(O.K., WHETHER YOU’RE IN A BAND OR NOT)
Musicians often write set lists on the back of flyers or advertisements. Follow this lead and reuse paper as much as possible.
Whether on tour or on vacation, unplug as much as you can to save energy when items are not in use.
Carry a travel mug and reusable utensils (like a bamboo spork) instead of accepting plastic ware every time you get coffee or food to go.
It can save as much as 90% on energy if you wash your clothes in warm-cold, not hot. Your skinny legged jeans will thank you.
Be mindful of ewaste, which can leak toxic chemicals. Dump batteries, old computers and cell phones at specially designated sites that know how to deal with such refuse. Check out earthday.net for where to go.
Use organic cotton for your band t-shirts, your soccer team or your business—the process of cultivating regular cotton involves a lot of pesticides harmful to the Earth.
Going on tour, a family vacation or a business trip? Consider carbon offsetting your CO2 emissions through Native Energy, which purchases renewable energy credits equaling what you used.
Don’t bring that extra suitcase on the road. Pack down. An extra 100 lbs. reduces miles per gallon by up to 2 percent, compromising a non-renewable energy resource.
Consider carrying a tote, stuffing items into your purse, backpack or briefcase or just carry your purchased goods instead of accepting a plastic bag.
Open windows when you can instead of using the AC. Rock your favorite sweater rather than turning up the heat.