Sustainability at Lentekabinet
In the upcoming years, we aim to become a larger part of the transition towards a more inclusive, creative, and greener world. After all, festivals can be breeding grounds for alternative ways of doing or thinking that can later benefit society at large. Our focus is not solely on reducing our carbon footprint through changes in transportation and material usage; we also strive to engage our network and attendees within the changes we hope to achieve.
Het Twiske is a beautfiul and unique location, and we're committed to preserving its stunning natural beauty. For the past years, we've worked with various independent eco-advisory firms to ensure that Lentekabinet never compromises the local flora and fauna, especially during the breeding season. In 2020, we had the privilege of planting several Pyrus Calleryana Chanticleer pear trees in the vicinity of the festival grounds —an exquisite tree that boasts striking white blossoms in spring, incredibly appealing to the local bees! And speaking of animals: Lentekabinet has been a fully vegetarian festival since the beginning.
Resources: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
A circular approach undoubtedly forms a crucial part of the festival of the future. In 2022, we started a trajectory to improve our resource plan. The objective: transforming more waste into resources and minimizing our ecological footprint. Previously, we had already taken steps in this direction: we seperate waste, provide free portable ashtrays, and operate a recycling system for our plastic cups. The coming years will demand a serious commitment from our team to investigate and close the loops – plastics, wood, metal, paper, decorations, packaging materials, food, and beverages. When it comes to energy, we've solely used 100% sustainable biofuel since 2016, and currently, we're exploring the possibilities of a fixed electricity network in het Twiske.
For years, the vast majority of our attendees have been biking to the festival; in 2019, only 10% came by car. Yet, even in terms of mobility, we see room for improvement. The most significant gains initially come from reducing and offsetting flights: we encourage artists and attendees from abroad to consider traveling by train. For some, flying remains the most viable option – in these cases, we stimulate CO2 offsetting. Since 2019, we've been offsetting all flights for artists and crew in a credible and structured manner, and our attendees have the option to offset their flights through our ticket shop. The proceeds will be used to support projects via Atmosfair that promote global energy transition.