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Bonnaroo goes an even deeper shade of green


The Bonnaroo festival descends on Manchester, Tennessee next weekend, and it continues to get greener every year. Here are the names from this year’s lineup who have shown up in this blog space in the past year: Metallica, Jack Johnson, and Willie Nelson. Also playing are other outspoken artists like Pearl Jam and M.I.A. (the latter recently donated her performance fee from MTV to start two new schools in Africa), and some of the other big acts include Chris Rock, Robert Plant with Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett, Kanye West, Death Cab for Cutie, and B.B. King.

This year the festival has partnered with the Clean Air Conservancy to offset all emissions, in effect making the fest carbon neutral. As for all the emissions caused by the audience traveling to Manchester, attendees are encouraged to purchase Clif Cool Tags, which translate to wind energy credits. Some carpoolers will be rewarded with campsite upgrades, and Carbon Shredders will be present to help individuals calculate their personal carbon reduction.

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Woody Harrelson plans a 40-day desert-island starvation


Woody Harrelson: cannabis activist, yoga devotee, staunch vegan, and environmentalist. Some might say lately that Woody puts the “mental” in environmentalist, especially after they read this feature story about him in the Sunday Times Magazine, where he mentions his plans to fast for 40 days on a remote, deserted island and drink his water right out of a stream. (Via ecorazzi, which hilariously chose an accompanying photo of “Wilson” from the Tom Hanks desert-island movie Castaway.)

“I know it’s going to be really hard. But can you imagine it? Eating nothing for 40 days? Swimming and surfing every day in a remote place? Where does the mind go?”

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Turner greens the restaurant biz


Media Mogul (and Mr. Jane Fonda) Ted Turner has set his sights on another lofty goal: greening the restaurant industry. Turner’s Montana Grill chain of 55 restaurants claims to be a 99% plastic-free establishment. According to an article in USA Today, it offers eco-friendly bags, boxes, utensils, fluorescent light bulbs, and even paper straws just like they had when Teddy was a little boy. The menus are made of 100% recycled paper and the cups are made of cornstarch, and on top of that, the chain’s website reveals the toilets are water efficient, and the soap is biodegradable Boraxo. They serve bison to try to bring back the bison by increasing demand. Personally I’ll pass on the bison, but overall, I’m impressed!

But that’s only the tip of the iceburg that Ted wants to protect from melting. He’s also assisting with funding for a green restaurant initiative called “Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability,” which the National Restaurant Association revealed Monday at its annual convention in Chicago. Read about some of their suggestions to restaurateurs here.

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Ludacris and Tommy Lee: Climate change activists?


OK, Planet Green (the 24-hour green network), you win. I will write about your silly reality show Battleground Earth because when else will I have the chance in this space to write about hard rockers from my metal past?

“Battleground Earth” stars rapper Ludacris and Tommy Lee, the gregarious drummer from one of the most polluted rock bands in history, Motley Crue, in his third reality series. Maybe the animal-protecting ways of his vegetarian ex Pamela Anderson are finally rubbing off. The stars will compete to see who is the greener of the two.

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The Sting that makes ya go hmm: Is Sting a hippy-crite?


I generally don’t give much credence to articles about which supposedly green celebrity also recently drank bottled water [gasp!]! It’s generally a case of someone claiming the emperor wears no clothes, when really the emperor has been pairing organic cotton clothes with conventionally grown cotton.

However, so much ado has been made of late about whether Sting and wife Trudie Styler are good guys or eco-hypocrites that it had to be addressed.

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