Bandago: Carbon-Neutral Van Rental to Help Bands Tour Green(er)


When you're in a band, touring can be tough, from booking gigs and planning other logistics to finding reliable transportation and then actually driving from city to city, sometimes to the tune of 10,000 miles a month. On top of that, there's the actual "work" part of it, playing shows every night. Between that and finding a gas station in the middle of the night in the middle of Kansas, there isn't always a lot of time to think about your carbon footprint, but van rental agency Bandago (say it with us: Band-Ah-Go) is here to help. Specializing in serving the music industry (but also available to us wannabes and the rest of the general public), they offer 15 passenger vans and Dodge Sprinters, with enough space for a touring bands' gear and even tricked out for a little fun. Offering Sprinters (the diesel-powered, Mercedes-Benz engines get about 27 miles to the gallon) is a pretty neat feature -- though we'd recommend bands and citizens alike fuel 'em up with biodiesel -- but the real attraction for TreeHuggers is that they've partnered up with DriveNeutral (we interviewed CEO Jason Smith here) to make the entire operation carbon neutral. While its true that reduction and increased efficiency is the first (and perhaps most important step) to cutting back on the climate crisis, if your band isn't Pearl Jam, BareNaked Ladies or Gomez, and you haven't had the time or money to create your own Carbon Portfolio Strategy, offsets are a step in the right direction. By teaming up with DriveNeutral, Bandago expects to offset 823 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which is equivalent to taking nearly 240 passenger vehicles off the road for a year. With offices in San Francisco, Seattle, Los Angeles and Pennsylvania (serving the New York City area), they allow for travel in all 50 states (yep, even Hawaii, though they want to know about it first, "cause we want to laugh our asses off") and Canada, but not Mexico ("no, senor"). Learn more about them here -- including an impressive client list, from AC/DShe to Zonk and The Decembrists and Red Hot Chili Peppers in between -- and read up on the details of their carbon neutrality here. ::Bandago

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