Aircarbon PHB

AirCarbon is a naturally occurring energy storage material made by microorganisms found in the ocean. Newlight Technologies produces this biomaterial at scale and uses it to make reusable, plastic-free, regenerative foodware, for example drinking straws and cutlery.

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Lia

Lia is a flushable and biodegradable at-home pregnancy test. It is 99% accurate and it is made of natural plant fibers. It contains no plastic, glass fibers or nitrocellulose.

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Strimbox

Strimbox is a food container for catering activities made of a new eco-plastic material that can be reused up to 100 times and recycled up to 9 times. It that does not contain endocrine disruptors, that are normally used and are dangerous for our health and rarely recycled. The containers are integrated with a smart chip which provides information about traceability, certification compliance and localization at each step of the supply chain.

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SoluBlue

A hyper-biodegradable packaging made of seaweed. Tackling both plastic pollution and food waste, SoluBlue developed a plastic-free alternative to traditional food packaging that also extends fresh food life by more than 50%. It can be safely discarded in the food waste streams and it adds value to the waste chain, by enriching the compost thanks to the material it is made from.

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ComposTerra

ComposTerra is a team of students and recent graduates from Maastricht University and the University of Technology in Eindhoven. They have won the first edition of the Young Plastic Pollution Challenge with their plan to investigate which organic waste is suitable for producing fully compostable products like cups, bowls, plates, and packaging materials. Their plan is to sell these products to companies in Maastricht that participate in the collection of the required organic material.

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Sylvicta

Sylvicta is a food-contact paper with high barrier properties, used for sustainable packaging applications across the food and cosmetic industries. It is created by taking virgin wood pulp fibers to a microscale and it is a plastic-free alternative to traditional wrapping. It is recyclable and repulpable, certified for both home and industrial composting and biodegradable.

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Car tyre Microplastics collector

Tyre wear is a microplastic pollutant and accounts for up to 50% of air particulate emissions (PM) from road transport. Tyres wear out from friction every time we brake, accelerate or turn a corner.
The Tyre Collective developed a device that captures particles as they tear off the tire. It is positioned close to where the tyre meets the road, capturing the pollutants at the source. These fragments are reused, where possible, in new tyre walls or other applications.

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Pinovo Paintblasting

During ‘open’ sandblasting of painted metal, enormous quantities of microplastics are created that end up in the environment, and in the case of the offshore, directly in the marine environment. Pinovo has developed an ingenious closed system that sucks up these microscopic paint particles during the blasting process.

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Gum-Wall

The Gum-Wall is an efficient way to dispose of chewing gum without disturbing others. Due to the colourful appearance and funny pictures on the “printing paper” on the Gum-Wall, chewers are stimulated to stick their chewed gum on the Gum-Wall.

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Gumbuddy

Gumbuddy is a company trying to reduce chewing gum and cigarette waste. They do so by placing Gumbuddies, a sort of trashcan developed especially for gum and cigarettes. It’s their aim to recycle gum and give it a new life.

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