Coachella: Festival goers guide to recycling and supporting the planet

California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival kick starts its 2017 offerings over two long weekends from this Thursday – 14-16 April and 21-23 April. Global Inheritance is on hand once again to jazz up the site with its artistic and creative experiences designed to encourage festival goers to recycle and do their bit to support the environment.

If you’re heading to the festival, here’s some of the fun yet simple initiatives that the Coachella festival in collaboration with Global Inheritance have devised to help festival goers have a sustainable experience.

Carpoolchella

Carpooling or car sharing is one way to reduce the impact on the environment. By car sharing – with four or more to a vehicle, the idea is that it reduces fuel costs and carbon emissions.

Carpoolchella invites four or more to a vehicle a chance to win prizes including VIP passes to Coachella for Life, guest backstage passes, vouchers and more. To participate, carpoolers must display a banner with “Carpoolchella” written on it and secret spotters randomly pick vehicles as prize winners.

Recycling Store/10 for 1 Bottle Exchange 

More prize winning comes in the way of Coachella festival’s on-site Recycling Store, which saves millions of bottles, cans and cups every year.

For every 10 bottles dropped off at the Store, festival goers can exchange this for points and cash them in for Coachella merchandise including tote bags, T-shirts and more.

TRASHed – Art of Recycling 

Dispose of your festival trash in a piece of artwork. More than 45 artists this year have taken part in Global Inheritance’s TRASHed Coachella collection, who have each transformed a blank 65-gallon recycling bin.

The diverse collection of bins – everything from sci-fi inspired, pop art styled to comic strip style have featured as part of the TRASHed Coachella collection in previous years – will be displayed across the festival site, brightening up the space and encouraging festival goers to rethink trash and start recycling. After Coachella, the TRASHed Coachella bins are donated to schools and museums across California, to help launch recycling programs in Southern California.

Recyclosaurus Rex

Recyclosaurus Rex, a 40ft robotic rex, has become the Coachella festival’s recycling mascot.

The metal dinosaur sculpture, made from scrap metal, mingles with festival goers, musicians and artists encouraging them to give up their plastic bottles and cans, and consuming recyclables.

Energy Playground 

Festival goers can charge up their devices including mobile phones by producing the energy themselves.

By having a go on a range of playground pieces, which have included cycling and seesawing, the activity of cycling and seesawing for instance then gets converted into electricity and gets fed to a lithium ion battery – known as the Energy Well. Exercise and energy in exchange for energy.

For more sustainability initiatives at Coachella 2017, visit Coachella and Global Inheritance

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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