Warped Green

If global warming skeptics think the worst is over now that Live Earth has run its course, they’ve got some bad news in this year’s Vans Warped Tour, which is just as green.

The tour kicked off at the Pomona Fairplex in California June 29th with several "Warped Eco Initiatives" including use of biodiesel, clean catering, recycled paper and soy ink, according to a statement.

Not only that, but the stage is solar powered, as is the recycling education tent. The Hot Topic/Kevin Says stage delivers 40,000 solar watts, eliminating the use of a generator that would have used 400 gallons of diesel and pumped out 8,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, Warped said.

The biodiesel will be used for 16 semitrucks and 16 tour buses. Clean catering means reusable dishware and biodegradable plates rather than the previous 80,000 disposable plastic or paper plates and bowls used during the tour. Each band and crew member has a branded mug for coffee, juice and water.