(@ernestoalonso94) and 2 others

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ROCAPET. Sustainable Structural Concrete

We go to the store, buy water or soda, and then when we're done we just throw the bottle away, and that's it. One disposable container is no big deal ... but what about a hundred million? Each year, consumer studies agree, every Mexican throws away more than 7 kilograms of empty bottles, which together generate more than 780,000 tons annually. Mexico is the largest consumer... more »

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(@fiorevanessa3) and 1 other

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Small Scale Waste to Energy

What is the problem? Approximately $162 billion dollars’ worth of food is wasted in North America each year, accounting for 40% of all food produced. This wasted food eventually ends up in landfills, where it decomposes and releases methane gas, a compound which is 25 times more toxic than carbon dioxide. In addition to the alarming environmental effects, food waste costs businesses upwards of $3.1 billion dollars per... more »

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(@kristiankrugman)

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Restaurant Waste to Superfood Powder

Our mission is to reduce food waste, minimize our carbon footprint, and alleviate hunger across the country by providing a nutrient-dense powder that is both healthy for our bodies and our environment. Each night thousands of pounds of edible viable untouched food is thrown away in our restaurants daily. Yet there are still millions of people who go to sleep hungry who are not aware of where their next meal will come... more »

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Management of wastewater and organic waste with the use of insects

We transform wastewater and organic waste into sustainable products using insects. In Mexico, it is estimated that 60% of domestic and agri-food wastewater is released to aquatic bodies without any treatment, while 30% of all food is wasted. Without a doubt, this problem poses several problems to the environment and public health. The traditional solution for both problems, anaerobic decomposition through biodigesters,... more »

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Stop eating your dirty laundry - Our solution to microplastic pollution

Microplastic pollution is a growing problem, gaining attention through bans on microbeads and straws, yet little has been done about the largest contributor, microfibres. These tiny, plastic threads are released during the washing of synthetic textiles (such as polyester or fleece, spandex, nylon, and more) and pollute waterways around the world. Chemicals such as pesticides, PCBs, BPA, and persistent organic pollutants... more »

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Future Fungi - An environmental solution to plastic issue

My business idea is called Future Fungi and it focuses on solving the plastic trash disaster issue across the planet by introducing a new environmental-friendly material. Mushroom spores, are added to waste products such as sawdust and grown into marketable items using mushroom roots, also known as mycelium. These grown material will go through a modeling and baking stage to create the desired product. Unlike plastic... more »

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(@noor.shaikh) and 1 other

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IXIM - Using your waste to create change!

Imagine that your bricks, interior walls of any space and furniture are made from corn stem, rice husk or beans pod. If you already did it, I introduce you to the project "IXIM"; a sustainable material that is also 100% biodegradable and aims to replace masonry blocks and furniture pieces. These type of blocks, use mainly two types of raw materials (any of the fibers named above, and a natural binder extracted from the... more »

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A non-chemical alternative for pesticides on strawberry farms

More pesticides are used on strawberries than any other produce. With an average of 22 pesticide residues remaining when you buy strawberries in the market, it's no surprise that they are number one on the Dirty Dozen. For a fruit that makes up 1/3 of the US berry industry, there must be a more health and environmentally conscious way of treating pests. Using UV-C light in place of chemicals, we offer a sustainable... more »

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Animal nutrition through transformation of organic waste

It is estimated that in Mexico 105 thousand tons of organic waste are generated daily, of these only 11% are given an adequate use. In order to address the inefficiency in the organic recycling sector, the "NUTRIORGANIC" feed was created, a product designed to promote an efficient recycling of organic waste, which through the use of technology is processed and transformed obtaining an added value, allowing generating... more »

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