Living Green: Festival Must-have Essentials

Festival commenced early this summer. But I had a late start to it. Or maybe not. I just pick the festivals to my liking. I am attending the Monterey Jazz Festival for the second time this Saturday 16th. I been looking through the artist like a maniac since early spring. I am preparing for the festival a day before making sure I have everything I need. The weather out here on the Central Coast has been odd to say the least. We had our record breaking hot weather. Muggy and misty. To now lighting and thunder and rain. Oh and the heat. It has gotten much cooler. But still strangely warm. But then again, we always can expect an Indian Summer around this time. But to be honest. This years Indian Summer has been like no other I have experienced in past years.

Monterey, California is known and is also one of the capitals of Jazz music. It has a famous history throughout the years. You can click here to learn more about it. There’s so much more than standard jazz. Trust me. I know some of you might get discourage because you might assume its all the same. But it’s not. I enjoy for the most part very upbeat and dance jazz music. The venue is a pretty big size that will carry a list of stages. indoors and outdoors.  I am going to the show to see a Columbia band, Monsieur Perine that blends its traditions Colombian style with genres from all over the world. Google them.

So let me stop rambling and get to what this post is about. Enjoying Festivals while being green at the same time.

Items to bring with you:

First and foremost. I recommend you go to the festivals website and read through the list of items that are permitted into the venue. This will give you a heads up and also an idea of what friendly green items you can bring with you.


  1. Reusable Cup
  • Ex. Monterey Jazz Festival permits me to bring either one water bottle, a stainless steel or other nonbreakable individual use water container is allowed. They also have container for sale at the event.

This is a great opportunity for you to bring a reusable cup/bottle. I have two stainless steel cups that I purchased on amazon

2. Flatware

Processed with VSCO with e1 presetWe all get hungry during a festival. We love to indulge in anything we can get our hands on. You can be sure that with each purchase you will either grab a plastic spoon or fork. So your best bet is to bring flatware with you. I love taking this swiss army looking flatware with me. for the price of $5. it is hands down a must have. I dont have to worry about carrying each utensil in my purse, I have it all with me in a swiss army flatware.


3. Stainless Steel straw

We use approximately 500 million plastic straws per year. Unfortunately, not all those straws are safely recycled and end up in the ocean. We can take baby steps and reduce this number by carrying a stainless steel straw with us. I have a set in my car, work, and my purse. I make sets of straws that include a straw sleeve. click here to check that out

4. Cloth Napkin

paper towels create a major drain on the earth’s resources. Take time to find a small towel or handkerchief. Find them at a dollar tree store. or make your own by going to a fabric store. you can also make or find a small bag to carry in.

I’ll be honest. At first I felt pretty dumb carrying all this. But the more you think about and know that you’re helping and doing your part in reducing single use waste. The better you feel about it. I always have my nephews in mind. I want to do my best and share what I know to you so we can all try to make a change and help reduce our waste.





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