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XLRecicling: recovery solution for your plastic films

XL recycling offers a high value-added recovery solution for your plastic films: implementation of balers, attractive valorization and recycling in Europe with reintegration in premium packaging. XL Recycling is now a European recycler certified according to EuCertPlast standards.     This certification body, funded by the European Commission, sets high standards for quality, traceability and environmental impact for plastics recyclers to determine better recycling practices.   Our solutions As an expert in polyethylene film recycling, XL Recycling provides solutions to optimize its recovery, from your production lines, to its transformation in our plants.   Your waste circuit in the XL Recycling loop   Our approach   Sorting at source Sorting waste directly on the production site is at...

KROWN.BIO: Products made of mycelium and agricultural waste

Mycelium is the network of mushroom roots. This Mycelium acts as a natural glue that can bind a biomass together. The magic process We 3D print our reusable moulds with a renewable biopolymer, and we can shred and reprint them over and over again in-house. These moulds are filled with local agricultural waste, a little water and mycelium that binds it all together. We only have to wait for the structure to grow and gain its strength, which takes around a week. Once it’s full-grown and dried, it turns into a structural, stable and renewable product. And: at the end of it’s useful life our products can be used...

GARÇON WINES

Wine Packaging for a Sustainable 21st Century World Traditional round, glass wine bottles have remained relatively unchanged for the past two centuries. These bottles are fragile, heavy and spatially inefficient; they are no longer fit for purpose in a world that’s facing a climate crisis. One Californian study shows that 51% of a bottle of wine’s carbon footprint results from packaging and transport.1 Garçon Wines’ solution is eco, flat wine bottles that are made of 100% pre-existing PET plastic, not single-use plastic, creating a demand for plastic that’s already in circulation, helping to mitigate against it ending up as waste in landfill or litter in our...

THE FLADGATE PARTNERSHIP – Treatment of Phytosanitary Effluents in the Douro Vineyard

In 2011, we started the treatment of phytosanitary effluents produced on the farms owned by The Fladgate Partnership and chose for this purpose the Heliosec method proposed by Syngenta. At that time, we were pioneers in Portugal in using this treatment for this type of effluent. The Heliosec station treatment was unknown to us and was a little heard of innovation in Europe. In choosing the station, we were captivated by the simplicity and efficiency of Syngenta’s proposal which is presented in: https://www.syngenta.pt/heliosec In summary, it is a tank lined with a plastic screen capable of receiving the phytosanitary effluents produced in the washing of spraying equipment...

LIVING PLANIT – Real-time water quality monitoring in the Douro River

Water is one of the most important elements for the existence of life. The importance of water for the sustainability of our planet has resulted in it becoming a core focus in many countries, mainly with the goal of finding solutions to improve access to water and ensuring its quality. It is reported that only 3% of the world’s existing water supply is fit for consumption by humans and animals (United Nations – 2016). However, this water is not only for drinking, it has to support many other essential activities such as agriculture, industries and cleaning. Preservation of natural resources is increasingly discussed by...

EPONA – Striving for Sustainability

The project: Evaluate, and implement and measure the benefits of a solar power system for the Epona Winery in Woodland, WA, USA, towards the goal of reaching renewable energy independence. Motivation: Although electricity prices in this area are low, due to the primary source of generation being hydropower, we wanted to make the property fully energy-independent, using a renewable energy source. Wind is too mild here for wind power, and we do not have enough moving water on the property for hydropower. So, we focused on solar panels. Activities: We researched the competing solar panel installers/providers and chose Green Light Solar for its clear advantage in satisfied customers....

SAMSYS – Solar Panels

Electricity is a basic need for our work at Samsys, but we are conscious of the impact of excessive energy consumption on the environment. Indeed, energy is the main contributor to the production of greenhouse gases, followed by devastating deforestation. Conscious of this impact, we began to consider investing in renewable energies, such as solar panels that generate heat and electricity for self-consumption, that would bring long-term financial advantages. In this way, we are helping to protect a cleaner environment without releasing into the atmosphere noxious gases such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and mercury. After concluding that solar panels do not pollute the atmosphere and that...

ENVIRONMENTAL WAVES – Wastewater Treatment with a Nature-based solution

The Waves Floating System can be applied in the retrofit of conventional Constructed Wetlands, avoiding the costs associated with the removal, transport and deposition of the contaminated substrate. In a retrofit the Waves Floating System also manages to improve the treatment parameters, increasing the life time of Constructed Wetland and definitively eliminate the clogging problem....

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