Sustainability: no plastic packaging at NN North Sea Jazz
Since the 2019 edition, the festival no longer uses fossil fuel-based plastic for cups and other food disposables, such as plates, boxes, containers, cutlery and straws.
Biodegradable materials and rPET are used. The drinking cups are recycled and the other biobased disposables are processed separately.
The cups for NN North Sea Jazz are already made of bio-based PLA since many years. This is a renewable material, made of corn or sugar beet. The cup looks and feels like a traditional plastic festival cup, but because it is made of bio matter, its CO2 footprint is much smaller. The cups can be collected, separate from the other waste material, after which they will be recycled.
However, the festival is switching from PLA to rPET, 2022 is a transition year in which there will be a mix of raw materials. rPET is recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which is a material made from previously used PET plastic. Originating from used and collected (soft) drink bottles. These end up at companies that sort the bottles by material and then pass them through a strictly monitored sorting, grinding and washing process. After melting this clean recycled plastic, new material is created: rPET. rPET is considered one of the most environmentally friendly packaging materials on the market.
The organizers of the NN North Sea Jazz Festival, MOJO Concerts has signed the Plastic Pact NL, initiated by the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works. More information.