It is always nice to see when someone is doing their part to help save our planet so when I read a blog written by Tristan Prettyman recently about all the amazing little things she was doing to that end, I immediately contacted her to see if she would be willing to share her thoughts on being eco-conscious. Tristan is a singer and songwriter based in San Diego, California who is quickly making a name for herself across the world with the recent release of her second album Hello…x. She is touring this album now and like many musicians she was concerned with the impact a cross country tour might have on the environment. Through the use of reusable water bottles filled with filtered tap water, metal silverware and personal coffee mugs, she and her bus mates have already begun reducing their level of waste. Her efforts extend far beyond the tour bus however and she was really excited to share it with us.
At what age do you first remember becoming interested in helping to protect the environment?
I think I was born interested. Growing up in San Diego, especially near the beaches and beautiful parks like Torrey Pines preserve I was always outdoors as a kid. I surfed, did beach cleanups, took field trips to tide pools, went camping and horseback riding in the mountains. As you grow older you take those memories with you and wonder what you can do preserve the environment around you for those to enjoy in the years to come.
My music has really allowed me to travel and see the world and now I’ve become more interested in helping raise environmental awareness in other communities, and encouraging others to get involve doing things locally.
Growing up was your family also Earth conscious?
Definitely. We had a garden growing up and before the county even had a recycling program we’d take our cans and bottles to the recycling center.
What are some of the ways you have incorporated going green into your work?
We have a bus this tour so we are able to do a lot. We try to eliminate plastic bottles by carrying a 5 gallon water jug with a pump. We all have reusable recycled Sigg bottles which cut down on a ton of plastic waste. I try to use metal silverware and wash it everyday instead of plastic and travel with my own coffee cup. We use recycled paper plates and bowls and travel with a recycling bin on our bus.
Is there any one green practice that is something you do naturally every day?
I’d say having a Sigg bottle has really changed my life. I used to spend so much on water; I was a Fiji brand fanatic. But one day, I just switched and started drinking tap water and bought a Brita filter for home. Buying bottled water adds [up] and ends up in landfills and waterways.
What are some of your day to day efforts that promote an eco conscious lifestyle (drive a hybrid vehicle, vegetarian, recycle, use cloth bags, ride a bike, etc)?
I mentioned some already, but I do most everything you mentioned. I’ve driven a Toyota Hybrid Highlander for the past 2 years. I love it. It doesn’t get insanely amazing mileage like some if the other hybrids out there, but for an SUV it’s great. My bass player and I both have bikes on tour, so we cruise around everywhere. I use recycled bags everywhere. And as much as I can when out buying things other than groceries, I try to bring a bag or just stash things in my purse, I just recently realized the great thing about woman’s purses being so big is that you can fit a new shirt, toothpaste and shampoo and a book! I always come home looking like a kleptomaniac because I’ll have to most random things in my purse. I just hate excess. As far as eating, I try to eat vegetarian but I can’t resist good BBQ so I’ll indulge here and there. But I’m learning about the great lengths our food travels to get to us and it’s very unappetizing. I try to always buy organic and local.
When did you first become interested in Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue and the Surfrider Foundation? Can you tell us a little bit about the mission and your involvement?
They came to me a couple months ago and asked me if I’d like to be a part of it. Naturally, it just seemed like a great fit. I’ve spent most if my life at the beach and always participated in cleanups. It’s a really amazing event and I think people are surprised at how little effort it takes to make a big difference. The event is about raising awareness and keeping the beaches barefoot friendly.
When is the next date you team up with them?
We have one event left. South Padre Island, Texas on August 23rd. It was voted on by the community!
Would you ever consider touring in a bio-diesel bus?
Oh yeah, would love that. I’m just getting into a bus though and it’s very costly as is, but as soon as we can afford some other options we will definitely be looking into bio diesel!
Do you feel that performing shows live via the internet is a great way to keep your carbon footprint down since you can reach so many without flying/driving all over the world?
I never thought about that, but I kind of like that idea. The more I tour and travel, the more I wish I was home! So Internet shows would help solve that!
In addition to the AT&T Blue Room performance linked above, Tristan can be seen playing across the country through the middle of September. I strongly encourage seeing her live to support not only an amazing musician, but also someone who is taking steps to help maintain a beautiful planet to rock on.
Aug 15 2008 7:00P
Filene Center At Wolf Trap Vienna, Virginia
Aug 16 2008 7:00P
Festival Pier At Penn’s Landing Philadelphia
Aug 17 2008 11:00A
KZZO “A Day in the Zone” @ Gibson Ranch Sacramento, California
Aug 19 2008 8:00P
Visulite Theatre Charlotte, North Carolina
Aug 20 2008 7:00P
House of Blues Myrtle Beach
Aug 23 2008 7:00P
Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue TBD
Aug 24 2008 7:00P
St. Augustine Amphitheatre St. Augustine, Florida
Aug 26 2008 7:00P
Arkansas Music Pavilion (AMP) Fayettevile, Arkansas
Aug 28 2008 7:00P
Pine Mountain Amphitheater Flagstaff, Arizona
Aug 29 2008 8:00P
The Joint Las Vegas, Nevada
Aug 30 2008 7:00P
Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater Reno, Nevada
Aug 31 2008 8:00P
Great American Music Hall San Francisco, California
Sep 3 2008 7:00P
Malkin Bowl Vancouver, British Columbia
Sep 5 2008 7:00P
Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, Oregon
Sep 6 2008 7:00P
McMenamins Egdefield Amphitheater Troutdale, Oregon
Sep 7 2008 7:00P
Marymoor Amphitheatre Redmond, Washington
Sep 9 2008 8:00P
Wilma Theater Missoula, Montana
Sep 10 2008 8:00P
Knitting Factory Concert House Boise, Idaho
Sep 11 2008 7:00P
Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 12 2008 7:00P
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison, Colorado