lightning in a Bottle also uses hybrid solar and wind generators for power—the cell phone re-charging stations dotted around the grounds are even solar-powered! As a campout festival, the energy use from daily vehicular traffic and the wasteful hospitality industry are completely eliminated. You’d be surprised how much energy and water 20,000 individuals abstaining from electricity, vehicles, and showers can save!
Carbon OffsetsAny energy that the Lightning in a Bottle cannot eliminate is paid back by The Do LaB through carbon offsets, donations made to organizations that reduce carbon emissions. They even keep their contributions local. In 2016, the festival donated to Fiscalini Dairy Farm in nearby Modesto, CA.
The farm operates an “anaerobic digester system” that actually captures methane from cows and turns it into energy to run the farm. It’s fair to say that Lighting in a Bottle actually gives back more energy than it uses.
How to reduce carbon footprint at a festival ♻️ https://t.co/GR9jGs6UgT pic.twitter.com/qWDW2GxvuF— Lightning ina Bottle (@LIBfestival) May 9, 2017
3-Tier TrashThe fields of trash left over at most festivals is enough to make any sustainability advocate despair. At Lightning in a Bottle, trash receptacles are arranged into three bins: landfill, recyclables, and compost.
Organic waste (all cups used at LIB vendors included) go in the compost bin, where they can be recycled to grow crops. Recyclables, like cans and plastic, go in the second bin. Everything else goes in the landfill. With all three trash bins sat next to each other and clear signage that states what goes where, LIB makes it so easy to be sustainably conscious that there’s no excuse or reason for doing otherwise.
Let’s all do our part to keep LIB clean ♻️https://t.co/qC9UR2Gvmj pic.twitter.com/5zFZmYhXCb— Lightning ina Bottle (@LIBfestival) May 17, 2017
Vegetarian OptionsAlthough you can find chicken at certain vendors at Lightning in a Bottle, the vast majority of food options are entirely vegetarian or vegan. Cutting beef from the menu by itself is a huge contribution to energy-saving endeavors. The statistics are startling: It takes 2,500 gallons of water to produce a pound of meat, but only 25 gallons to produce a pound of wheat. In fact, producing a single hamburger burns through enough fossil fuel to drive a small car 20 miles. Suddenly, that quinoa salad sounds a lot more tasty!
Even with that said, it’s more than just veggie-dogs at LIB. The festival’s commitment to a meat-free diet has brought in some of the most creative vegetarian chefs on the West Coast, who are showing people that eating sustainably doesn’t have to come at the cost of taste or price.
Taste your way through LIB w/ these 7 adventures for the festival foodie: https://t.co/uw2ZWjZ81Z pic.twitter.com/da6C7rzLNd— Lightning ina Bottle (@LIBfestival) May 5, 2017