Compass Natural Creates Eco Expo for First-ever Eco Music Festival

SNOWMASS, Colorado (July 6, 2011) - The first-ever Eco Music Festival - EMU, held July 4th Weekend in Snowmass/Aspen, Colorado, was very well received by festival-goers from Colorado and throughout the country. The event bridged sustainability with outdoor adventure, eco-exhibitors, and world-class musical acts, including Leftover Salmon, the New Mastersounds and the Disco Biscuits.

Compass Natural was engaged by EMU to help organize, market, sell and manage this year’s Eco Expo, featuring local, regional and national natural, organic and sustainable products companies. Exhibitors included Grant Family Farms, a renowned Colorado organic farm near Fort Collins that boasts the largest CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program in the country; Slow Color, a Denver-based provider of naturally dyed linen scarves from India; Bottlehood, a Boulder-based company that repurposes glass bottles into vases, cocktail glasses, lamps, jewelry and more; Eco-Products, provider compostable disposable plates, glasses, utensils, napkins, etc.; energy bar maker Clif Bar; Honest Tea; Silver Peak Apothecary of Aspen; the Way of Nature Wilderness Retreats; and others.

Best Organics, a leading organic gift basket company owned in part by Compass Natural’s principals Steven Hoffman and Seleyn DeYarus, also displayed its Colorado's Best Organics gift box collections at EMU, as well as products from local artisan organic producers from throughout the state.

Adding to the festival atmosphere, exhibitors brought product samples, games, button makers, fun photo booths and more. Larger than life puppets, and lighted hoola hoop dancers regaled the crowd as the bands brought excellent music to the occasion. Leftover Salmon, a popular band originating from Colorado, energized the afternoon with its blend of rock and bluegrass; and the Disco Biscuits lighted up the night with their extended, groove-infused musical journeys.

Other musical acts including Tea Leaf Green and RJD2 kept the crowd dancing throughout the day on Saturday, July 2, the day the main acts took the stage. A welcoming concert on Thursday, June 30, featured funk-jazz combo the New Mastersounds from Leeds, England. On Friday, a Suset Social featured bands from throughout the country, and a pool party at the Viceroy Hotel capped the festival on Sunday.

The goal of EMU was to reduce the footprint of an outdoor music festival to as zero waste as possible. Efforts to reduce its carbon footprint included working with the nonprofit Trees Water People to plant trees for every ticket sold; all compostable disposable products provided by Eco-Products; recycling and composting stations; and exhibitor tents made from renewable bamboo, repurposed beetle-kill pine, and army surplus parachutes.


With a mission to combine sustainability, music and outdoor adventure, EMU, the Eco Music Festival's goal is to be an annual event that helps educate festivalgoers about being more conscious in their daily lives--and helps bring sustainability to the outdoor concert business. For more information, visit

For more information about Best Organics and its artisan organic gift collections, or to purchase gifts, visit For more information about or to contact Compass Natural, visit,