Keep it clean, Keep it green! Zero Waste is more than just a Dream.

Thank you to everyone who came out to witness the debut Eastlake Music Festival on May 24, 2014! We are besides ourselves in the after glow of this magical weekend. Special thanks to all of our organizers, volunteers, sponsors, evening venues and performers.

Did You Know? Eastlake Music Festival  produced only two bags of trash. Yes, you read that co. Just, two bags of trash were sent to the landfill. The wonderful staff of Green Mary diverted all other waste to recycling or composting facilities.

Take a look below to see the incredible, eco-conscious work Green Mary provides to festivals and events up and down California. Mary and her crew sorted all of our waste stream at the point of entry and again at the point of departure to the landfill / recycle / composting. She goes above and beyond to ensure eco-sustainability, which is as important to us as fiscal sustainability.

For more info on Green Mary’s services please visit her website.

What is Green Mary?

The Green Mary event greening business provides eco-education, event greening, composting service hauling and covers the entire San Francisco Bay area, from Santa Cruz to Mendocino and often in locations much more distant. The company’s goal is “zero waste events.” Composting and recycling aside, the Green Mary crew supplies real dishware and explores best practices and materials on a event-by-event basis, doing everything possible to divert waste from landfills.

Who is Green Mary?

In the several years prior to her greening business, Mary Munat was a volunteer coordinator for the Health and Harmony Festival, an annual Sonoma County music festival event. It was there she heard Julia Butterfly Hill speak about her dedication to the environment. Inspired by Julia’s speech Mary recalls her life “changed in an instant.” Thus was Green Mary born.

Seven years later, the company has nearly 100 seasonal employees and provides waste diversion for upwards of 100 events a year. Events range from small non-profit luncheons and conferences to marathons and large music festivals such as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival which brings about 750,000 music lovers to Golden Gate Park each October and sends 85% of its “waste” away as reusable, compostable or recyclable.

Mary has an extensive network of resources for every part of eco-event production – local organic produce, bicycle valet parking, alternative energy sourcing, the hauling of used vendor oil, and the emcees who shout out the green message from the stage. Earth Tip signage is created and placed around the event to give participants ideas for how to live lighter once leaving the event – ways to get off junk mail lists or the importance of drinking shade grown coffee, for example. One sign image that encapsulates American reliance on bottled water compels the future-oriented attendee to rethink the plastic bottle in her hand.

When asked about the future Mary dreams of the day that “greening services” become obsolete as changes on every level of society embrace waste-free events, she answered “We’ll be bringing our own cups, our reusable water bottles. Bottled water is a thing of the past, we’ve got woven fabric napkins and non-plastic utensils. There’ll be biodegradable wares made of locally grown bamboo, hemp, and birch, all features of reduced reliance on fossil fuels for their manufacture or process.”

“There is endless room for imagination and empowerment in living lighter every day,” said Green Mary, “That’s what I dream about, and I dream in color.”

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