Tale Est Deserta

There is no such thing as waste.

Sustainability Camp

Circular Values, Collective Effort, Global Impact

Beauty (and value) are in the eye of the beholder. We collect “waste” from The Burning Man Festival that we use to make art, educate, generate funds and design products to make sustainable ethical global impact worldwide.

Waste We Work With

Bikes

Bike Share

Poop

Algea/Biogas Systems

Housing

Mycoyurts

Wood

Artcylcing

Playa Projects

One of the most challening thing about holding an event of this size is poop. There is a lot of it. It stinks. Most people are disgusted by it. And as far as stereotypes go, poop is the quintessential “waste.”

However, as you already know; Tale est Deserta. In todays’s age of technological innovation we are working on upgrading and combining old and new systems to create waste management solutions that make human waste carbon positive. Stay tuned for the launch of our new system and come by camp and take a poop to help us test our design!

Got a bike hanging around after the burn? Our camp serves as a collection point and our crew of bike scavengers have coraled over 2000 bikes that have been utlizized to make global impact.

We know that bikes are one of the biggest challenges for folks coming to the event from afar. It takes a lot of resources to maintain, store, repair and distribute bikes. And their are major sustainability questions that need to be addressed with a ciruclar intervention. 

Off playa are piloting a free bike program. trying a collective bike share models. We not only support the Burning Man Org’s decision to ban rental bikes from being distributed, but we are the only camp that argued for the removal of bike rentals from playa. Last burn, as The Soup Kitchen,  we were invited to a bike camp summit composed of PBR, Hammer and Cyclry and managers of Operations, OSS, Government Relations and Placement to determine new models and decide the fate of pre-event bike rentals being distributed on playa.  

With all the debate and changes about bike distribution  (which is awesom Instead of paying for rentals we are asking participants to dedicate atleast four hours of their time to make a positive impact on playa, document their stories, either at our camp during the event or from home in whatever creative medium our members prefer.

For the past two burns our camp 

We collect pallets of lumber at the end of each event. We post up next the the burn gardens and jack as many pieces of wood, some less palatable, we can artcycle, upcycle, compost, recycle, you name it.

Are you an artist who wants to make art from reclaimed burn wood? We can help you collect your materials the year before. Want to join our Lumber jack crew at the Burn Gardens as we grab the stuff headed for incineration?  

This year part of our crew of mushroom fanatics are working on a prototype mycelium hexayurt to replace those petroleum based products littering the playa. Based in Nepal this group of engineers and innovators have a mycelium insulation panel company that provides green alternatives to ecologically destructive building materials. 

Designed at The Cyrcle, in Kathmandu, Nepal, a sustainable collective our camp helped launch and fund 2 years ago. The Mycoyurt will be composed of mycellium insulation panels. 

Global Efforts

We help establish sustainability labs internationally and work specifically in the least developed countries to ensure that radical inclusion is realized. We helped fund and launch The Cyrcle an international design collective founded in Kathmandu Nepal. This local collective also helps sustainabile ideas thrive. We help fund and plan this collectively owned well-being collective. 

Got a bike hanging around after the burn? Our camp serves as a collection point and our crew of bike scavengers have coraled over 2000 bikes that have been utlizized to make global impact.

We know that bikes are one of the biggest challenges for folks coming to the event from afar. It takes a lot of resources to maintain, store, repair and distribute bikes. And their are major sustainability questions that need to be addressed with a ciruclar intervention. 

Off playa we are trying a collective bike share model. Instead of paying for rentals we are asking participants to dedicate atleast four hours of their time to make a positive impact on playa, document their stories, either at our camp during the event or from home in whatever creative medium our members prefer.

We are primarily concerned with providing the skills, opportunties and resources necessary to achieve our dreams. At The Cyrcle we have been providing design training, business training and incubation, english classes and manufacturing support for developing sustainable manufacturers.
As creators, we have all had our fair share of struggles finding funding to get our projects off the ground, to have our dreams take the the air. We profide funding to sustainable art projects, solutions for circular economies, holistic economic development and more.

How We Help

About Us:

We are an international camp of activitists, scavengers, humanitarians, artiststs and makers who know how to burn. Bound together by our passions for sustainable, collective ethical change we aim to suppport the burn, our local communities and the planet find a thriving holistic equillibrium.

On playa our camp is dedicated to helping with cleanup efforts post event. By helping find purpose for was previously valued as trash. We have a couple of trucks and trailers we use to move bikes, lumber and a and collec post event.Our camp shares skills, opportunties and resources wherever we can.

Off playa most our camp works on some kind of sustainable art, project, community, startup or product design intended to make a social, environmental or economic impact all over the world. Our camp shares skills, opportunties and resources wherever we can.

Contact Us!

Want to join camp or help with our sustainable efforts internationally? Reach out and let us know how we can connect. Much love,

The Sustainability Camp Crew