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Sustainable Oosterhout Week: biobased traffic signs with a bee hotel and more fun

08 | 10 | 2023

From 7 to 14 October is Sustainable Oosterhout Week, with theme: Circularity - Make your circle complete. Last Saturday 7 October was therefore open day at Rodenburg Biopolymers, during the "RECYCLE" bicycle tour. Thijs Rodenburg, Ruud Schrama and colleagues welcomed visitors and explained how Rodenburg makes a valuable contribution to the circular economy.

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Several inspiring locations in Oosterhout (Moya, Martens Groep, Rodenburg, Milieustraat) opened their doors to tell more about their challenges, process in sustainability and vision of sustainability several times a day on 7 October. This was the perfect opportunity to gain insight into the world of circularity in the neighbourhood. Participants discovered how these locations contribute to a more sustainable future. This open day was especially for residents, entrepreneurs and students of Oosterhout.

Together, we learn and grow in our pursuit of a more sustainable society.


Biobased traffic signs

One of the projects that drew attention, were the biobased traffic signs, with a bee hotel on the back.

The concept of integrating a bee hotel on the back of biobased traffic signs is an innovative and eco-friendly approach to supporting pollinator populations, such as bees, while maximizing the use of urban infrastructure. “By incorporating a bee hotel on the back of biobased traffic signs, we create additional nesting opportunities for solitary bees. Solitary bees are essential pollinators that often struggle to find suitable nesting sites in urban environments. The purpose of the bee hotel is to provide these bees with a safe and convenient place to lay their eggs and raise their young”, sais Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of Rodenburg Biopolymers.

The biobased traffic signs, which serve their primary function of guiding and informing road users, are constructed using sustainable and renewable materials. These materials, such as plant-based composites, offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to traditional signs made from non-renewable resources.

Sustainability Week program

Monday Milieustraat (1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.) – Kick-off chain route “RECYCLE”
Tuesday  Theater de Bussel (8:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.) – Entrepreneurial event Future Talks + presentation of Groene Pluim 2023 with Helga van Leur
Wednesday Frencken College (from 10:00 a.m.) – Sandwich Poep with documentary Holy Shit   MEK (1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Sustainable afternoon / Theater De Bussel (3 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.) – Oosterhout Innovation Award
Thursday Location still unknown (11.30 a.m.) Textile Race prize presentation / Theater de Bussel (3 p.m. – 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – Car that eats CO2
Friday Toy Museum (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Toy exchange fair
Saturday Theater de Bussel (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) – Exhibition Circulair / Theek5 (1 p.m. – 4 p.m.) – Children’s afternoon / Basiliekplein (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Sustainable indoor and outdoor market.