Music festival patrons used to the post-concert littered wasteland can now breathe fresh air. Eight cities took part in the Green Apple Festival this past weekend which held free concerts in Washington, D.C., New York, Miami, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In Chicago everyone from 56 Hope Road to Groovatron and Okkervil River to Saul Williams entertained earth-friendly crowds at the Beat Kitchen, Schuba’s, The Metro and Lincoln Park Zoo.

The festival was entirely paperless with organic cotton t-shirts with the staff, biodiesel generators, organic food and plenty of recycling bins. The festival guides were printed on recycled paper to let the musicians leave their mark instead of the trash.

More and more festivals are jumping on the sustainable bandwagon with eco-friendly concerts popping up across the States including Chicago’s own Lollapalooza and anywhere Jack Johnson steps his insistently green foot. Now all concert-goers have to feel morose about is bludgeoning countless people on their way up to the stage.

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