Environmental strategy

Tartu 2024, in cooperation with Acento, created an environmental strategy which aims to place the environmental activities of the European Capital of Culture into the wider global and European context and to identify the most important environmental aspects in Estonia based on the example of Tartu and Southern Estonia.  

Arts of Survival Documentaries environmental friendly actions:

  • In Estonia tap water is drinkable. If possible, use your own reusable bottle and fill it with tap water;
  • Choose food made from local produce and consume local products, so you too can discover something new;
  • If possible, use public transport, ride-share or use economical cars (electric or biofuel based);
  • If possible, avoid single use tableware or packaging, use reusable packing when buying and storing food (bring your own reusable food container to the shop);
  • Turn off the lights after yourself;
  • Sort your waste: mixed household waste, bio-waste and recyclables. In Estonia most bottles have monetary value, meaning they can be taken to a collection point and  you will get back the money spent on the bottles. If possible, leave the bottles out of the rest of the waste for easy collection.
  • Hazardous waste – batteries can be taken to the collection box in stores and medication to the pharmacy.
  • Replace paper materials with electronic alternatives. If printing is necessary, use recycled paper or other sustainable materials. If possible, use environmentally friendly ink.


  1. When choosing the location of the event, we would prefer locations easily accessible with public transport and by bike. We always inform the participants on how to get to the event by public transport and where they can park their vehicles.
  2. The parking areas near the venue must be paved to prevent any damage to the surrounding landscape.
  3. We sort waste: waste collection from visitors depends on the nature of the event, expected minimal separation – mixed household waste, bio waste, bottles, and packaging (if any is produced during the event).
  4. The management of location of the event is obliged to recycle the waste by type by handing it over to the waste handler. For smaller events, the organizer may take the sorted waste to the waste collection centre themselves.
  5. Clean tap water is available free of charge to the organizers and participants of the event. If possible, place water supply near food areas.
  6. Try to avoid serving bottled water (or other bottled drinks), instead offer the option to refill reusable bottles. Allow participants to bring their own reusable bottles and tableware.
  7. The caterer is not allowed to offer nor use disposable straws, stirring sticks or cocktail decorations.
  8. We ensure that any leftover food is used: donated or taken-away by organizers or customers, preferably in reusable containers. We do not throw away food that is safe to eat.
  9. If possible, always choose reusable tableware over disposable.
  10. At our events we offer only 100% plant-based foods, we prefer caterers who offer meals made of seasonal and organic produce. In addition, we prefer fair trade coffee, tea, sugar, other produce, and drinks.