Eco Lands, nestled in the wooded cul-de-sac in Hellman Hollow alongside the Panhandle Stage, is the mecca of social consciousness and community within Outside Lands. Eco Lands' message radiates throughout the entire festival and continues to provide an educational forum for sustainability, showcasing local community organizations, national NGO's, a farmer's market and Hydration Stations by YETI for filling your reusable drinking vessels. A thank you to our other environmental partners United, Plenty and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Outside Lands has one of the highest waste diversions rates of any festival on the planet. We created nearly 400K pounds of waste last year, but we diverted 91% of that waste through composting, recycling and reusing. Each year we work alongside Clean Vibes and the San Francisco Department of the Environment to achieve the highest possible diversion rates. All of the cups, plates, bowls and utensils are 100% compostable at Outside Lands thanks to our sustainability partner Eco-Products. Please make sure to put them in the proper green bin marked “compost.” You can also look for our Clean Vibes Trash Talkers® who will help point you in the right direction. This year we are going plastic straw free and having refillable cups in Beer Lands and Wine Lands.
REFILLABLE CUP AND WATER PROGRAM
Let’s save the earth from more plastic! This year at Outside Lands we are offering various refillable programs throughout the festival to cut down on our plastic cup use. For the first time we will have refillable beer mugs available at Beer Lands in addition to having refillable wine cups in Wine Lands for the second year. As in year’s past we will have multiple refillable water stations throughout the site providing complimentary refills. Please bring your own refillable bottle or you can purchase a YETI & Outside Lands collaboration bottle.
PLASTIC STRAW FREE
In keeping up with our progressive host city, San Francisco, we have banned all plastic straws from the festival site. We will offer compostable paper straws by request only.
2017 BY THE NUMBERS – 91% WASTE DIVERSION!
Compost - 65.88 tons (131,760 pounds)
Recycling/Reuse* - 113.22 tons (226,440 pounds)
Landfill - 18.56 tons (37,120 pounds)
Total Waste Produced - 197.66 (395,320 pounds)
Total Diverted - 179.1 (358,200 pounds) - 91%
Breakdown of Recycling Stream:
Commingled Recycling to Recology – 63.05 tons
Wood to Recology and Homes for Homeless – 29.63 tons
Plastic Sheeting to Recology – 5.88 tons
Metal to Recology – 2.16 tons
Used Cooking Oil to Greasecycle – 7.2 tons
Pallets donated to SF Clean City – 2.8 tons
Food Donated to Food Runners – 2.5 tons
CLEAN VIBES TRADING POST – RECYCLE & WIN!
The Clean Vibes Trading Post is ready to reward YOU for your green behavior. Help us divert as much waste as possible this weekend! Collect cans and bottles, or cigarette butts, or bags of compostables from the concert site and “trade” them in for eco-conscious rewards! Stop by our booth across from the Merchandise Tent on the Polo Field for a chance to win tickets to OL 2019!
Join the North Bay Flower Collective at Flower Lands and immerse yourself in a dynamic floral experience in the heart of the festival. Take a botanically-inspired photo in front of our flower wall, try on some of some of our floral wearables for a one-of-a-kind self portrait, spend some time exploring the alluring smells of our aroma lounge, make yourself a piece of botanical “festy flair” at our boutonniere bar, and learn about the ecological importance of supporting your local floral economy.
FARM LANDS MARKET
The Farmer's Wife will once again be bringing local, organic Bay Area foodshed produce to Farm Lands Market this year. A variety of seasonal fresh fruit will be on offer including plums, nectarines, berries, and more, all sold by weight just like at your local farmer's market. Those with a sweet tooth can enjoy a rich caramel-dipped Gravenstein apple, and those looking for a healthy snack can dig into a Straus Yogurt Parfait sprinkled with farm fruit, Nana Joe’s granola, and Marshall's Farm wildflower honey. For a refreshing treat guests can order an organic apple spritzer made with fresh-pressed apple juice from the Wife’s Sebastopol orchard, garnished with fresh mint, cucumbers, and edible flowers. The Farmer's Wife supports local purveyors of the finest fruits, vegetables, dairy, and meat, resulting in a curated collection of delicious bites you can feel good about eating.
- Nana Mae’s Organics; Sebastopol
- Dirty Girl Produce; Santa Cruz
- K&J Orchards; Yuba City
- Brokaw Farms; Watsonville
- County Line Harvest; Petaluma
- Happy Quail Farm; San Mateo
- Marin Roots; Petaluma
- Straus Family Farm; Petaluma
- Nana Joe’s Granola; San Francisco
- Marshall’s Farm; American Canyon
The best way to get to and from Outside Lands is on your bike - and the best way to ride your bike to the festival is with the official Outside Lands Bike Party! The group ride will be departing from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium each day at high noon PT and will leave the festival each night at 10:30PM PT from the Log Cabin Meadow near the intersection of JFK Drive and Stow Lake Dr. (Follow JFK eastward until you reach the end of street closure/rows of self-service bike parking). Bring your blinky lights and your bike dancing skills as we bop along the streets of San Francisco in the America's only group bike road to and from a festival.
How We Ride
- Stay in the Right Lane
- Stop at Red Lights
- Leave No Trace
- Ride Predictably and in Control
- Roll Past Conflict
- Ride Prepared
- When in Doubt, “Bike Party!!”
CLEAN THE WORLD WITH UNITED AIRLINES #ECOSKIES
Take time to give back. Fly over to United Airlines EcoSkies and assemble Clean the World relief kits for our Bay Area non-profit partners in need. Build a kit for a chance to win complimentary swag and two roundtrip tickets on California’s airline anywhere in the continental United States. Together we’ll help our communities and build a more sustainable future in the skies and across the lands. united.com/cleantheworld #EcoSkies
Eco Lands Organizations
ACLU of Northern California - San Francisco Chapterhttps://www.facebook.com/aclu.norcal.sf/
Mission: The San Francisco Chapter is working to protect and advance civil liberties and civil rights in San Francisco. Chapters are the ACLU’s eyes and ears in our home communities. We extend the ACLU’s reach throughout Northern California and keep lawmakers on their toes by working tirelessly to advance countless civil liberties goals using a variety of tactics.
Activities: Know Your Rights Trivia, “Why Civil Rights Are Important To Me” Banner, Stickers Galore!
Conservatory of Flowershttp://conservatoryofflowers.org/
Mission: Connecting People and Plants in a Place of Exceptional Beauty
Friends of the Urban Foresthttp://www.fuf.net/
Mission: Friends of the Urban Forest’s mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco’s green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy.
Activities: Spin the Tree Trivia Wheel. Make your own wreaths, crowns, or bracelets with branches pruned from local street trees. Camouflage yourself with tree themed face and body paint. Sign up to volunteer with us and enter a daily swag raffle!
Garden for the Environmenthttp://gardenfortheenvironment.org/
Mission: Garden for the Environment’s mission is to provide practical skills for all San Franciscans to personally contribute to sustainability through urban gardens, farms, and food. Whether you are a new gardener or an experienced urban farmer, you can learn in our nationally acclaimed teaching garden.
Activities: Do you want to learn about worms? Garden for the Environment will be bringing their rockstar composting worms so you can meet them in between your favorite shows! Composting keeps valuable waste out of the landfill and creates a nutritious fertilizer for plants and veggies. Stop by anytime to learn how you can make the world a more beautiful and healthy place to live (and how worms can help!). And when the festivities are over, don’t forget to come visit the garden at 7th and Lawton in the Inner Sunset, just a few blocks from Golden Gate Park.
Mission: HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.
Our message is not about what party you support or where you land on an issue. It’s that you must speak to be heard.
Activities: An interactive, entertaining booth with voter registration services, information on volunteering, and sign ups to receive updates on important issues!
Huckleberry Youth Programshttp://www.huckleberryyouth.org/
Mission: Huckleberry Youth Programs’ mission is to inspire, educate and support underserved youth to develop healthy life choices, to maximize their potential, and to realize their dreams.
Mission: Imperfect is on a mission to reduce food waste and to make fresh produce more affordable, accessible, and convenient. We source produce directly from farms, which would otherwise go to waste, and deliver it to customers’ doors for 30-50% less than grocery store prices. Since our launch in 2015, the Imperfect community has saved over 28 million pounds of produce from going to waste.
Activites: Come snap a photo with some ugly fruits and veggies at Imperfect’s #onlywasteisugly photo booth! For every picture posted to social media, Imperfect will donate fresh produce to Bay Area non-profits—take a selfie, fight food waste, and feed people!
Love Hope Strengthhttps://www.lovehopestrength.org/
Mission: Love Hope Strength saves lives one concert at a time by setting up free bone marrow donor drives at concerts, festivals and other events in an attempt to identify life-saving marrow donors for cancer patients in need of transplants. To date LHS has registered over 175,000 potential donors, resulting in over 3,500 potentially life-saving donor matches. GET ON THE LIST and YOU could save a life!
Activities: Every three minutes, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with some kind of blood cancer, potentially treatable by a bone marrow transplant. 30% of those diagnosed are fortunate enough to find a donor match within their family, but the remaining 70% must rely on an international database of selfless individuals all around the world, who have registered to donate if matched with someone in need. All it takes is a 30 second cheek swab and some simple paperwork to see if you might be a life-saving match for a blood disorder patient in need of a transplant. GET ON THE LIST and help increase these odds!
Mission: The NOW! (No Ordinary Week) Festival cultivates empowering connections between neighbors. NOW! is a challenge: to co-create the best possible version of our community for one extraordinary week. NOW! encourages us all to play and grow our community together through free or cheap neighborhood events.
Activities: Crafts! Giant Bubbles! Community Art! Games! …and more!
Mission: Oxfam is a global organization working to end the injustice of poverty. We help people build better futures for themselves, hold the powerful accountable, and save lives in disasters. Our mission is to tackle the root causes of poverty and create lasting solutions.
Activities: Oxfam will be offering the chance for festival attendees to take action on behalf of refugees, and to learn more about how they can help in the fight against poverty and social injustice.
Planned Parenthood Northern Californiahttps://www.plannedparenthood.org/planned-parenthood-northern-california
Mission: Planned Parenthood Northern California champions healthy communities and increases access to quality health care, information and reproductive freedom by providing medical services, education, and advocacy.
Activities: Planned Parenthood Northern California is excited to bring Sex Trivia back to Eco Lands! Participants will be able to spin our wheel, answer a trivia question, and win a prize no matter what! We will also be providing free safer sex supplies: condoms, dental dams, gloves, and lube. We hope to answer any and all questions regarding reproductive and sexual health. We will also have educational brochures on various sexual and reproductive health topics. If folks are interested in supporting Planned Parenthood and the work that we do, we will have information on how people can stay engaged with us at our booth.
San Francisco Yellow Bike Projecthttps://www.sfyellowbike.org/
Mission: The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is a grassroots, pop-up, do-it-yourself, community-building machine that brings dead bikes back to life and puts more city dwellers on two wheels. It’s a healthy revolution for San Francisco.
Activities: Stop by and see the power of the people at our pedal powered charging station.
San Francisco Recreation and Parkshttp://sfrecpark.org/
Mission: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.
Activities: Come visit the SF Rec & Park tent and tell us why you love SF Parks! We will be offering a wall of love for you to tell us why you love SF Parks. In addition, test your SF Parks knowledge in our trivia game and help us keep the park clean and great.
SF Rec & Park looks forward to promoting SF parks and recreational activities through fun and engaging activities that include:
Parks “Wall of Love”-Visitors will write why they love SF parks and will add their love notes to the installation.
Parks Trivia- Visitors will have the chance to spin the wheel and test their knowledge about SF parks and the environment.
Micro litter stewards- After performances at Eco-Lands, volunteers equipped with pickers will help to pick up litter around the stage.
In addition, SF Rec & Park will be giving away SFRPD swag such as Frisbees, park maps, sunglasses and magnets.
Mission: We are a dedicated group of volunteer activists, who are passionate about protecting the places we love to spend time. We are a non-profit, grassroots organization who work at the local, state, and federal level. At the local level we strive to be an integral part of our San Francisco community by organizing such events as as beach cleanups, educational, and social gatherings. At the state and federal level, we send representatives to educate and fight for policy change for the greater impact.
Our mission is to keep our Ocean, Waves, and Beaches clean for all to enjoy, and find creative ways to prevent plastic pollution from making it to the beach and ocean in the first place. Based on our geography, we are on the front lines to the threat of sea level rise and are working with the City, among numerous other stakeholders, to make sure we protect our coastlines without destroying our beaches.
Drilling is Killing! The Trump Administration wants to open the Atlantic, Pacific, Eastern Gulf and Arctic to new offshore oil and gas drilling. This is part of the largest assault on our ocean in American History. Make your voice heard and keep this disastrous new exploration from harming our coastlines.
Activities: Grab a friend and get dirty! We want you to test your competitive edge with a One Minute Chalk Wave challenge. Yeah you… can do a wave in one minute… seriously, you should see what we see! Y’all are artist at the core. Pop on by and instagram your wave for a chance to win a Surfrider Hoodie, T-shirt and more with a Plastic Pledge! “I do solemnly swear to give up plastic straws this year.” See… its that easy! Can’t wait to see you at OSL 2018! Mahalo!
Western Neighborhoods Projecthttp://www.outsidelands.org/
Mission: The Western Neighborhoods Project is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco. Our mission is to record personal memories, copy photographs, and help unearth the story of local people, businesses, schools, clubs, parks, or places of worship. We research the history of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco in the interest of preservation and community education; promote and make accessible to the public the rich and diverse stories of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco; solicit oral histories, photos, and historical items pertaining to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco for cataloguing and preservation in appropriate institutions; and build awareness of the cultural diversity that created the western neighborhoods of San Francisco. We have also created a website, located at OpenSFHistory.org, that currently has about 32,000 historic images of San Francisco for everyone to use and enjoy.
Activities: The Western Neighborhoods Project booth will feature photo albums, displays, and literature about the history of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco and this year we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Twin Peaks Tunnel at our booth. The booth will be staffed by board and organization members knowledgeable about our organization’s mission and activities and ready to discuss the rich history of the western neighborhoods with festival attendees.
Youth Art Exchangehttp://www.youthartexchange.org/
Mission: Our mission is to spark a shared creative practice between professional artists and public high school students, furthering youth as thinkers, leaders, and artists in San Francisco. We aim to engage public high school youth, primarily low income youth and youth of color, in exceptional, free visual and performing arts programs to build transferable arts, creative sector, and leadership skills through substantial public projects and studio classes. Working through iterative practice-building processes, our youth develop their individual artistic voice as well as their capacity to lead among their peers. Our programs provide a safe space for youth to build positive relationships, develop a foundation in the arts, and make San Francisco thrive.
Youth work, exhibit, and perform in professional arts venues, modeling professional artists in San Francisco and enhancing their experiences as young artists. Our pairing of faculty artists with youth fosters a creative community from which public art and civic interruptions emerge as art inspires action.
Activities: Our youth printmakers will host interactive printmaking and button making! You can make and take your own design or one of ours that was made specially for Eco Lands 2018!