We chatted with Liza Barrett, Communications guru for the Music on the Mesa Festival. They put on one heck of a weekend in New Mexico filled with great music, delicious cold beer, and fun people. In June, Music on the Mesa used Silipints to enhance their sustainability efforts, helping them achieve their goals to significantly reduce their overall environmental footprint. Like many of the festivals and events, Silipint works with, Music on the Mesa is a leader and incredible example on how to create a greener festival environment. Here’s a little more on how they did it:Q. Tell us about Music on the Mesa
Music on the Mesa Festival at Taos Mesa Brewing, is an intimate 3 Day Festival on the flats of the high mesa of Taos in Northern New Mexico. This vast and beautiful location is at the gateway to the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument and Rio Grande Gorge Bridge which lends itself to 360 degrees of blue skies, jaw-dropping sunsets, the best views of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and galaxies for stargazing. Camping and vintage trailer rentals were offered next door at Hotel Luna Mystica.
And check out this line-up… Railroad Earth, Rising Appalachia, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Elephant Revival, The Cheese Dusters (Members of The String Cheese Incident and The Infamous Stringdusters), Drew Emmitt and members of Leftover Salmon with Jeremy Garrett of Infamous Stringdusters, The California Honeydrops, James McMurtry, The Giving Tree Band, Grace Askew, Wayne “The Train” Hancock, The Haunted Windchimes, Last to Know…Q. How did you use Silipints at the event?
We encouraged visitors to buy their Silipints and use them as their official festival re-usable pint glass for any beverage of their choice throughout the duration of their stay. Also, we had refillable water stations so folks could re-fill using their Silipint. We did not sell water bottles.Q. How else does sustainability/zero waste play a part of your event?
Beyond the on site efforts to be plastic free and encourage guests to reuse. The venue for our festival, Taos Mesa Brewing, was built sustainably using many re-purposed and up-cycled materials making it truly a one-of-a-kind beer destination. They heat their building by a glycol array covering the whole South wall. The Taos Mesa Brewing Amphitheater was designed and built with used tires and bottles by the one and only Mike Reynolds, known for the design and construction of “earthship” passive solar houses. Taos Mesa Brewing has also begun a program called Grain to Glass, giving farmers a chance to reinvigorate agriculture in Taos County and boast local ingredients in their craft beers. Their spent grain used to brew their beer is given to farmers around the community to feed their livestock.
Furthermore, since we offered camping and vintage trailer rentals within walking distance, over 300 people did not have to drive to and from the venue.Q. What was the take away of your guests/attendees about Silipints at the event?
THEY LOVED THEM! Rave reviews.
Q. In regards to sustainability and/or silipints: What is one thing you would have done differently?
Nothing! It was so great to see most folks have Silipints in their hands instead of plastic. It made the festival footprint much smaller.