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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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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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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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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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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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BioUnicel - 100% natural and biodegradable Styrofoam peanuts

What problem does BioUnicel solve? Each year, thousands of tons of waste are generated. About 65% of this waste is material for packaging and construction, which takes more than 1,000 years to degrade, damaging the environment. BioUnicel offers a product that reduces the number of these wastes with a product similar to conventional polystyrene foam, but natural and 100% biodegradable. ...more »

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Urban Power Plant

Concept Summary: The intent of this project is to produce a functioning building skin system comprised of microalgae pods. Algae can be grown and harvested like any other crop and there are thousands of algae species available for farming, with native species across every continent. They grow rapidly, easily doubling in size within 24 hours. Once harvested, through solvents or sound waves, oil is extracted and refined ...more »

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Tero - kitchen express composter

Quebec aims to ban 100% of organic matter from landfills by 2020. However, only 17% of Quebec is served by compost collection. By interviewing several hundred citizens and experts in the field, we have observed that due to the impact of organic matter on the environment, many citizens are interested in composting and want to do their part for the environment. but are hampered by odors, flies, management complexity and ...more »

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Contraire: An Aeration Optimization System

Wastewater treatment plants consume about 3% of the total electricity consumed in the United States. On average, 54% of this 3% is used during the aeration process, a necessary step that helps degrade organic matter by adding large amounts of oxygen into the wastewater. Quite often, operators run the aeration blowers at full capacity at all times because they would rather risk overpaying for electricity than risk being ...more »

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XiliNat: transforming agricultural waste into a sweetener with health benefits

XiliNat is a project that addresses environmental, economic and health problems by buying agricultural waste from farmers to transform it into xylitol, a 100% natural, low-calorie sweetener that is ideal for diabetics, protects teeth against cavities and has the same taste as sugar. By using agricultural waste, we contribute to the ecology of the region, since peasant farmers normally incinerate their waste, which ...more »

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NatureCoin with blockchain: A sustainable currency making recycling profitable to save our ocean

NatureCoin with blockchain: A sustainable currency making recycling profitable to save our ocean. NatureCoin is a cryptocurrency designed as the game-changer of the recycling industry for the vision of future smart city. It utilizes blockchain and IoT technology to reward users for their sustainable actions, thus making recycling profitable and building a global economy connecting individuals with environmental cause. ...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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