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No Excuse For Single Use! Reusables At Events Presented by Paardekooper

ADE Green - Tijl Couzij (ITGWO), Camille Guitteau (Co-Founder & Director, Bye Bye Plastic), Alan Cambell (Technical Director, The LCA Research)

Moderator: Frank Kimenai

Environmental damage from plastics entails worldwide pollution, from the poles to the deep oceans and our human body. The pollution of waterways leads to animal deaths, and microplastics end up in our food chain. Especially single-use plastic is increasingly becoming a global environmental threat. But change is coming now…. We must change our approach: from ‘Take, Make, and Waste’ to a circular system where products and materials are designed for reuse with minimal value loss or environmental damage.

In this program, event organisers and artists will learn everything about plastic policies from the EU, using reusable food tableware at festivals and how to use the power of music to say goodbye to single-use plastics.

Plastic Policies

Waste is a human design flaw that does not exist in nature. Switching from products to systems will lead us toward circularity – but system change calls for a new strategic approach. The European Commission is working on the Single Use Plastics directive to make reusable solutions a new norm. During this panel, a policy maker will share important insights on strategic approaches – and the implications for festivals and events in the years ahead.

Reuse is essential in a circular economy

As an expert on the environmental impact of packaging, Dr. Alan Campbell (The LCA Centre) will illustrate why reusable alternatives are essential in a circular transition – based on scientific research.

Tijl Couzij (Into The Great Wide Open) has been taking the lead in reusable alternatives for years. He initiated a pilot on reusables in collaboration with Paardekooper and the Green Deal Circular Festivals. A reusable system for food was piloted this summer at DGTL festival, Castlefest and Into The Great Wide Open. Tijl will share his lessons learned to make it easier for other organisations to switch to reusables.

How to use the power of music and say goodbye to plastics.

While working on new initiatives for reusable alternatives, we will have to wave goodbye to single-use plastics in the event industry. Bye Bye Plastic is a disruptive foundation working to remove single-use plastics from the industry. Using the power of music, they aim to create a positive ripple effect on society. Camille Guitteau is the co-founder of the foundation; she will share how their uncompromising approach contributes to a single-use-plastic-free industry through a movement started off by the global artist community.



This program is part of ADE Green. For the full ADE Green program, please check here.

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