Have you ever looked at your trash bin and been amazed at the amount of plastic waste which your family produces weekly? If we really strive for the circular economy, we have to urgently deal with the issue of plastic waste. What happens to the majority of plastics we produce daily? In most cases, it gets incinerated, producing an enormous carbon footprint or even worse, ends up in the oceans, harming the marine ecosystem.
This is the second edition of the list with the Dutch companies which are tired of the plastic pollution and who fight it in their own way. Meet and greet the 5 following heroes.
1) Upp! Upcycling Plastic supports companies, communities and governments in becoming plastic-waste-free. They consult companies on how to make durable and 100% recyclable products from the plastic waste they produce. One of their projects in collaboration with start-ups in the GO!-NH Accelerator Program is making Schiphol Airport the first plastic-waste-free airport in the world. Sounds like an ambitious project!
2) WaterUp is an Amsterdam-based company which is fed up with single-use plastic water bottles. Why do people use them in the first place if the tap water in the Netherlands is high quality and free? The entrepreneurs’ mission is to create numerous tap water stations which serve to refill water and promote collaboration, community and awareness of the issue. WaterUp hopes that their stations will transform the way people drink and think about water.
3) Do you know what plastic soup is? It is large pieces of plastic floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean discovered by Captain Charles Moore in 1997. The mission of the Plastic Soup Foundation is quite simple: ‘No plastic waste in our water’. With several partners on board, since 2011 this company has been raising awareness and stimulating all innovative solutions which tackle the causes of plastic soup. Learn what you can do and how to help the foundation reach its goals.
4) A fresh new initiative by Lori Goff from Outlander Materials is handling single-use plastic for packaging purposes. Lori created ‘Bitables’ — a new compostable, high-in-fibre and edible packaging solution made by transforming the waste of beer production. Learn more here about this promising circular and calorie-free material and the possibilities it offers.
5) Re-use of materials for design purposes? Why not! The Verdraaid Goed Team has proved it possible in their multiple projects for NS, ABN AMRO, PostNL, Provincie Zuid-Holland and many others. They offer companies circular ideas on the use of their waste materials, for example, old timetables or plastic bags, converting them in something sustainable and meaningful. Check how they turn trash into treasure in a fun and creative way in this TedEx talk by Lisanne Addink below.
These are only 5 companies among many-many others which are working towards the same common goal — plastic-free future. Do you know any inspiring Dutch enterprise which handles the problem of plastic waste? Let us know and we will write about them!
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