4 inspiring design solutions to change the economy in 4 different countries below!
Current architectural designs don’t enable materials to be easily reused, only 20 to 30% of construction material is recycled!
What if the construction sector fully employed the principles of Circular Economy?
For this third edition of Solutions&Co, we have focused on circular economy, this new economic model breaks with the traditional pattern of linear production (produce, use, dispose), and redefines products and services to minimize both waste and other harmful outputs. The EcoDesign solutions is the integration of environmental criteria at the design phase of a product.
We’ve drawn up a list of 4 inspiring solutions responding to the climate, energy, environment issues, of among the 50 business solutions shared by 20 of the greatest international media from all over the world, reunited for the event. This is the case of the initiatives of Karün, Zhejiang Xinzhouand, AMsilk and Rotor.
* KARÜN: See the world with different eyes, for good!
Karün Shades is a company that makes handmade sunglasses 100 percent recycling in Chile, using the native wood of fallen trees and demolition woods as well as plastic from discarded fishing nets. They work with Mapuche women communities to assemble looms, natural dyed wool, salmon leather rescued from salmon waste and convert them into kits for the glasses.
* ZHEJIANG XINZHOUZ: Great benefits from the bamboo!
The Chinese company Zhejiang Xinzhou has developed a technique to create bamboo composite pipelines, using resin as adhesive. These pipelines have multiple advantages: high compression strength, electric and thermal insulation, anti-corrosion, low cost, and have multiple applications (irrigation, water supply, drainage, etc.)
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* AMsilk: The production of fibre inspired by spiders!
AMsilk is an award-winning company leading the world in the production of Biosteel fibres, a type of fibre inspired by spider silk. Using a cleantech process, AMsilk provides high-quality man made silk proteins for cosmetics and textiles. This material is 100% vegan, biodegradable and causes no harm to animals. High-profile clients include Adidas, who uses these Biosteel fibres to produce completely compostable high performance running shoes. In 2013 co-founder Prof. Dr. Thomas Scheibel received the DECHEMA award.
* ROTOR: A second life for buildings!
85 percent of the materials of a house destined for demolishment could be reused, however they are often considered as waste. Rotor is a collective of people interested in the material flows within the construction sector. They have developed Rotor DC, a range of services aiming at facilitating the reuse of building materials in large scale projects. Over 200 tons of building materials have been saved thanks to their services.
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