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Many companies have adopted a proactive approach to the environment, with the aim of utilizing natural resources more efficiently and reducing the environmental impact of production processes, transportation and products. From green chemistry to nanotechnology, any number of fields present opportunities for dramatic environmental improvements.

Spruce fibre biocomposites substitute plastics

The Swedish-Finnish paper and pulp company Stora Enso has launched Europe's largest biocomposite production facility at the Hylte mill. The DuraSense product is a raw material with up to 80 percent less environmental impact than traditional plastics, where polymers or biopolymers combine with wooden fibre.

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Textile biogas reactors

Twenty-five years ago, textile company FOV Fabrics filed a patent for a unique silicone coated fabric for car airbags. Thin, low-weight and softer than alternatives, it reduced the risk of scratches and burns from the airbag inflation. Back then, the fabric was unmatched. Airbags are now standard equipment in vehicles, and the once ground-breaking innovation has been exposed to...

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Energy innovation recovers the lost heat

Climeon's modular system converts low temperature waste heat and geothermal heat to electricity, addressing an unexplored market. Ultimately, the company aims to replace fossil fuel based electricity production entirely.

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Suit up sustainably in recycled polyester

Tailor Konfektion is a clothing company that makes use of recycled plastics. The polyester, retrieved from PET bottles, saves 60 percent of the energy and 30 percent of the emissions compared to virgin material - with 6 percent of the water use.

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Plastics take their place in the circular economy

When plastics are recycled chemically instead of mechanically, the material becomes truly circular. A unique concept for a plastics recycling refinery has been developed in Stenungsund. With the proper investments, it might be a new Swedish export solution in the making.

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Vast potential for organic solar cells

Epishine's organic solar cells are based on carbon, not silicon. The thin-film cells can be printed like newspapers - and may end up being the cheapest method to produce electricity, ever.

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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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