Over the last couple of months DGTL Revolution has been very busy with the sustainability plans for 2018. To tell you the truth, it is been hard to keep all the details hidden, since we made this program even bigger and better than previous years. However, we are finally able to share our future plans with you. Check out the full program here. But the one we are most excited about is something truly special. Without further ado, we proudly present the first circular food court!
• After finishing their meals, the visitors will take their biodegradable plates and food leftovers to the resource collection point.
• At the resource collection point, our composting machine will turn disposables and leftovers into compost within 24 hours.
• The compost will then be distributed amongst participating urban farmers.
• The urban farmers will use the compost to grow vegetables and other ingredients for next year’s meals.
• In doing so, DGTL closes the organic material flow, and creates zero food-waste.
At DGTL, over 10.000 meat-free meals are consumed each day, creating a substantial organic waste stream and tens of thousands of used disposables. This year however, all of the festival’s food waste (including the biodegradable disposable plates) will be converted to compost using an advanced composting machine. In doing so, the festival organisation is fighting back plastic-addiction and provides proof that even large-scale food consumption can become completely sustainable.
New circular food systems are a much-needed system change. Roughly one third of worldwide food production is wasted, with a mere 3% of all food waste being converted into compost. The residual waste is either incinerated or ends up in land-fills. DGTL puts a stop to this unnecessary waste at their first event of the year, in their hometown of Amsterdam. All of the compost created during Easter weekend will be brought to the affiliated urban farmers. These farmers made arrangements with selected food caterers at a special “speed-dating” event to supply the caters with the organic produce they need for their menus in 2019.
With these new plans, DGTL aims to introduce a planned food production system reducing overproduction of food and even further reducing food waste in the years to come. When successful, DGTL might just set a precedent for worldwide implementation of zero-waste food courts at festivals.