As the summer approaches, so does outdoor festival season. In every community there are numerous outdoor festivals and events that take place all summer long. Locally here in Bend, Oregon we look forward to the upcoming Pickin’ and Paddlin’ series of concerts as well as countless of other outdoor concerts in town and along the Deschutes River.
One challenge of these festivals is the waste that is generated in the process and ensuring what can be recycled or composted, actually makes its way to the proper recycling bin. We recently heard of Clean Vibes Trading Post, an organization that is dedicated to solving this problem in a fun and engaging way – mobilizing festival patrons to collect recyclables that they can turn in to “currency” to purchase items at the “trading post”. Since 2008, the Clean Vibes Trading Post has engaged over 2500 patrons to divert over 1.8 million cans and bottles. We are proud to be partnering with Clean Vibes Trading Post in 2014 by providing Ruffwear gear for their trading post.
“In 2008, at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, the Clean Vibes Trading Post worked with event promoters, artists, and environmentally conscious companies to create a system of incentives to motivate fans to participate in recycling efforts. Fans could turn in pieces of recycling into the Clean Vibes Trading Post booth, collect points for each recycling piece, and later redeem their points for “prizes.” Prizes consisted of donations by the event producers, artists, and other eco-friendly companies. Examples include small prizes, such as sunscreen, to large prizes, such as free tickets to future events. Fans were excited about the opportunity to help keep Bonnaroo clean while earning cool prizes. The project was popular and effective!” (cleanvibestradingpost.org)
Ruffwear is providing Hover Craft™ toys, Quencher™ dog bowls and Huckama™ dog toys for fans to earn by turning in recyclables at Clean Vibes Trading Post. While we know you cannot take your dog to most of the events on their schedule, nothing says “I’m sorry I had to leave you home today” like returning with some Ruffwear gear and getting outside to play!
Here is the Clean Vibes Trading Post calendar of events for the 2014 season. If you are planning to go to any of these events this year, don’t forget to collect any recycling you see!
Tortuga Music Festival – April 12-13 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival – June 12-15 Manchester, TN
The Hudson Project – July 11-13 Saugerties, NY
Outside Lands – August 8-10 Golden Gate Park, SanFrancisco, CA.
More Events To Be Announced Soon