And this is all tied together with the wastewater system you mentioned earlier?
It’s different but it links into it. We’re launching the website in mid-March. We’ve got these incredible prototypes companies coming on board. The consumer-facing side of the company is basically an offset, “Pay XX dollars a month and your personal and/or company waste is offset”. Our intention and back end work job is building the infrastructure for waste-to-value technologies so that countries, communities and companies can have more of a circular process economy within their waste streams.
Nu Cycle won a grant from the Finnish government a while back at the start of lockdown and from there it has been pretty hectic to get it all sorted. We’ve got Asmo using some of our materials already. They don’t use any chemical resins in the making of their boards anymore, they use our Nu-Cycled waste-derived resins that are plant-based and non-toxic and just a waste stream from the agricultural refinery process. We can use it for anything, we can make beautiful floors, construction materials and it’s all non-toxic and plant-based rather than just chemicals.
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And it’s not just building materials, it’s also for creating energy out of waste. What we do is analyse big companies waste streams and convince them that they can profit from it. We can link you up with waste-to-value technologies, you can make money from your waste and then your product is more waste neutral and we’re potentially making a commodity out of your waste. People don’t understand that it’s a golden material, this shit can be useful, we can put it to use.
“There are hormones and anti-biotic in this water people are drinking”
It all starts with a waste analysis of the companies entire process. From transport to every single material and energy consumption that goes into the making of this product and figuring out what waste stream to tap into. We can tap into global companies, like massive textile companies, clothing companies, restaurants, hotels, energy companies, fabric dying companies… everything. It’s quite a process.
The wastewater systems we’re putting together in Brazil are low maintenance and slow and they work because they create greenery and shading and they filter the water in a very natural, organic way. We use this because it’s the least energy-consuming low-maintenance solution there is. Figuring out how this can be applied to treat the wastewater from a massive textile factory is where it starts getting interesting…
In Brazil, a lot of toilet pipes go straight back into the river, into their water. My project partner has done lots of research mission down waterfalls, measuring the water of beautiful rivers and such and there’s pharmaceutical shit in these waters. There are hormones and anti-biotic in this water people are drinking. And people don’t know it.
This is all very impressive Maria. Is there a website where we can find out more about these projects?
Sure, you can read more about it here “The 2019 Water Research Prize has been awarded to Recycle Build Brazil by Recycle Build”.
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