LET IT ROLL AND APPROACH TO THE ENVIRONMENT
From our homes, through the Beatworx office to the festival! We are aware that what we do can hurt the environment in some ways. That is why we want our steps to be as small an environmental burden as possible, and we participate in ecological procedures that make sense and return the environment. We need to maintain this balance.
OUR PROJECT ROLLIN’ GREEN
We covered our ecological and environmental initiative with the Rollin’ Green project. We mainly deal with how to protect the environment as much as possible before, during, and after the festival and thus reduce our ecological footprint. Some of the activities we do as part of the project are invisible to you – our fans – to maximize your festival experience. That’s why at the festival you will find our Rollin’ Green Point, where you can come and find out about our project and how you can contribute to its success. It is also important for us to educate you in this area, so you have the opportunity to participate in our workshops, which we organize at Rollin’ Green Point.
IN WHICH AREAS ARE WE TRYING TO HELP?
- Waste elimination and sorting
- Carbon footprint reduction
- Reduction of water consumption
- Recycling, reusing, upcycling
The first area we deal with in the project is waste elimination and sorting. As a festival city, we create up to 80 tons of waste in 3 days. With each new year of the festival, thanks to your active cooperation, we can reduce this number and at the same time sort even better.
- At the festivals’ “green points”, besides popular paper and plastic, we also sort aluminum, bio waste, and gastro waste.
- We use washable cups in all stands, thus reducing the volume of disposable plastics.
- You won’t find plastic or any other straws at the festival. We can party without them and thus save more waste.
- The food is available on biodegradable palm leaf dishes and the cutlery is made from renewable materials, specifically wood, which can be composted after use. Thanks to that we save other disposable plastics.
- Our stallholders sort used oil and gastro-waste into special containers, thus ensuring efficient disposal and preventing contamination of sorted waste.
- In the food zones, there are containers for gastro-waste, into which we sort dishes made of palm leaves, including cutlery and napkins
WHERE DOES THE WAST FROM THE FESTIVAL GO?
- Aluminum scrap (eg Red Bull cans) travels to the automotive industry, where it is processed and used in the body or rim of a wheel
- Biowaste incl. plates of palm leaves travel to composting plants and biogas plants. Composting plants process the waste and use it to fertilize other crops, and biogas produces biogas that is used to produce heat or energy.
- The separated waste (plastic, glass, paper) travels to specialized processing companies where they process the waste correctly and then offer its recycled material for further use.
- Used oil from stallholders is collected in special containers and then handed over to a specialist company, which uses it to produce methyl ester (added to diesel as biofuel). Other uses are in the cosmetics industry, rubber industry, and of course in the chemical industry.
- Some used festival PVC banners are used to produce upcycled merchandise, which can be purchased at our e-shop https://shop.beatworx.cz/produkt/kapsa-na-doklady-eko/
- Tents and sleeping bags, which are in usable condition and handed over to the info stand at the festival, are donated to the Salvation Army social facility.
CARBON FOOTPRINT REDUCTION
The carbon footprint calculates the number of greenhouse gases that are released into the air during a certain human activity. Specifically connected with the festival, it is, for example, driving a car, flying a plane, or other activity in which energy is consumed (production of goods). A high carbon footprint harms climate change, which is why we strive to keep it as low as possible.
- We provide a shuttle bus, which you can use for transport to the festival
- At the festival, you will find a bicycle rental that you can use for transport in the area
- When buying plane tickets, we contribute to the so-called offset compensation*
* Offset compensation negates the same amount of greenhouse gas emissions that we emit into the atmosphere. The offset will be created either by financing the planting of greenery or by supporting renewable energy sources (solariums, windmills, biomass).
REDUCTION OF WATER CONSUMPTION
Drinking water must be imported to the festival (sometimes from Prague) in tanks because there is not enough of it at the venue. We are therefore trying to save drinking water at the festival and thus reduce the ecological footprint that we create by importing. However, complications can occur along the way that can delay water supply. So the more water we all save together at the festival, the more of it we will have.
- Gradually, we place taps with a timer on the festival, which automatically turns off the water
- Places with ordinary, manual taps are guarded by a volunteer. By stopping water responsibly yourself when not in use, you help us save water. Interesting fact – by switching off the water while brushing your teeth, you will save 560 liters of water per week
Proper sorting also includes the proper disposal of separated waste. The best solution is to use the thing several times, ie recycle it so that it doesn’t serve only once (eg a paper bag). When this is not possible with something, it is time for “upcycling” which is improving the existing thing for another, even for a different purpose.
- Some materials used to build the stage (PVC banners) are recycled and used to produce eco merchandise, so you can buy a piece of the festival (
- (sunglasses case, bottle case or crossbody wallet).
- Part of the PET bottles sorted at the festival is used to produce a chill-out zone
- We collect and donate tents and sleeping bags left at the festival to people in need
- In 2018, plastic was sorted at the festival, which, thanks in part to the CYRKL platform, became PET filament for 3D printing (= material processed after PET recycling and intended for second use). From this, the Kaleidoscope statue was created, which became the winning design of the competition of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. At the International Engineering Fair in Brno, this sculpture was auctioned for CZK 160,000.
Introduction of reusable cups
Introduction of recycling containers also known as GREEN POINTS
Introduction of compostable dishes
Plates from palm leaves and cutlery from wood
upcycled merchandise cooperation with ČZU, Faculty of Environment
Cancellation of using single plastic straws at the festival
chill out zone from PET bottles (upcycled from the waste from last year) win in a competition with the sculpture Caleidoscope made out of PET bottles from the 2018 festival
obtaining a grant from TAČR for a project: Environmental behavioral research of the behavior of participants in music festivals (together with ČZU and UK)
Research of the behavior of participants in music festivals (together with ČZU and UK)
starting cooperation with Dewii – ambassador of the Rollin’ Green
Sorting line directly at the festival site
Our numbers in tonnes
|Bio & gastro waste||0,72||1,345||1,26|
- Implement an on-site sorting line and thus move our waste sorting initiative even further. All waste would be sorted at the festival.
- Festival without disposable plastics – ie without straws, plastic bottles, disposable cups, dishes, and cutlery.
- Reduce fossil fuel consumption and carbon footprint through car sharing, public transport, or eco taxis.
- Be part of an offset compensation project.
- Process all bio and gastro waste for further use at the festival.
- Reduce water consumption. Install timers and aerators at all festival locations.
- Educate visitors to higher environmental responsibility through workshops and discussions.
- 2.28 tons of sorted plastic saved 0.9 km of natural resources
- 3 trees were saved by separating 740 kg of paper as 1 ton of separated paper saves up to 2 tons of wood
- 700 kg of PET was sorted, which can be reused for the production of up to 500 gymsacks
WASHABLE REUSABLE PLASTIC CUPS
- By using washable cups, if we assume the use of at at least 5 events, we will save about 7.5 tons of plastic waste
- However, the need to transport cups for washing and storage has a negative impact on the festival’s carbon footprint
- Based on calculations, transportation is responsible for 77% of the festival’s carbon footprint, with only artists traveling a total of about 568,000 km
- About 19% of the festival’s carbon footprint is due to waste
- Fuel consumption for generators has minimal effect
- The best solution is to travel by shuttle bus or bicycle (0% emissions)
- One flight around Europe will produce almost 4 times more greenhouse gases than taking a bus
HOW CAN YOU HELP AT THE FESTIVAL?
- Recycle correctly – when you’re recycling correctly, the waste goes where it needs to. If it isn’t, the waste might damage the rest of the waste and therefore end in mixed waste
- Save water – close the taps after using them and don’t waste water. Shower only for as long as it’s needed.
- Bring the tents and sleeping bags that you don’t need anymore to the info stand. We will give them to Salvation Army so they can still use them.
HOW TO BE MORE RESPONSIBLE?
- Don’t buy the stuff you don’t need
- Use reusable cup/bottle
- When grocery shopping, bring your bag
- Be sure to close the taps to not waste water
- Use public transportation
- Give the things you don’t need to other people or swap them with someone
- Avoid packaging made out of more than one material
- Shop local groceries that don’t travel across the world