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For four decades, Bumbershoot has strived to be an environmentally friendly festival. With Seattle having been recognized as the nation’s most sustainable city in 2014, you can say we take our cues from our own backyard. As a uniquely urban event nestled in the Pacific Northwest, one of the nation’s greenest locales, Bumbershoot maintains a reputation as an environmental sustainability trailblazer within the festival industry. With your help, we can continue to make Bumbershoot one of the most sustainable festivals around.

Here are some ways we strive to create a green Bumbershoot experience:

Recycling Stations

Bumbershoot provides recycling stations throughout the festival grounds to encourage people to think about what they throw away and recycle whenever possible. Bumbershoot recycles approximately 7.5 tons of waste annually and we continue to make reduction of festival waste and recycling a top priority. Recycle your beer cup instead of throwing it in the garbage—it’s just the right thing to do. Recycling bins will be available in each beer garden.

Composting Stations

We are proud that 100% of our food vendors use compostable plates and utensils, and compost stations are provided throughout the festival grounds.

Reusable Water Bottles & Complimentary Water Stations

Single use plastic bottles are a big source of waste, so festival patrons are encouraged to bring their own personal, reusable water bottles and refill them for free at water stations around the grounds. Please make sure that any reusable water bottles are non-glass as those will not be allowed on festival grounds.

Renewable Power Source

All of the electricity required to run Bumbershoot is supplied by Seattle City Light, meaning it is 100% hydroelectric and completely renewable. Additionally, some elements at Seattle Center are solar powered.

Alternate Transportation

Since Bumbershoot is situated in an urban environment, it’s easy to commute to the festival by utilizing public transportation, taking Seattle’s iconic Monorail, biking, or walking (make your FitBit proud!). Bumbershoot encourages all festival fans to consider arriving at the festival by alternative methods. If you need to travel by car, consider carpooling or signing up for a Rideshare program.