🇬🇧 Startup what3words provides a precise global address system… with just 3 words!

Founded in 2013 and already funded with USD 13.8m in 8 rounds, London-based startup What3Words is revolutionising coordination around the globe. What do I mean? Watch!

The fields of appliation are manifold but, most probably, the strongest impact will be felt by those in need …

… not neglecting the fun you could miss out not finding your friends.

In order to hear more about it please enjoy Chris Sheldrick’s (Co-Founder & CEO) TED Talk!

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🇬🇧 Bioplastic made from waste polyethylene

Researchers at the University of Wolverhampton have turned waste plastic into biodegradable resins for medical and consumer products. Post-consumer polyethylene was converted into a pliable wax substance for use in plastic-alloys, turning it into a high-value bioplastic.

Dr. Iza Radecka, Reader in Biotechnology at Wolverhampton’s Faculty of Science and Engineering, and her colleague Professor Marek Kowalczuk are further testing the plastics. Possible uses includ mulch for farming, a ‘scaffolding’ on which to grow human cells and for items such as pens or bags.

Radecka said: “Mountains of plastic waste, including carrier bags, packaging and medical plastic wastes are buried in landfill sites around the world each year. Unfortunately, plastics produced by the petrochemical industry are not biodegradable and therefore accumulate in the environment at a rate of more than 25 million tonnes per year. This continues to pose a growing challenge for authorities at both the local and national level.”

Waste Polyethylene (PE) is a potential carbon source that could be utilised to make value-added biopolymers, particularly as it is the most commonly produced plastic, making up over 29 per cent of worldwide plastic manufacture, while only 10 per cent of it is recycled.”

“Bacterial polymers such as Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) are a group of biocompatible, environmentally neutral, biodegradable plastics that can be produced by certain bacteria. The structure of the PHAs can be adapted for a wide range of medi­cal applications, especially implants, including heart valve tissue engineering, vascular tissue engineering, bone and cartilage tissue engineering, as well as nerve conduit tissue engineering.”

The University has joined the Centre of Polymer Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences in Poland; the Fraunhofer UMSICHT in Germany; the University of Bologna, Italy; the Department of Chemical Organic Technology and Petrochemistry at the Silesian University of Technology, Poland, and Recycling Technologies, in Swindon.

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🇬🇧 World’s first ‘standard’ for the circular economy launched in the UK

In the UK the BSI (business standards company) has launched a new standard for the circular economy – ‘BS 8001: 2017: Framework for implementing the principles of the circular economy in organisations’.

As the first standard of its kind both in the UK and globally, BS 8001 was developed to provide guiding principles for organisations and individuals to consider and implement longer term practices, that keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

Working alongside BSI the Ellen MacArthur Foundation contributed to the development of the standard, helping to ensure its practical relevance to business, and its accessibility to those without prior knowledge of the circular economy. The standard is intended to be used flexibly by those who adopt it – irrespective of size, sector, type or location.

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