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Discarded clothes: a new lease on life

re:newcell, a Swedish company, has developed and patented textile recycling technology. “Our process converts cellulose fibers from cotton and trees (rayon) into a pulp to produce new. The technology is unique and is based the pulp industry methods,” says Gunnar Henriksson, professor of wood chemistry and co-owner of re:newcell.

A packaging recycling landmark

Single-serve coffee systems are convenient and simple to use. Their main drawback is the packaging waste they leave behind, composed of a mix of materials. But recycling is possible. Thanks to a recycling programme created by TASSIMO and TerraCycle, 50 tonnes of waste or 3 million pods and packages have been diverted from incineration.

Asphalt with added value

Steel slag used to be a residue with little value. But used as aggregate in asphalt, crushed steel slag provides more stable and quieter roads that require less re-laying. NCC Roads has signed a contract with Ovako to purchase the entire steel slag production in Smedjebacken for ten years - an example of industrial symbiosis with environmental benefits.

The Smart Grid and the Super Grid

In the environmental debate, green sources of energy and energy conservation measures are oft-discussed topics. But between those endpoints, there are environmental benefits to be reaped as well. The future electrical grid will offer more flexibility, reduce transmission losses, and enable bidirectional energy flows and distributed generation.

Asphalt with added value

Steel slag used to be a residue with little value. But used as aggregate in asphalt, crushed steel slag provides more stable and quieter roads that require less re-laying. NCC Roads has signed a contract with Ovako to purchase the entire steel slag production in Smedjebacken for ten years – an example of industrial symbiosis with environmental benefits.

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Natural protection against water pollutants

Peat from Northern Sweden is a natural filter material which efficiently absorbs oil, heavy metals and other pollutants from water. Axon miljöteknik (Axon Environment Technique) develops peat based filter solutions for applications such as boat washing facilities and fuel filling stations. The used peat can be combusted as a fuel.

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Organic frames in focus

Three billion units every year – that is the volume of the market for glasses. Interest in the environmental aspects of the trade is rising, and the pioneering company EoE Glasses is launching a new eco collection. The frames are both recyclable and biodegradable.

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A packaging recycling landmark

Single-serve coffee systems are convenient and simple to use. Their main drawback is the packaging waste they leave behind, composed of a mix of materials. But recycling is possible. Thanks to a recycling programme created by TASSIMO and TerraCycle, 50 tonnes of waste or 3 million pods and packages have been diverted from incineration.

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Environmental rubber for the world market

While rubber is in high demand – not least in the automotive industry – 14 million tonnes of tires are discarded annually. AnVa Polytech is the first company in the world to recycle carbon black from discarded rubber and turn it into new components. Their environmental rubber saves 60 percent of the carbon emissions.

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The Swedish project Advantage Environment provides information about existing and future products designed to reduce environmental impacts.

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