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We are scientists against plastic who are aiming to bring innovation and knowledge of bioplastics and zero-waste technologies to society and business.

Projects

REMEDIES (coordinator – Uroš Novak)

The REMEDIES project (HORIZON-MISS-2021-OCEAN-03-01) is built around the three main pillars of monitoring plastic litter, its collection and valorisation and, of course, the prevention of the distribution of non-degradable plastics. We will do so by strongly building on former projects addressing these topics and by connecting to previously identified major initiatives active in this area. For us, the most promising aspect is the activation and necessary participation of citizens affected by plastic pollution directly on the shorelines. We will guide them to becoming plastic entrepreneurs with a deeply rooted knowledge base and the right tools to start their own businesses through the valorisation of collected plastic litter and the provision of zero-waste solutions to all actors. We plan to employ 4 breakthrough innovations per pillar (monitoring, collection, prevention) that are neatly interwoven, building upon each other to create an even better whole. We will test these solutions in 8 demonstration sites in 8 Mediterranean countries and after validation, scale them up in 33 more sites with the potential to be launched across the whole Mediterranean. In parallel we will run two open calls to third parties to attract more solutions for implementation following our same methodology. All-in-all, we plan to map out 170 km2 for plastic litter, reach circa 100,000 citizens, collect around 400 tons of plastic waste, and build up plastic prevention pathways through scaling and replication for an equivalent of 3,700 tons of plastic.
WE are happy to lead the 23 partners consortium of EU Missions call, which are a new way to bring concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges. They have ambitious goals and will deliver concrete results by 2030. They will deliver impact by putting research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as by engaging citizens.
EU Missions are a novelty of the Horizon Europe research and innovation programme for the years 2021-2027.
Projected start 15.12. 2022
Duration 4 years
Total budget 9.1mio€

BioApp (Coordinator – Uroš Novak)

Connecting research ideas to develop advanced biopolymers, smart biomass materials that could be linked to reducing the use of disposable plastics.

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Cel.Cycle

The strategic direction of the program is the advanced use of biomass as a renewable raw material source for the development of new materials and bio-based products. For these purposes, an integrated value chain has been established for the cascading use of biomass.

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RURALITIES

RURALITIES (HORIZON-CL6-2021-COMMUNITIES-01-02) implements a whole ecosystem-based, knowledge-based a social sciences and humanities overarching methodology to deliver a multi-points expertise and learning framework supported by a network of RURNex actors and facilities which enable the effective capacity building of rural communities towards ensuring the sustainable, balanced and inclusive development of simplified socio-ecological systems (SIMSES), and simultaneously contribute to raise rural communities’ awareness on the variety of source-points driving climate change challenges and the related pathways to overcome or mitigate them. RURALITIES generate and implement a network of rural expertise and training centres’ organised in hubs, knowledge alliance driven by a series of current concept encompassing smart-villages, eco-villages to name but these two, supported by a community of practice, a digital collaborative platform, a citizen-led network of living labs and a citizen science sensing monitoring framework.

ESTELLA (WP-leaders)

The main objective of the ESTELLA project (HORIZON-CL4-2021-RESILIENCE-01-11) is to increase the sustainability of thermosetting epoxy composites by acting on the whole value chain of the materials, starting from the design stage through the introduction of covalent adaptable network bonds in bio-based matrices and fibres. Ultimately this will enable their recycling, while redefining all manufacturing and recycling processes involved, ensuring the maximal recovery rate of its components, and strengthening the environmental and economical dimensions of thermosetting composites value chain.

Startups

myWater Technologies

We are increasingly aware that plastic waste is a problem, and the use of disposable plastic, such as water bottles, is becoming increasingly unacceptable.
The digital refill water station delivers healthy hydration while implementing a circular economy. The water drop-shaped filling window encourages the user to fill an empty bottle with local water, emphasizes the importance of hydration in public places, and at the same time reduces the negative impact of plastic on the environment. Moreover, with the IoT-enabled real-time data it provides a digital public service and is smart-city ready.
The mission of the myWater team is to create easy-to-use public water infrastructure and work in such a way that materials, convenience, and sustainable living coexist. The vision is to bring sustainable and clean water to everyone, everywhere.

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EVEGREEN d.o.o.

Slovenian start-up company, which enables to transform of the existing, traditional business models into new, innovative, green solutions. More than 13 years of experience in the plastic supply chain and 7 years of experience in bioplastic give EVEGREEN an excellent insight into how to support customers in the sustainability journey.

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VIVRE

The idea of Vivre is to build a self-sustaining and fair ecosystem to restart the fashion industry by offering biocompatible and recyclable plant-based biomaterials alternatives, active clothing and fashion accessories. Vivre is bringing the change in fashion with its ecological, ethical, and psychological benefits with which it empowers young women to take the lead in fashion and change it for the better.

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123zero

123zero represents a new generation of personal care products created with zero plastic waste and zero product waste. Join the responsible community and decrease the usage of single use packaging. Use hair and body marbles that are nourishing without leaving a trace in the environment.

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