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August 10, 2022
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The 2022 Eco Guide, presented by RECYC-QUÉBEC

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As MUTEK Montreal returns, so do our ecological objectives. We continue learning about how to reduce the impact of our events, and hope to embark the audience on this transformation. With the support of our partner RECYC-QUÉBEC, the transformation is well underway. To go even further, we need your help. Contribute to the achievement of our objectives by adopting simple actions and learning more about our own.


What can the audience do?

► Use the waste sorting bins (recycling in green, final waste in black, compost in brown, cans in the deposit bins, use of ecocups). If you're not sure how to sort, our Green Team will be happy to help you!

► Encourage restaurant venues that prioritize local and vegetarian produce in re-usable containers. Some nearby options include Omma, Lola Rosa or Omnivore.

► Eat from your reusable containers: food is accepted at our outdoor stage.

► Get around by public transportation (bikes, bixi, bus, metro, carpooling if you're coming from further away). There is plenty of bike parking in front of the Saint-Laurent metro station.

Avoid printing your tickets if you can have them available on your smartphones.

► Bring your reusable water bottle. Water fountains and water points will be available at all Festival and Forum venues. No bottle? Ask for an ecocup at a festival bar!

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What does MUTEK do?

Waste reduction: We work with several partners to ensure a recycling and waste reduction system at all venues, thanks to our collaborator RECYC-QUÉBEC.

Zero plastic: Single-use plastic is banned from MUTEK managed venues. We give festival-goers on-site access to ecocups at various bars. In addition, our containers and cutlery are all compostable, recyclable or reusable.

Local food and drink: Enjoy our selection of locally crafted beverages. This year we are partnering with Dieu du Ciel beers, Club Local spirits, Le Seltzer soft drinks, and Zamalek. The Forum is catered by Petites-Mains and Nilufar, who respectively help social reintegration and favour vegan products. These two caterers use short food circuit products.

Reduction of printing: Our prints are FSC certified (certified sustainably managed forests), on recyclable paper. We reuse or revalue signage.

ACT Artist Room Certifications: For the second year in a row, our artist green rooms are certified eco-friendly by Artiste Citoyen en Tournée (ACT).

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Offset: A 1% eco-fee is contributed by MUTEK for each Festival and Forum ticket and pass. This amount is used by the organization Planetair, our partner since 2011, towards a reforestation project.

Event Life Cycle Project: MUTEK is part of the project led by the Réseau des femmes en environnement (Women in the Environment Network), the Conseil québécois des événements écoresponsables and AGECO on the analysis of the life cycle of events in Quebec. This project draws a concrete summary of our event's carbon imprint.

► Data collection:
To always better understand our impact, data collection is essential. We work with Écho-logique to account for residual materials and the recycling rate.

Merch: All entrusted to manufacturers who have an ethical and responsible charter. This year, we developed a merch collection designed, produced and printed entirely in Quebec in collaboration with emerging artists: t-shirts and a hoodie from the unionized Quebec manufacturer made from organic and recycled materials C'est Beau, as well as a tote-bag from the immigrant women's insertion enterprise Petites-Mains.

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Our local suppliers of beverages, food and merch:

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Sustainability in our programming:

Join our partners Artistes Citoyens en Tournée (ACT) for a bilingual workshop: Sustainable Toolkit for the Event Industry on Wednesday, August 24 at MUTEK Forum. This workshop will present case studies, statistics, tools and solutions for the cultural industry.

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Some numbers from last year...

- 63% of the waste collected was recycled, composted and diverted from landfill.
- 3600 cans were collected and returned
- 38% of GHG emissions were offset through public and festival donations to the PLANETAIR organization
- Zero single-use plastic available at MUTEK venues

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