6 Feb 2020

Sustainability De-Coded

The road to becoming the world's first circular dance festival


With 2020 being a milestone year as we strive to become the world’s first completely circular dance festival, it was essential that our 2019 edition would bring us that much closer to achieving those goals. Watch the video to see how we did it. For more information, read the article below. 



Critical Breakthroughs with the zero-emission tool 

One of the most significant breakthroughs for our sustainability endeavors in 2019 was the introduction of our first ever carbon footprint analysis. The launch of our zero-emission tool enabled artists, visitors and suppliers alike to calculate and compensate for the carbon emission of their journey to our festival. 


From waste bins to recycle hubs

We said goodbye to trash bins and swapped them for four ‘Resource Collection Points’: recycle hubs where people were encouraged to dispose of their resources in the right stream. By eliminating traditional waste bins, our residual waste was reduced by 50% compared to the previous year. 



Changing the impact of food on our environment one step at a time

Food has an enormous impact on the environment with reports stating that 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions are emitted by the food and agriculture sector – even more alarmingly, of all this food produced ⅓ is thrown away annually. We  flipped our menu creation by basing it on food residues available to us from local food chains. Fun fact: our hamburgers were made out of salvaged brown beans!


Beyond circular: renewable meets regenerative 

- One of our key objectives for 2019 was to run the entire festival on 100% renewable energy- and we nearly made it!

- Three students of the master’s program MADE, designed a circular and modular object that served as festival lighting during the Easter weekend.

- For the first time ever, we hosted artists in Amsterdam’s circular hotel Jakarta. 

-  In addition to this, we transported all artists in electric vehicles back and forth from the festival grounds. 

- Through regenerative projects such as these we can help to positively shape the city - and all this is just the beginning.


Keep a close eye on our projects, as we continue to experiment and innovate on the road to becoming circular by DGTL Amsterdam 2020.  


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