For anyone who is interested in the pop-punk, screamo, or any rock scene, the Vans Warped Tour is a must-see, all-day concert. For those who are unfamiliar with this tour, it is America's longest running touring music festival, with around 100 bands playing throughout the day on multiple stages. I just got back from Warped Tour in Noblesville, Indiana, and I was very impressed with it! It was well organized, with tents set up for each band where they sell merch and do signings. My biggest challenge was choosing which band I wanted to watch and getting to my destination through the thousands of people there.
What I was most impressed with was how eco-friendly this tour was. Vans Warped Tour works with EarthEcho International to develop environmentally-friendly programs to create awareness of environmental issues. They use biodiesel, reusable dishware, the sound system is entirely solar, and they coordinate a tour-wide recycling program run by thousands of volunteers. They recycle thousands of pounds of plastic, aluminum, and cardboard, and each year, they reduce landfill waste by 100,000 pieces of disposable dishware. In 2006, Warped Tour reduced its carbon footprint by more than 600,000 pounds. Some of the bands volunteer to help pick up trash after the concert is over.
Other than band tents, you can also stop by tents for Peta, Greenpeace, and other booths made to help people and the planet. For more information on the tour's environmental practices, visit this
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