26 July 2019
The international Rototom Sunsplash festival of Benicàssim stamps ‘plastic free’ on its 2019 edition, with which it takes another firm step in its commitment to the environment. For this the 26th edition there will be no plastic either at the concert venue or at the campsite. Water bottles of this material are completely removed, both in the bars and in the vending machines: about 230,000 units that add to the 15,000 soft drinks, replaced by recyclable barrels connected to taps or by cans in the camping. As an alternative for the public, the festival expands the water re-fill booths, at an affordable price, to 13, and extends the osmosis system to all bars. In total, the public will have more than 50 points to fill their reusable cup or canteen (in collaboration with Ecozona Iberian).
The green footprint with the new measures implemented in this edition, marked by the theme Stand up for Earth, in addition to the festival’s previous ones, translates into a fact: avoids the dumping of almost 11,000 Kg of plastic, the equivalent of filling 12 Olympic pools. A volume that will save the emission into the atmosphere of almost 16,500 Kg of CO2, by-products of the manufacture of single-use plastic bottles and glasses, according to a study by the Journal of Cleaner Production prepared by the UN.
“We do not want a planet drowned in plastic, which our ecosystem is unable to digest; and that is why we have expanded the number of actions and initiatives to declare the Rototom Sunsplash a plastic free festival”, they point out from the organization of the musical macro-event, which will be held in Benicàssim from August 16 to 22. Actions guided by the triple ‘R’: reduce, reuse and recycle. With the elimination of plastic bottles, the festival complies with the first one: reducing the volume of waste of this material, which also contributes to the use of corn-starch straws instead of the traditional plastic and bio-compostable utensils in the catering areas.
The ‘R’ of reuse is covered by the reusable cup system that Rototom Sunsplash implements once again this year – thus preventing the manufacture of 350,000 single-use units – which maintains its social purpose: the euro of all cups deposited in the festival’s cup donation containers will go to the NGO Greenpeace.
The festival also stands firm before the challenge of the ‘R’ for recycle, thanks to the installation of more than 500 containers in the venue and campsite to reinforce the selective collection of waste, a gesture that will free the planet of 27 tonnes of CO2. In addition to the usual containers there will be a further 40 points of collection of cigarette butts that will be installed for the first time this year.
Barter points in the campsite and campaign against food waste
All of these measures outline the ‘greensplash’ philosophy that guides the trajectory of the Rototom Sunsplash and that this year has added new features, such as the installation in the campsite of four bartering points to reduce the volume of waste. The campsite will also install time switches and flow reducers on all taps and showers to save 30% of water consumption and the grey water recycling system of showers and sinks will be improved.
The Rototom Sunsplash also implements a system to reduce food waste. Each establishment of the festival’s restaurant areas may donate at the end of the edition their surplus of non-perishable products to the food bank, this petition is also extended to the festival’s public in the campsite. Everything collected will be distributed free of charge to NGOs that serve people in need in the province.
Rototom Store, launchs the merchandise of the festival with a special nod to the planet, reinforces its commitment to ethical and organic cotton garments produced under a carbon footprint reduction program and the use of water inks. In addition, unisex textile items gain weight, to unify closets and sexes, and that allow people to share everything.
The planting of more than 500 trees in the campsite, the use of low energy consumption technology, the commitment to sustainable transport and zero kilometre products in their establishments close the circle of greensplash.
Transversal awareness actions in cultural areas
The festival also immerses itself with transversal actions in its different cultural areas to raise awareness and react to the impact of plastic on the planet, but also to another of the current environmental battles: climate change. Pachamama’s agenda is a palpable example. In this space, various topics related to the active defence of Mother Earth will be addressed, such as how to reduce the ecological impact on a day-to-day basis or better know the types of plastics, how they affect the organism and how to reuse them. The visit to the Social Forum of Sonia Guajajara, a guardian of the Amazon and one of the most prominent figures in the environmental leadership of Brazil; and of representatives of the student movement Fridays for Future are other clear examples. Furthermore there are the workshops of the Artesano Market where you can learn to create useful objects with recycled materials, and the proposals to raise awareness among children and their families of the need to take care of the planet that are present the Magicomundo area.