A while ago I blogged about Viridi, a clever bunch that is developing a way to salvage grape sugar, tartaric acid and antioxidants from wine waste.
By Angela Skujins South Australia has embraced the circular economy with a state-wide ban of single-use plastics, a commitment to renewable energy and a roster of reputable companies driving reuse. Although the United Nations reports that less than 10 per cent of all the world’s plastic is recycled, South Australia diverts more than 80 per cent…
In 1992, Mark Yates founded Replas, which makes outdoor products including bollards, decking and furniture, and recycles up to 4,000 tonnes of plastic a year. Yates tells Brent Balinski what to make of the current discussion we’re having around recycling, and about a recent project making handplanes out of reclaimed marine litter.
Plastic Forests takes in contaminated plastic films, has capacity to produce 5,000 tonnes of new products from these per year, and currently has a lot of headroom. David Hodge tells Brent Balinski about what could be done to encourage demand.
Stephen Webster’s company has been developing composite railway sleepers from recycled plastic since 2014. He tells Brent Balinski that the development path hasn’t been easy, and that cooperation among companies and government will be essential if circular economy initiatives are going to flourish.
Brent Balinski spoke to Chris Larkin, CEO and co-founder at PolyLab, about the startup’s origins in humanitarian work and its plans to close the loop for rapid prototyping. 3D printing for prototyping can be expensive and wasteful, with a large amount of unused support material and the prototypes themselves binned after they’ve outlived their…
Manufacturer/retailer Dresden is preparing to open its 14th outlet. Another approaching milestone – one tonne of plastic recycled – is further validation of its unconventional approach to eyewear. Brent Balinski speaks to Elmar Kert, the company’s Head of Global Operations.
One possible remedy to a world drowning in plastic has been under development since 2005. Brent Balinski speaks to Licella.
This week @AuManufacturing will feature a collection of Aussie innovators who are giving plastic a second life. But first, some context on the issue and why it matters. By Brent Balinski.
In a first for Victoria, 200 recycled plastic sleepers have been installed for use by the state’s regional V/Line trains.