In light of last night’s editorial on sustainability at music festivals, we wanted to show you something that a festival is doing to greatly reduce their footprint and bring you loads of fun at the same time.

“From piss to pilsner” is a new initiative being launched at Roskilde – northern Europe’s largest music festival – in Zealand, Denmark, this week. Organisers hope to collect 25,000 litres of urine from more than 100,000 festivalgoers.

Roskilde is one of the oldest festivals in the world still running today, starting in 1971. In its history, it has brought hundreds of premiere musical acts from around the world to its stunning locale. And now, it’s putting a large focus on the old “reduce, reuse, recycle” mantra that so many of us had drilled into our heads as kids.

If you can imagine, over 100,000 people urinating over three days at a music festival accounts for a lot of waste. It takes time and money to deal with that waste properly. But perhaps if you use it in new ways, it could save both.

Roskilde is planning to use festival goers’ urine as fertilizer for their own barley, and next year, you might be drinking a pilsner you “made yourself.”

Roskilde continues to take their environmentally friendly approach further this year by including “a car-sharing campaign for festival goers, the sale of organic beers, spirits and mixers, and recycled plastic cups.”


For more details, read the original story at The Guardian.
Image via S. Camelot