Our green efforts
We realised that when you put on an ultimate tournament, there's more to think about than just great fields and some good DJs. Step by step we try to do our best to become greener. And we need your help, because we're in this thing (the world that is) together.
Carbon Counter€2350,- Already 47 teams helped
with our green mission june 20, 2012
Compensating Carbon FootprintWindmill Windup 2012 will be the first tournament to offset the carbon footprint of all the player's travelling to Amsterdam. Either the players themselves or we as the organisers will cover the cost to compensate the CO2 emissions of their journeys.
Did you know that the players travel over 1.2 million kilometers to visit the Windmill? This number is a clear sign that the carbon footprint of our sport is higher than most sports because of the extensive travelling. Windmill Windup 2012 offset:
- 1.200 players
- 1,2 million Kilometers
- 293.67 tons of CO2
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- 100% offset of carbon footprint
To compensate these kilometers by train, plane or car we've teamed up with CO2Logic to invest in sustainability projects.
These Gold Standard projects don't just compensate the CO2 but also help create jobs,
sustainable energy solutions and a better environment for the less prosperous people in this world.
True to our name we invested in a Golstandard windmill project in Turkey. With this program we try to create more awareness amongst players of the effect our sport has on the environment and hopefully that awareness will transfer into action. If you have any questions about this program, shoot us an e-mail.
The Carbon Footprint compensation will be 50 euro's per team.We've carefully calculated the carbon footprint caused by all the traveling of all the players and teams. It will cost an average of €50,- per team to offset the travelling carbon footprint. Some teams travel by plane from Russia and others come by bike, but we all play against each other, party together and share the same planet. You can pay the €50,- as a team or otherwise we, as organizers, will cover the €50,- for your team.
- Team Fee : €190
- Carbon Footprint : €50
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- Total Team Fee : €240
Wining & Dining
Our beer and wine are served in recyclable plastic cups. But when you order your first beer, you pay € 1,- extra that you will get back if you hand in your cup after you've enjoyed the beverage. This way we've substantially reduced the amount of (plastic) cups and waste over the past years.
We provide bio degradable cutlery and tableware. Though the greenest solution is to bring your own tableware. Please help us out here in our journey of becoming greener and bring your own cutlery, plate and cup.
All of the fruit and vegetables are ordered fresh from our vendor who only sources organically grown produce.
In 2010 we started with waste diversion and we'll continue to do so this year. Take a look at the different containers and dispose your garbage with a scoober in the right bin:
- Green: Glass, easy peasy
- Yellow: Plastic, also plastic bottles
- Blue: Paper, even if it is a bit dirty
- Brown: Organic, bananas, veggies,
- Black: The rest, junk that's stuck to other junk
It's the small things
Some of our other efforts to become a more sustainable tournament: no-water pissoirs, organic fruit, recycled toilet paper and printing on 100% recycled paper.
We're in this process together. If you see anything at your visit to Windmill Windup that could be greener, please send us a message. Or just talk to our Green Manager who will be flagging and tagging improvements on sustainability during the tournament as well.
Our partners efforts
When selecting our partners we try to look for both quality and sustainability. This is what our current partners do to become more sustainable.
The Windmill Windup is very happy to announce that Bavaria is the first brewery worldwide to implement the ISO 26000 standard which is considered as the benchmark for sustainable practices worldwide.
Bavaria is resolute in its commitment to environmentally sustainable brewing. Bavaria ranks in the top 3% of the world's most energy efficient breweries. Read more on Bavaria's approach to Corporate Social Responsibility here.
One big difference is that 5 Ultimate doesn't simply "import from China". They manufacture their products themselves and oversee every step of the supply chain in person on the ground in China. From a small factory, owned and operated by a couple and their son and daughter and where the wages and working conditions of the 40 employees are well above standard, they ship their apparel slowly by boat (because it's greener that shipping by a fast plane).
Their Seattle office runs on 100% wind energy and 10% of the bottom line goes back into developing the sport. They've teamed up with Ultimate Peace to build a little piece every day. Windmill Windup will offset the shipping carbon footprint of the Windmill merchandise sold at the tournament.
We try everything to decrease our printing, but the stuff that's need to be printed is done by Ecodrukkers. Their company is 100% climate neutral and through innovations they try to make printing more sustainable.
They use renewable energy, no chemicals and organic ink that's made from vegetable oil. Of course everything Windmill is printed on 100% recycled paper (FSC).