CATEGORY "EARTH"

Energy Globe World Award 2019

Category:

winner

Bioestibas SAS
With the project:
Agglomerating Future

Colombia

Bioestibas is the first ecological pallets and boards factory in Latin America. The essential ingredient is the stem of hydrangeas. Hydrangea is a Colombian flower which is exported in large quantities. More than 60,000 tons of agricultural waste result every month from the production of these flowers. This biomass is either discarded or burnt.

INITIAL SITUATION

A lot of organic waste results from the cultivation of hydrangeas. When exploring possible uses for the abundant biomass that results from the flower production process, the company found several applications of great utility. Bioestibas found out that in Antioquia province alone more than 60,000 tons of agricultural waste are generated per month that could be used as raw material in several industrial processes.

SOLUTION

Ecological pallets and particle boards are produced that have many advantages over traditional wood products. After deep investigation, several applications of great utility were found for this floricultural waste, such as agglomerated pallets. After three years of successful participation in the market, the production of boards for carpentry and construction were added. So far, more than 7,300 trees have been saved as well as over 3,000 tons of carbon oxide. Furthermore, the combustion of more than 1,600 tons of waste from floriculture has been prevented.

INNOVATION

In Eastern Antioquia, the residual flower stems are collected free of charge from the floriculturists. After that, they get a final disposal certificate of this agricultural waste. This residual biomass is then cut, milled, dried, mixed with resins and agglomerated at high pressure and temperature for the manufacturing of ecological pallets. The new product is a great surrogate for traditional pallets.

finalist

Let’s Do It Foundation
With the project:
World Cleanup Day, 15 September 2018

Estonia

On 15 September, 17 million people across 158 countries and territories came together for the biggest waste pollution cleanup in human history, World Cleanup Day 2018. This was a huge and inspiring collective effort, involving thousands of cleanup leaders and volunteers who raised awareness and created lasting change in their neighborhoods. An epic 36-hour „green wave“ of cleanups spread across the globe, beginning with the small island nation of Fiji, and traveling around the world before ending in American Samoa.

INITIAL SITUATION

A lot of organic waste results from the cultivation of hydrangeas. When exploring possible uses for the abundant biomass that results from the flower production process, the company found several applications of great utility. Bioestibas found out that in Antioquia province alone more than 60,000 tons of agricultural waste are generated per month that could be used as raw material in several industrial processes.

SOLUTION

Ecological pallets and particle boards are produced that have many advantages over traditional wood products. After deep investigation, several applications of great utility were found for this floricultural waste, such as agglomerated pallets. After three years of successful par ticipation in the market, the production of boards for carpentry and construction were added. So far, more than 7,300 trees have been saved as well as over 3,000 tons of carbon oxide. Furthermore, the combustion of more than 1,600 tons of waste from floriculture has been prevented.

INNOVATION

In Eastern Antioquia, the resi dual flower stems are collected free of charge from the floriculturists. After that, they get a final disposal certificate of this agricultural waste. This residual biomass is then cut, milled, dried, mixed with resins and agglomerated at high pressure and temperature for the manufacturing of ecological pallets. The new product is a great surrogate for traditional pallets.

finalist

Ecoplaso
With the project:
Ecoplaso

Mexico

Ecoplaso is intended as a biodegradable alternative to the disposable plastic products with little or zero degradability that are used daily. Organic wastes like fruit peel and bagasse from the food industry are collected and reused. The bio-plastic is being produced in sheets and pellets as the final products. Currently, 3D printing filaments are also developed. The final products are 100% biodegradable with a degradation rate of 100-200 days and also compostable.

INITIAL SITUATION

In Mexico, 34% of the food that is produced are lost or wasted. That equals approximately 20.5 million tons each year which results in great environmental, economic and social impacts. On the other hand, plastic pollution is one of the primary environmental threats to our planet. In the US for example, less than 8% of post-consumer plastic are recycled.

SOLUTION

Ecoplaso is dedicated to transform fruits and vegetable peels and organic scraps into bioplastic that can replace petroleum based plastics as the raw material for the production of products molded into thin sheets or pellets, as well as 3D printing filaments. These can then be transformed into products such as disposable plates, straws, bags, furniture or toys. The goals of this project are the reduction and substitution of plastic products which are discarded on a daily basis and which represent a major pollution concern. This material is 100% biodegradable and compostable which makes it ideal for use and quick disposal without compromising the environment.

INNOVATION

Ecoplaso has developed and adapted some machines in order to be able to transform the organic waste into bioplastics. The process can be divided into 5 steps: recollection, separation, sterilization, transformation and finishing. The machinery used for these steps comprises grinder, blender, autoclave, extrusion and injection machines. In addition, a technology was developed that enables every organic waste to be transformed into paper.