Material Flow & Sustainability

Let’s talk about Trash, baby!

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to make festivals more environmental friendly? Fields full of crunched plastic cups, bins full of plastic foodplates, and dozens of tents that get left behind at the campsite. Is it possible to do that differently? Yes, it is!

In CoCreation with our Trashqueen Samantha Feelix from FeelixActs, The Living Village Festival has created it’s own wasteplan and even dedicated a whole neighbourhood to it! This “On-Site Material Flow” is a vital part of our Living Village and everybody will encounter it somehow. We think that our waste should stay in the circle of the festival by means of using it to create stuff! We don’t see trash as waste but as re-usable materials.

Everybody is responsible for their own waste, so keep eachother alert, help where it’s needed and Respect Your Planet!

> Collect & Recycle

During the festival you will find containers where you can leave your trash in seperated bins. Our volunteers will hold ongoing acts and performances while collecting the waste from everywhere. After that the waste will be brought to our Material Flow Neighbourhood, where it can be immediately re-used in building projects or in creative workshops like making Trash Trays of Tetra Packs or couches from plastic bottles: so on-spot recycling it is!

> Re-use & Create

The Material Flow is open during the entire festival and accesible to everyone. Do you feel inspired? Come play and build with waste! For those who can’t wait: save some juice packs, at the entrance of the festival there are on spot workshops on how to build your own festival ashtray =D

> Bring your own dishes

Our Bars have only deposit glasses, and here’s another thing: We ask all of you to bring your own plates, cups and cutlery. We don’t offer plastic wasteplates at our foodtrucks. There are washing streets at all catering spots where you can wash your stuff and leave it in a cupboard. This means your cups n plates will circulate in the Village!

Don’t worry, some foodtrucks will provide bamboo or paperplates, we have extra cutlery sets in case you forget, and there will also be experiments in the Material Flow Neighbourhood in making plates from leaves.

> Our waste plan

So, what are we going to do with the different sorts of waste?

  • Paper: can be collected and brought to local green/garden projects
  • Cans: can be brought to the local ironshop, or be re-used as on the spot building material
  • Plastic: can be used on the spot for a 3-d project, or to the town’s trashcollect.
  • Rests: have to be put in a pressing container. But if we do this all well: we’ll only need 1 container for the entire build-up and festival itself!
  • Glass is forbidden at the entire site
  • And last but not least: The entire festival has compost toilets! We will compost all our fecies and greenwaste and use the compost to fertilize gardens and foodforests!

> Give - Away

At the end of the festival we will collect all materials and hold a big give-away shop during build down!