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Alessandro Marchiaro
Co-founder
Circolution
Posted Mar 19, 2021

Hi all,
Looking for good examples or case studies of reusable food packaging solutions. I am working on a related project, and I'm looking to exchange insights.

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Peter Schelstraete
Co-Founder & CEO
Ubuntoo
Replied Mar 20, 2021

Hi Alessandro Marchiaro ,

We are also working on a dedicated greenhouse for Reusable Packaging, so that will include a full review of solutions, news, knowledge articles etc. So stay tuned.

Peter

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Tom Wigmore

Posted Mar 10, 2021

Where's the best place to find solutions to biodiversity loss? And do you think there will be an industry in tackling it soon?

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Peter Schelstraete
Co-Founder & CEO
Ubuntoo
Replied Mar 18, 2021

Hi Tom Wigmore . Have you seen this report? https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/957292/Dasgupta_Review_-_Abridged_Version.pdf..

Unfortunately it does not focus too much on specific solutions, but it gives a very strong perspective nevertheless.

Peter

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Kevin Boller

Posted Feb 19, 2021

I'm looking for a sustainable packaging solution that is also affordable, for packaging dining tables.  There are a ton of very innovative companies making packaging with organic products, like for example...

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Kaiwei Wang
LCA practitioner
ENSCM
Replied Mar 03, 2021

Hi Kevin, 

There might have been some misconception of the use of the plastics in different sector and the definition of "sustainability" is also very different: what is perceived as sustainable (for consumers) vs. what actually has low environmental impacts. Here's an open platform for you to evaluate the current environmental impact of your current/future packaging solution (https://tool.open-spice.com/), don't hesitate to play around it! 

Some of the best practices in eco-designing packaging solutions are going for lightweighting and using (recycled) material with existing sophisticated recycling stream to make sure that even if they're not reused, they can be recycled.

And I think the first steps and some low hanging fruits for you might be just in improving your current solution using these practices, talk with your packaging suppliers to see if there's anyway possible to leverage the above mentioning techniques. and also i'm just thinking out loud here, but maybe brainstorm about what additional functionality you can bring to your packaging (if you go for a particle board, can that be upcycled to other components of your table, or even small stools ^^', a great way to bring value to your products, differentiate your brand in a more sustainable way.)

Going back to the idea of reusable packs. There's certainly some logistic challenges, but I think it's also more about finding the right supplier and logistic partner that can help you collect the packaging from with their national or even international presence). Also, check out https://loopstore.com/ to get some inspiration or why not some potential collaboration opportunities? And apparently, it only takes 5 reuse cycles for a packaging of consumer goods to have less impact compared to a single use one, even if you take into account the logistics! 

Of course, the 2 approaches certainly can go hand in hand! 

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Eugene Britz

Posted Feb 14, 2021

Hi, 

Im looking for solutions on 3D printers that I can print houses for affordable houses in Africa. Nett zero carbon or close or any ideas. There is a demand but the price needs to be competitive. Any...

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Isabelle Verron
Head of Research & Content
Ubuntoo
Replied Feb 19, 2021

Hi Eugene,

Not sure you have heard about these companies:

  • Be More 3D: From Spain but technology has been used in Africa
  • 14 Trees: a joint venture between Swiss-based building material manufacturer, LafargeHolcim, and the UK’s development finance institution, CDC Group.
  • Icon (US based but have worked with non-profit New Story to provide shelter in Mexico)
  • Apis Cor (designed by Russian engineer Nikita Chen-yun-tai)
  • Wasp (Italian based. Might be higher price wise) 
  • Not sure if this company could be interesting for your project: Winsun 3D Builders
  • This organization thinking huts created a school pilot. 
  • Cobod. Europe based

This news article features a list (including some companies mentioned above) of 13 house construction 3D printers.

There are also companies working on building affordable homes with recycled materials. Let us know if you would like to know more.

Best regards,
Isabelle


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Beth Birchfield

Posted Feb 06, 2021

Hey All! Looking for compostable alternatives to plastic produce tags (such as the ones you find around asparagus) that can withstand hydrocooling. (Sustainable produce packaging solutions in general are welcome!)...

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Venkatesh Kini
Co-Founder
Ubuntoo LLC
Replied Feb 15, 2021

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Johann Breytenbach
Director
Cluster 5
Posted Feb 05, 2021

Water hyacinth is a major problem invasive plant.  Are there any examples of where the plant is used successfully in a circular economy or high impact project?

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Ryan Hunt
Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Algix
Replied Feb 17, 2021

Hello, yes we have made thermoplastic composites using the protein fraction and fiber cellulose as reinforcing agents. Our company ALGIX uses algae and macrophytes, such as water hyacinth, to displace oil and plastic in consumer products.  You can check out our website at www.bloomtreadwell.com 


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