DGTL Revolution aims to continuously keep sustainability top-of-mind. To meet this goal, we make fundamental changes to our festival set-up and in our day-to-day activities. Throughout the year, we search for the newest technological innovations and projects to help us reduce waste, lower CO2 emissions and increase awareness about sustainability amongst our visitors.
Last year, DGTL introduced the hardcup system with a deposit for every cup used. In doing so, we got rid of of plastic disposable cups, greatly reducing the amount of plastic waste generated. Our festival grounds are now clean throughout the entire festival and the cups we use instead are hard plastic reusable eco-cups.
In 2016 DGTL also went meat-free, serving only vegetarian meals. This indirectly saved 14 million liters of fresh water, which was otherwise needed to produce beef for hamburgers. We also indirectly prevented 53 tons of CO2 to be released in the atmosphere. This year, DGTL will be meat-free again.
DGTL is launching an ambitious project this year in collaboration with “The Green Deal for festivals”, the "Ministry for Infrastructure and Environment", "Rijkswaterstaat" and “Metabolic”. With this pilot, we aim to identify all incoming and outgoing materials of the festival and visualize them in a material flow index. This will allow us to minimize the production of waste, reduce cost of waste disposal and eventually create a zero-waste festival in the near future.
The entire festival is powered by green energy. We decrease the use of generators by carefully planning and minimizing the amount of electricity needed, logging our usage, and using the in place electricity grid wherever possible. All the generators we do use run on biodiesel made from reclaimed cooking oils.
DGTL’s Revolution Vanguard enlists over 400 volunteers who assist in keeping our festival grounds and surrounding area as clean as possible. They also assist in recycling projects and participate in the eco coin launch. Over 200 volunteers are students at the NHTV school for leisure studies, learning what it means to organize events in the most sustainable way possible.
We strongly believe that the time for awareness is over, and people need to start carrying out sustainable action. That is why DGTL has partnered up with Next Nature Network to introduce “The ECO Coin”. The world’s first ecological currency. By participating in one of the many Revolution projects or workshops, DGTL’s festivalgoers will now earn ECOs they can use for rewards like free sustainable food, music-downloads, unique products, discounts and even access to the ‘TBA-secret area’.
At “The Future of Food”, Dutch food pioneers will serve some of the ingredients that could soon become part of our staple diet. The Future of Food forwards to the year 2050, when, so it is claimed, there will be insufficient agricultural lands to feed the entire world’s population. Here, DGTL offers visitors a taste of the adjusted, alternative, and entirely new foods.
DGTL DOWNTOWN is a new area where several sustainability projects and art come together. At DOWNTOWN, DGTL envisions our near future in which waste is non-existent, a fully circular economy has been implemented, clean energy is generated locally and our food system has received a sustainable upgrade. Local partners present their solutions for a waste-free society, recycling and upcycling our waste, which we use as resources for new products.
Working with our Foodwaste reduction partners, DGTL teamed up with Instock, ResQ and Buurtbuik to collect and use ingredients which would otherwise be wasted over the weekend. The rescued ingredients will be used in our smoothies, and in dishes by selected partners at the DGTL food court.
This year DGTL launched the all new sustainable merchandise line, consisting of t-shirts, sweaters, hoodies and tote-bags made by Pure Waste textiles.
Together with GreenChoice, DGTL will launch a crowdfunding project in which visitors can invest in solar energy. The solar energy wil be locally generated and contribute to the supply of powering both the DGTL stages as the homes of the DGTL Energy Collective members. By this way our visitors will have disposal of green energy at their homes, and together provide the DGTL stages with solar energy.
At the following projects sites, DGTL’s local partners present solutions for sustainable food, a circular economy, and a waste-free society. At every project, ECOs can be earned for participating in sustainable behavior. The majority of these projects can be found at DGTL Dowtown, which is open from 12:00 to 20:00.
In the not so distant past, before the introduction of the “super”market, food foraging was a common practice. Reclaim forgotten knowledge and find out which “weeds” are food.
Standing tall as a spherical garden, SPACE10’s “The Growroom" empowers groups of people to grow their own food locally, and in a beautiful, sustainable way.
Who knew growing mushrooms could be this easy and stylish? In the near future, growing your own fungi from kitchen scraps and coffee grounds will be commonplace sustainable practice.
As worldwide population continues to grow, insects will inevitably become part of our staple diet. Breeding them is easy, and the tasty ones could soon replace the “ham”burger.
Converting CO2 to protein, algae flourish every time you exhale. Find out how these tiny organisms might soon change our global food system whilst mitigating climate change.
Ever wondered what the sustainable near future tastes like? Tastelab presents the latest taste-trends and uncultivated nature with textures unknown to our current taste palate.
Liquid, functional food, designed to provide your body with all the resources it needs. Cost effective, time efficient, and perhaps a prevalent “dish” for future humans.
You are what you buy! The NANO Supermarket presents speculative innovative and uncanny products with nano technology that may hit the shelves in the next ten years.
The world’s first ecological currency, designed to provide an alternative to the current economic system. The ECO coin can only be earned by carrying out sustainable action.
Nothing goes to waste in nature. Why can’t we say the same about our society? Plastival takes a practical approach to this conundrum and shows us how the re-use “waste”.
There is no such thing as “waste” in a circular economy. Find out how these initiatives convert “waste” to resources, and then manufacture new products.
Just because you don’t wear it, doesn’t make it useless. Django’s Closet upcycles garments by creating new stylish accessories from unwanted textiles and unworn clothing.
What if we could make bio-disposable ponchos which contain flower seeds to help restore bee populations? The ADE GREEN contest winner presents its findings and prototypes.
Every year, tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted by supermarkets and restaurants. Buurtbuik and ResQ have come up with great solutions to reduce food waste.