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.
CIRCULAR FOOD SYSTEM
Together, we systemically need to change the way we obtain food and resources to prevent rising climate change, habitat loss and further soil degradation. Therefore, DGTL is launching a circular food system. The aim of this project is to offer as many as possible local/organic produced food to visitors. In order to achieve this, we strive to connect local urban farmers with food caterers. Moreover, it is our objective to eliminate food waste and food packaging. Residual food and bio-degradable disposables will be converted into compost within 24 hours at the Food Court. As a result, DGTL converts used materials in valuable resources. In addition, environmental threats induced by the distorted linear food system will be tackled by offering local/organic produced ingredients from Urban Farmers.
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MEAT FREE, ALL VEGGIE CATERING
In 2016 we went all veggie with our catering. We welcome 40.000 visitors within two days and therefore we are able to reduce a significant amount of water, Green House Gas Emission and destruction of wildlife habitants and endangered species. Therefore, one of the criteria’s a caterer need to acquire is being entirely MEAT-FREE!
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For Amsterdam we will also focus on the recycling of urine phosphate to produce plant fertilizer. This project aims to communicate, in a surprising and fun manner, that there are ways to recycle that might be highly unusual, although very interesting and effective. DGTL will install special toilet cabins, which will provide information on ecological issues such as the nitrogen cycle, the phosphorus crisis and water scarcity.
URINE TO DRINKING WATER
One of the innovations of this year is the Semilla Sanitation Hub incollaboration with Innofest. Inside this 40ft shipping container the visitors urine will be converted to drinking water. A possible lifesaver for disaster relief areas. Who is brave enough to try?
SMART ENERGY PLAN
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.
HARD CUP ROTATION SYSTEM & CASHLESS SYSTEM
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.
MATERIAL FLOW ANALYSIS
DGTL sees waste as a valuable resource and therefore they have launched a resource plan instead of waste plan. A part of this resource plan is the ‘Material Flow Index’, which is a new methodology to identify all incoming and outgoing materials of the festival and visualise them in this index. The purpose of this project was to develop means to encourage other festivals to also adopt a resource-based methodology, instead of continuing the current perspective on waste.