Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jack Johnson: Greening Up His Tour

Jack Johnson is definitely on the top of my list of favorite musicians.  I could almost listen to him all day and not get sick of him.  His lyrics, for the most part, speak directly to our society.

And there will always be stop and go and fast and slow
Action, reaction, sticks and stones and broken bones
Those for peace and those for war
And god bless these ones, not those ones
But these ones made times like these
And times like those
What will be will be
And so it goes
And it always goes on and on...
On and on it goes
-Times Like These

And some of his songs are so incredibly sweet.

"There's no combination of words
I could put on the back of a postcard
No song that I could sing
But I can try for your heart
Our dreams, and they are made out of real things
Like a shoebox of photographs
With sepia toned loving."
-Better Together

And we can't forget about his "recycle" song.

"If you're going to the market to buy some juice
You've got to bring your own bags and you learn to reduce your waste
And if your brother or your sister's got some cool clothes
You could try them on before you buy some more of those
Reuse, we've got to learn to reuse
And if the first two R's don't work out
And if you've got to make some trash
Don't throw it out
Recycle, we've got to learn to recycle."
-The 3 R's

His current "To the Sea" tour is greening,which I think is pretty neat.  He is eliminating all plastic water bottles used behind the curtain and replacing them with filtered water from a Brita.  He is also striving to eliminate all waste caused by his show by reducing, recycling, and composting.  He even has stations set up at his concerts for recycling and composting.  

His current album, "To the Sea" was recorded in a building powered by solar panels.  According to his website,
"The album was printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper, and carrying the 1% For The Planet logo. Jack Johnson's new album, To The Sea, is paving the way for responsible CD production and packaging. On the cd packing front, Brushfire convinced Universal (their manufacturer/distributor) to use FSC-certified recycled paper for all their Brushfire music and movie releases, developed the first 100% recycled plastic tray, and piloted a new form of environmental packaging called Eco-Pac. Brushfire is currently challenging Universal to develop a biodegradable corn-based shrink wrap and soy-based inks, and are developing a recycled plastic slimline or paper replacement for all radio singles."
His tour buses are being fueled by biodiesel and he has developed a rideshare program called ZimRide,  where you can hook up with another fan and drive to the concert together.  

When most bands go on tour, they have the finest caterers serving at their venue.  Most don't pay any attention to things like locally grown organic foods.  Jack has teamed up with local farmers and restaurants to serve his crew local produce from the area he performs at.  Also, all disposable cutlery is biodegradable (made from potato starch, corn, and sugar cane starch).  

And those t-shirts that you just have to get at the concert are being made from sustainable and renewable resources.  
Check out to learn even more about his greening efforts.

I've never been to one of his concerts even though I would absolutely love to.  He'll be in George, WA on October, 02, 2010.  Click here to check out tickets. 

Hopefully, Jack is just the first of many artists to begin "greening" their tours and taking steps to reduce their carbon footprint.  His efforts give me one more reason to love his music and keep listening. 

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