Green Clubbing In The Netherlands

| Thu Sep. 4, 2008 9:56 PM EDT

That's right. A club where dancers generate power to light the floor, drinks come in recyclable cups and toilets flush with rain water. The club named WATT opened in Rotterdam today, reports Reuters. Clubbers tested out WATT's main showpiece, a dance floor where the disco lights become more dynamic as more people grooved around on it. It's done with a spring-loaded platform that compresses crystals to generate current through the piezo-electric effect, the same as push-button lighters and grills. In WATT, a meter shows how much power is being generated—generating even wilder revels.

There's a Sustainable Dance Club destined for London too.

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The architects behind WATT have even attempted to create a "pee experience." You get to watch rain water from the roof travel through transparent pipes when you flush. Minimal waste bars serve drinks in recyclable plastic cups, and drinks are stored in big tanks in the basement to save energy through a central cooling system. Food in WATT's cafe is mainly sourced locally and from organic producers. The developers are planning to introduce the dance floor to the U.S.

Special request: Install one next year in the Burning Man's Disco Duck. Rock the Duck.

Julia Whitty is Mother Jones' environmental correspondent, lecturer, and 2008 winner of the Kiriyama Prize and the John Burroughs Medal Award.

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