Adam Gardner is best known for singing sticky melancholic hooks in his band Guster, But it has the potential to affect his other gigs which, well, all humanity. In 2004, he and his wife, Lauren Sullivan, founded Riverb, An organization dedicated to helping artists give their travels an eco-conscience and inspires visitors to take action on climate change. This year, REVERB became the music and public relations partner of the United Nations Environment Program, an honor partly inspired by the nonprofit Bama Green collaboration. Dave Matthews Band (The Bama Green Project covers all of the band’s environmental efforts). Over 15 years and 20 tours, REVERB has helped DMB eliminate 121 million pounds of carbon dioxide from their travel footprint and raised 2 2 million from fans for environmental reasons. A fraction of what Gardner’s company has achieved – including its 2019 clients You don’t answer You don’t answer, Shawn Mendes, P! NK, Dead and Company, And Lord Huron, To name a few তাই so we thought we’d tap his knowledge for some quick tips on how artists can make their tour more eco-friendly.
Do not use disposable water bottles.
“For a band at any level, the easiest thing to do is get rid of single-use plastic water bottles that are probably in your hospitality rider. Venues get their case and case. Bring recyclable items and, if you can change your rider, ask for a 5-gallon bubble or even a 2.5-gallon jug. Otherwise, go back to the tap! Just fill the sync. And if you use reusable bottles on stage, show it. You don’t have to talk about it – the fact that you’re taking a swipe at it makes a statement.
Eat more smart.
“You want to make sure you’re eating organic wherever you can, and it doesn’t come in a bunch of packaging. If venues provide food, ask for recyclable catering items where applicable; reusable and compostable when it’s not an option; and styrofoam “Also, refrain from wasting food. For Gaster, if we leave with six bags of potato chips at the end of the night, we will open the chips to the rider next time.
Don’t ignore your merchant.
“Are you selling? Is it being made? Is it toxic waste or organic cotton made in China? How environmentally friendly is it? Is it being flown from Bangladesh? I think many people know how to avoid sweating things, but lots of things are being made that are environmentally friendly Not good. See your merchant and understand where it comes from. Providing eco-friendly products and especially reusable bottles is a great way for participants to make a difference.
Use alternative fuels.
“There is a company called GreenVans Where you can rent a van that can run biodiesel and even vegetable oil. Biodiesel is now available at many pumps – it’s not 100 percent, even 15 percent biodiesel is no better than anything and you want to support the businesses that offer it. If you’re on the bus, you need to make sure it can carry biodiesel, but many companies are now allowing it thanks to artists – such as the Dave Matthews band – pushing for it.
Offset your mileage.
“If biodiesel is not an option, you can drive your flight and miles and count your carbon footprint. [and purchase carbon offsets]. We use a partner called Native energy. It’s not incredibly expensive, even if you can’t completely neutralize your tour emissions, you’re supporting renewable, clean energy. Obviously you don’t want to buy your way out of it. You want to keep those footprints as short as possible. So if you can, plan your route too so you don’t zigzag across the country.
Do not put the battery in the trash.
“Batteries should be disposed of properly instead of going into toxic and landfill. Better, if you use a wireless in-ear pack, guitar paddle or something else, get rechargeable. If you drop them on the charger, you’ll see how full they are, and they’ll actually save you money.
“If you are at a hotel, collect cosmetics from your home and donate them to homeless shelters. Whether you use them or not they are replaced, which is ridiculous. ”
Use your platform.
“Use social media or platform to spread awareness. Whether you are a rock star playing in the arena or just starting out, all musicians have connections with their fans like any other public figure. There is intimacy because you write music from your heart and your message resonates with people. It is very effective to use that emotional connection to share other things you think about. We adopted the name REVERB because it reflects the change in music from musicians to their fans, and from fans to the community – in their schools and workplaces. This is a wave effect. ”
“You don’t have to be an expert – just be enthusiastic. Also, don’t be a buzzkill. It doesn’t have to be, ‘The sky is falling, we’re all dying!’ It could be, ‘See what’s happening with clean energy! Today, five times more solar work is available than coal work. It’s new. It’s exciting. This is progress and we can continue. Here’s what you can do. ‘One of our big catchphrase is’ band together.’ It’s about bringing people together about important things. ”
– Chris Martins