Have you ever thought about how much electricity you consume when you go night clubbing? Think about it: blinding lights, deafening music, AC, water, one-time use materials…
Well, now you can rejoice, because some people have been thinking forward and have come up with ways for us to party without feeling guilty :)
In the last few months, several “green” clubs have opened up around the world: the Watt in Rotterdam, the Surya in London, the Temple in San Francisco, the Greenhouse in New York… How are they green? In different ways, they try to minimize their electricity and water consumption, reduce waste, use recycled materials, and so on.
At the Watt in Rotterdam, the cups are recyclable, the restrooms run on rainwater, the bar minimizes waste, and more interestingly from a technological standpoint, the dance floor uses the piezo-electric effect to transform the dancers’ energy into electricity that can be used for the lighting and audio systems (see video).
The owners of the Watt say they can reduce the energy consumption and CO2 emissions by 30%, and the water consumption and waste generation by 50% in comparison with a normal night club.
Other features in the different clubs include LED-lighting, high-efficiency heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, use of recycled materials, waterless urinals (what’s that?), low-flow sinks, serving organic juices and cocktails…
This may sound like a lot of PR/advertising, but if you are planning on going out in Rotterdam, London, NYC, or San Francisco, give it a try!