SUSTAINABILITY

SUSTAINABILITY IS A FUNDAMENTAL VALUE IN OWN SPIRIT FESTIVAL. WE BELIEVE THAT INTEGRATION WITH NATURE IS INDISPENSABLE TO FULFILL THE CATHARTIC AND CONSCIOUS EXPERIENCE THAT THE FESTIVAL PROPOSES. THAT IS WHY WE ARE COMMITTED TO RESPECT AND CARE FOR THE ENVIRONMENT IN ALL PHASES OF THE FESTIVAL.

MISSION

ACT TO TRANSFORM

OUR COMMITMENT TO SUSTAINABILITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CARE

From Own Spirit Festival we are fully aware of the possible impact of the event on the environment. That is why we adopt and adapt our actions to be able to repeat the experience for many years and in a sustained and sustainable way over time. We not only want to be an engine of change on our own project, but our mission is to be an example of a sustainable event that inspires other projects to replicate this experience.

Our policy in relation to the environment is to leave no trace, and is based on the reduction of the ecological footprint. In the 2018 edition we carried out a sustainable action plan calculating all the carbon emissions generated: the result was 6.48 t of CO2.

In order to reduce and even compensate for these emissions, four types of actions are carried out:

– Sustainable use of resources

– Sustainable waste management

– Environmental awareness and responsibility

– Plantation of enough native trees to compensate for the CO2

AT PREVIOUS EDITIONS, A SERIE OF MEASURES HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT IN THIS REGARD, WHICH WE SUMMARIZE BELOW:

Waste management system based on recycling

Construction of ecological toilets that allow creating compost

Material reuse and use of compostables

Team of volunteers to raise awareness and inform about sustainability measures

Use of non-polluting natural environment materials

Creation of infrastructure with bioconstruction techniques

Promotion of ecological cleaning and hygiene products

Consumption of zero kilometer food products and local production

MORE SPECIFICALLY, IN THIS LATEST EDITION OF 2019 IT IS WORTH MENTIONING, IN ADDITION TO WHAT HAD BEEN DONE IN PREVIOUS EDITIONS, THE FOLLOWING POINTS:

ALL THE BATHROOMS IMPLEMENTED, INCLUDING SOME ADAPTED FOR PEOPLE WITH FUNCTIONAL DIVERSITY AND CHILDREN, HAVE BEEN ECOLOGICAL: WITHOUT THE USE OF CHEMICALS OR WATER, BEING THE FIRST FESTIVAL IN SPAIN (SECOND IN EUROPE) THAT HAS LAUNCHED IT.

A SYSTEM OF SOLAR PANELS IN OPERATION MONTHS BEFORE THE CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL HAS BEEN USED TO PROVIDE ESPECIALLY PRE-PRODUCTION AND POST-PRODUCTION TASKS.

A SPECIAL EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE, BEYOND WHAT IS LEGALLY ESTABLISHED BY THE ADMINISTRATION, TO COLLECT AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ORGANIC FRACTION. IT HAD A VERY POSITIVE EVALUATION OF LOW LEVEL OF IMPROPRIETY, TO THE SELECTIVE COLLECTION OF PACKAGING, PAPER-CARDBOARD AND GLASS.

RECYCLABLE AND REUSABLE ORGANIC MATERIALS HAVE CONTINUED TO BE USED IN ALL THE STRUCTURE BUILDING ELEMENTS OF THE FESTIVAL.

THE POLICY OF FAVORING THE INVOLVEMENT OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL PRODUCERS AND SUPPLIERS, AND OF FOOD SERVICE WITH VEGAN OPTIONS, HAS BEEN MAINTAINED.

THE COLLECTIVE TRANSPORT SYSTEM (BUSES AND “CAR SHARING”) HAS BEEN IMPROVED AND OPTIMIZED.

THE LINE OF ACTIVITIES, WORKSHOPS AND HEALTH AWARENESS HAS BEEN REINFORCED (HOLISTIC ZONE).

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THERE HAS BEEN A TOTAL ABSENCE OF PERSONAL OR GROUP INCIDENTS AMONG ATTENDEES.

THE NEW CHALLENGES FOR THE OWN SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2020 EDITION ARE:

Lowering the price of collective transport to promote the most sustainable option of access to the festival

Plantation of 30 olive trees throughout the festival to improve the offer of shadows and creation of green areas

Construction of enough dry toilets to supply the entire festival with bioconstruction techniques

Increase and improvement of green areas to offset CO2

THE HOLISTIC LOOK OF SUSTAINABILITY

CARING FOR PEOPLE AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH THE ENVIRONMENT
TAKING A STEP FURTHER, WE WANT TO INCLUDE CARING FOR PEOPLE AS AN INDISPENSABLE PART OF THE CONCEPT OF SUSTAINABILITY: HENCE THE RAISON D’ÊTRE OF THE FESTIVAL, A PLACE WHERE WE CAN TAKE CARE OF OURSELVES AND OF EACHOTHER AS A TRIBE, THROUGH DANCING, WORKSHOPS AND ACTIVITIES, SPACES FOR FAMILIES AND BEING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE.
FROM THE FESTIVAL WE OFFER SERVICES ORIENTED PRECISELY TO MAKE PEOPLE FEEL TAKEN CARE OF. WE ALSO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE SPECIAL NEEDS THAT ANYONE WHO WANTS TO COME TO ENJOY THE EVENT MAY HAVE, WE ARE OPEN TO LISTEN TO THEIR NEEDS.
IN ADDITION, WE ARE AWARE THAT PART OF TAKING CARE OF THE ENVIRONMENT, IS TAKING CARE OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NEIGHBORING POPULATIONS. MAINTAIN A FLUID COMMUNICATION AND REVERSE IN THE LOCAL ECONOMY, ARE PART OF OUR COMMITMENT.


SENSITIZE TO EXPAND


SUSTAINABILITY IS EVERYONE'S BUSINESS

The educational dimension regarding to how we take care of the environment and the people, is another of the elements that we consider important and which must have a response from the organization.

We are committed to involve all festival participants: public, organization, workers, artists and volunteers.

It is through publications on Social Networks and the web before the festival, and with posters, activities, workshops and training during the event, that we send messages on how to act responsibly to become a sustainable festival. Our intention is that those who participate in Own Spirit Festival, return home more aware of the impact we have on the environment and the planet.

 

 We understand that sustainability is achieved by being conscient of our consum, being respectful towards nature and having coperative and caring relationships. Every day we grow more in this sense and both the public and the organization are key to becoming a sustainable festival.

 

PROJECTS

Own Spirit Land: a sustainable landscaping project

El proyecto Own Spirit Land tiene como visión y misión un proyecto a largo plazo que va más allá de la duración del festival.

El terreno donde tiene lugar Own Spirit Festival es un antiguo campo de cultivo abandonado, por lo que ha sufrido las consecuencias negativas de la agricultura intensiva, como es la degradación de la tierra. En la actualidad se trata de un terreno deforestado rodeado por un entorno natural excepcional que necesita ser nutrido, cuidado y mejorado a partir de una buena planificación de paisajismo sostenible.

La naturaleza nos muestra el camino para seguir mejorando y generando nuevas sinergias que nos permitan construir nuestro hogar. El mismo entorno nos ofrece los materiales para realizar, poco a poco, las estructuras básicas necesarias para organizar distintas iniciativas, brindando la oportunidad de aplicar distintos métodos de bioconstrucción y permacultura.

Nos comprometemos con la necesidad de respetar y cuidar el entorno privilegiado en el que, desde 2018, tiene lugar Own Spirit Festival. Para ello preparamos un plan paisajístico y de sostenibilidad.

Uno de nuestros objetivos para este año 2020 es aplicar distintas técnicas de bioconstrucción y permacultura para el abastecimiento de baños secos de todo el festival, y la mejora del sistema de compostaje a partir de resíduos orgánicos.

También buscamos a través de la creatividad sumada a estas técnicas, que se manifiesten obras de land-art y jardines, dando forma a áreas de descanso, recreo e intercambios sociales. Concretamente, se plantarán 30 olivos de forma estratégica, para la obtención de sombras a medio plazo en las zonas que se consideren prioritarias, y se potenciará la creación de zonas verdes y huertos orgánicos en vari

Con esta fórmula queremos fomentar nuestro plan de paisajismo y sostenibilidad y nos encantaría agrandar nuestra familia Landmark Own Spirit. Por ello, ofrecemos nuestro espacio físico a proyectos relacionados con el paisajismo sostenible, la permacultura y la bioconstrucción, de quienes tengan interés en contribuir a nuestro proyecto, o busquen un espacio para desarrollar el suyo propio.

Podéis contactar con nosotros para enviar vuestras dudas o propuestas a: [email protected]

Premios

En las 2 últimas ediciones, 2018 y 2019, la organización de Own Spirit ha recibido el reconocimiento a sus esfuerzos continuados de mejora por el cuidado del medio ambiente y por la sostenibilidad mediante el premio internacional A Greener Festival.

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