12 Mar 2019

Sustainability projects 2019

Sustainability Projects Part 1

Last week DGTL could add two more awards for our sustainability efforts to this year’s achievements: The International Greener Festival Award and the Greener Transport Award. The first awards DGTL for being the greenest festival in the world! A great step towards our goal to become the first circular, climate neutral festival by 2020.


Today we can finally tell you more about some of our sustainability projects for 2019, starting with our new freshly forged foodcourt:


Did you know that annually, 1.3 billion tons of food is lost or wasted, which comes down to about ⅓ of all food produced for human consumption? This year, DGTL will change the narrative by taking our sustainability efforts outside the boarders of DGTL festival.


Together with The Food Line Up and Instock, DGTL has worked out a blueprint for a circular food system at the festival. Instead of basing our menu on what visitors want to eat, we created a menu based on food surplus waste. By using “imperfect food” from local suppliers we will be closing local food loops. This means that this year, we will be cooking with food that otherwise would have been thrown away and prepare the dishes according to circular principles. We are very eager to show you what a circular food system taste like.



Instock turns food surplus into tasty meals since 2014. The founders revalue imperfect and surplus products by means of their restaurants, products and catering service. Moreover, Instock wants to create awareness around food waste and inspire people about the possibilities to prevent it from happening. Today, they are also connecting surplus and imperfect food to other restaurants and caterers. Instock will be delivering "rescued fruit and vegetables" at DGTL to create a new destination for these unsold products.


We came, we danced, we left. This year, we have decided to give something back to the local community of the NDSM-Wharf. Three students of the master’s program MADE together with designer Paul Timmer, will design a circular and modular object that will serve as festival lightening during the Easter weekend and will be reshaped to serve an urban function after the end of the festival.



At DGTL 2019, you will be able to use composting toilets by KAKIS. Composting toilets use the natural processes of decomposition and evaporation – which basically means that they are recycling human waste. Did you know that 90% of what enters the toilets is in fact water? The composting toilets evaporates this and carries it back to the atmosphere through a vent system while the small amount of remaining solid material is converted to useful fertilizing soil.


Besides composting toilets, more innovations will test its grounds during DGTL. As previous year, we are teaming up with Innofest to give three innovators the chance to test their cases at the festival: Litti, Peukenzee, Calix, and Mobiele Stroom.

The entrepreneurs of Mobiele Stroom generate off-grid energy from biogas. But heat is also released during that process. During DGTL Festival they test whether they can use this heat to heat rooms and circulate air. This allows the festival to reduce a significant amount of CO2 emissions.

Calix tests a 3D printed cup holder for festival visitors, making it easier to keep hardcups with them. By doing so, the entrepreneurs hope to accelerate the transition to sustainable hardcups.

The entrepreneurs behind both Peukenzee and the Litti come up with a solution to the problem of the roaming cigarette butt on and around festival grounds. The Litti is an ashtray and lighter in one, developed by students from NHL University of Applied Sciences. Peukenzee developed a cigarette pack holder that also serves as an ashtray. Where the Litti is ready for a larger public test, the development of Peukenzee is still at a much earlier stage and will test on a smaller scale whether their prototype solves the cigarette problem.


It doesn’t stop there. For the first time ever, we will be hosting artists in Amsterdam’s circular hotel Jakarta. The hotel has an energy neutral building, making this one of the most sustainable hotels in The Netherland. As for transportation, all artists will be transported in electric vehicles to and from the festival grounds.


A general belief is that waste is a problem. However, we want to flip the narrative to “resources as a solution”. Instead of hiding our waste collection areas, we will re-introduce the “Recourse Street” from last year. The street consists of a recycle hub that separates all visitors waste so new recourses can be picked up for future use.


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