Rotterdam pioneer hub of sustainability
Bring yourself, Thibaud & Lisa will do the sameThibaud and Lisa are both 28 years old. He is an Event Coordinator and she is Event & Sales Manager at BlueCity in Rotterdam.
Our current linear economy just isn’t working. We’re running out of raw materials and the soil is being exhausted. The solutions lie in creating a closed-loop system. In BlueCity, more than 40 entrepreneurs are working day in and day out on circular economy. The BlueCity Lab is now located in the former changing rooms of the swimming pool in Rotterdam, where our 'bioneers', pioneers in bio-design, develop new products and circular methods. We also host and organize all kinds of programs and events.
Everyone here has the same goal, to make the world a little better.
It is great to witness the passion of the entrepreneurs. Everyone here has the same goal – to make the world a little better. Rotterzwam grows oyster mushrooms on coffee grounds and coffee husks, residual products that are normally thrown away. Fruitleather converts discarded fruit into leather-like material, which can be used to make items such as purses. BlueBlocks develops plate material for construction using brown algae from the North Sea. Kusala Gifts makes soap that is free of palm oil and plastics, but with residual ingredients such as olive oil, coffee, and brewer's grains. We could go on and on. There are so many different areas of expertise and sectors and a lot of cross-pollination happening between them.
Events, workshops and Expeditie BlueCity
The public events are the best ways to get to know us. For example, we organize the clothing swap market Changez together with The Swapshop, and in various Let's Fix It workshops we teach Rotterdam residents how to repair items instead of throwing their stuff away and buying new things. We do this with clothes, plants, bicycles, you name it. We also organize Expeditie BlueCity, a dive into the world of BlueCity. You get a tour of the former subtropical swimming pool, take a look at the BlueCity Lab - the first circular biolab in the world, and you meet a circular entrepreneur. Check the agenda on the website. There’s a good chance you will leave with your own ideas about how to contribute to a sustainable world.
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