There are greenfests, then there's Portland's Pickathon, which runs Aug. 3-5. Not as well known as some of the other national gatherings, the 14-year-old boutiquefest on Pendarvis Farm near Portland, Ore., draws 6,500 attendees per day, and has taken low-impact to a whole new level.

Founder Zale Schoenborn has made the intimate, three-day fest the greenest in the country by implementing a strict no-single-use policy regarding cups, dishware, utensils and containers. The only ev...


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