Åke presenting GAIA

Rotary study visit to GAIA factory – September 19, 2019

22 members of the Helsingborg Landborgen Rotary club made a study visit to GAIA’s factory. Åke Rosén told the story of an entrepreneur’s journey with focus on the story of Biodolomer, a bio-based, biodegradable and compostable material. Åke talked about the cooperation with EU and how the project is trying to influence the development of policies within the plastics business to make sure bio-based material is not percieved as traditional plastics. The group was very interested and as consumers they asked a lot of questions. The visit ended with a factory tour to see the production.

As thank you the Rotary club donated 500 SEK, in the name of GAIA to a school project for girls in Kosovo, read more at their home page:

https://helsingborg-landborgen.rotary2390.se/page/våra-projekt

 

Åke presents Biodolomer

It’s a better choice – seminars in the Nordic countries September 10-12, 2019

The Nordic Bioplastics Association invites the plastic business to be part of a road tour in the Nordic countries to educate and inspire stakeholders who wants to understand more about the opportunities with biobased plastics. The tour visited the capitals in Finland, Sweden and Norway during three days in September. The interest to participate in the seminars was very high, there even was a waiting list. During the three days alltogether 500 decision makers was reached by the information why biobased plastics is a better choice (compared to fossil) – already today.

Åke Rosén, the founder of GAIA BioMaterials was one of the speakers telling the story of the uniqueness of Biodolomer. Åke also marked the importance of being part of EU LIFE15 program for financial support to develop Biodolomer to become fully renewable, biodegradable and compostable. To make the presentation more lively Åke always brings products so the audience can feel, touch and test the material, which is very much appreciated.

Read more at: https://www.nordiskbioplastforening.se/

 

Bo Wallteg opeing the seminar in Stockholm

Bo Wallteg opening the seminar in Stockholm

More than 200 participants - a record for the Association

More than 200 participants in Stockholm – a record for the Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delegation from Ghana to learn about Biodolomer August 19, 2019

GAIA presented Biodolomer for a delegation from Ghana that spent a week in Sweden learning about Swedish innovations within the waste management sector. Nine representative from the waste company Zoomlion together with three representative from Ghana Chamber of Commerce spent the day at NSR(Waste Company in Skane) and met with Öresundskraft, NMSR and GAIA, some of the companies,  that are currently part of the industry park, Verapark – the Circular Economy Centre of Helsingborg.

GAIA presented some products that are part of the EU LIFE project and the participens really liked the biomaterial, that is renewable, biodegradable and compostable. In the afternoon there was a round-table seminar arranged between the African company Zoomlion and the Verapark-companies.

Also attending at the study visit, was Mrs Jessica Magnusson, business developer at Verapark, Mr Kim Olsson, CEO of NSR and Verapark, boardmember of NSR Mr Michael Rosenberg, boardmember of NSR Mr Bo Lambertsson-Persson and NSR boardmember Arvid Straube.

 

 

EASME visit

EASME visit to Biodolomer for LIFE project June 13-14, 2019

On June 13-14, representative from EASME and NEEMO visitied Biodolomer for LIFE to review the project. The first day was spent at GAIA to discuss the progress of the project and we finished with a guided tour of the new factory premises at Ättekulla. In the evening we went on a ferry trip with the world’s only electric ferry. The group was invited by the captain to learn about the unique technique from the control bridge. The trip was very much appreciated by our visitors.

The second day, the review continued and this time at the waste-power plant, Filbornaverket. After the review Martin Tofft, CEO at Öresundskraft Kraft&Värme presented the reasons why and the importance of taking the role as contributing beneficiary finishing off with  a round-trip in the plant. Kim Olsson, CEO of NSR ended the visit by presented why the waste company NSR is engaged in the project.

 

 

 

KOnrad Rosén GAIA BioMaterials

Biodolomer visit Multibiosol in Spain May 29 2019

LIFE Multibiosol is a project with several interesting touch points that tie with the Biodolomer for LIFE project. Both projects aim to show case products benefiting from being made from compostable biomaterial. The projects aim to show the environmental and social economic benefits on all stages of the life cycle. The visit was aimed to exchange experiences, learn more about the successful Multibisol project and have a 10 min talk about Biodolomer for LIFE. The aim was also to make new connections and find potential collaborations between the project participants.

Biodolomer for LIFE representative Konrad Rosén made a presentation the Biodolomer® material and the four products showcasing the functionally and quality of the final products. Konrad talked about the benefits of Biodolomer®.

Areas of disussion was for the conference:

  • benefits of using bio pouches and warps on produce to increase food quality, freshness and uniform color and look
  • the validation of mulch film f mulch film and the certification scheme OK COMPOST SOIL
  • on water treatment and plus and minus on mineral filler in biomaterials as a source for overfertilization
  • EEAD-CSIC discussed future plans to make further tests into why biomaterial help produce stay fresh for longer. GAIA have on several occasions seen the same positive results with packaging of fish and bananas, but the science behind these findings is still not fully explored
  • Aitiip Technology Centre discussed with Konrad on the future opportunities for bioplastic production in Spain and EU. The pros and cons and how to develop the European market in the years to come. The need for legislation and taxation of fossil based non compostable plastics in one time use products. A unified EU standard for waste management of used bioplastics

And excerpt from the final conference which Konrad found interesting on the effect on biobags on peaches:

“The main improvements found using biodegradable bags in the quality parameters were in the external appearance of the peaches. The reddish coloring found on some peaches disappeared with the use of opaque biodegradable bags, improving the peaches commercial quality and subsequently its sale price. In the same way, these bags improved the nutritional composition of the fruit and reduced pesticide residues.”

In the afternoon the Group visited Aiitip lab and production facility. It was interesting to see the lab setup and production facilities and listen to best practices when producing biomaterial.

 

 

 

 

Biodolomer products on display

Recycling Day May 14 2019

On May 14, Vera Park was the main partner on the year’s edition of the Recycling Day, an annual conference in the waste and recycling sector. This time with the theme of future trends that govern waste management. Here, among other things, various Vera Park companies in our booth, including GAIA with their products and information broschure appeared. Here we met a number of stakeholders who showed great interest in Biodolomer as material and for the project Biodolomer for LIFE. Among other things, there were food trays, cutlery and aprons in the Biodolomer material in the stand. 147 people came to the Recycling Day. Picture: Martin Dyberg
Biodolomer at Pack Point Nordic

Biodolomer for LIFE at Pack Point Nordic May 16 2019

GAIA representatives participated in the yearly conference, Pack Point Nordic May 16 in Stockholm. Different businesses with high interest in the packaging business met for a day to exchange and discuss. There were different themes on the agenda like sustainability, material development, design and function as well as trends. Some companies that were there was IKEA, Findus, Löfbergs and BillerudKorsnäs. GAIA had a small exhibition booth and got lot of interest from the visitors. App. 200 people were present.

http://www.packpointnordic.se

 

Åke talks to guests at the meeting

Biodolomer for LIFE seminar in Brussels April 25 2019

Biodolomer for LIFE invited professionals in the plastic business, professional organizations and cities/regions in EU to a breakfast seminar to discuss that it is possible already today to substitute 80% of the fossil volume plastics with the renewable, biodegradable and compostable material Biodolomer.

Åsa Webber, ambassador at the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU and Sebastien Paqout, member of the cabinett of commisioner Vella spoke about their view on fossil plastics and biomaterial. Åke Rosen, the founder of GAIA told the story of Biodolomer and showed many products made from the material that attracted a lot of attention among the audience. They were also given the opportunity to bring some products home for testing.

For a biobased material like Biodolomer to expand on the market it needs support from the legislation. Legislator needs to listen to researchers/specialists within the field of biomaterials in order to understand  just how far the development of degradable biomaterials has come and make decisions based on that understanding.

 

 

Åke Rosén and Jan Boberg at Biodolomer stall

Biodolomer at Industry Days – invited by EU Commission, 5-6 February 2019

Biodolomer for LIFE Project was invited to Industry Days by the EU Commission. Biodolomer for LIFE Project was represented by Åke Rosén and Jan Boberg from GAIA Biomaterials and Eva Stål from Öresundskraft energy company/NSR waste company. The project was exposed to 1500 delegates and there was high interest in understanding how bio-based plastics can substitute fossil-based plastics. We got many new contacts which hopefully will lead to future business.

EU Industry Days 2019 focused on key industrial challenges such as sustainability, digitalisation, investment and globalisation. The event, on 5-6 February, demonstrated how EU industrial policy benefits European citizens and provide input for future policy making.

EU Industry Days gathered around 1,500 participants from across Europe and beyond, including stakeholders representing industry, trade unions, national and regional authorities, and civil society. More than 30 projects funded by the European Union showcased their innovation in the Grand Hall at The Egg during the Industry Days event.

The exhibitors were grouped under 5 different thematic areas:

  • industrial materials – Biodolomer for LIFE
  • energy
  • robotics
  • factories of the future
  • skills
  • fashion industry
    Substitute 80% of fossil-based plastics

    Substitute 80% of fossil-based plastics

    Circular bioeconomy

    Circular bioeconomy

CEO Peter Stenström about the new factory at Ättekulla in Helsingborg

Media Day at new GAIA factory at Ättekulla, 24 January 2019

 

GAIA Biomaterials invited the media, both local media but also national special magazine and partners to a breakfast where CEO Peter Stenström and founder Åke Rosén presented the new factory and how far the development of the biobased plastic Biodolomer has come. Among the speakers were Kim Olsson, CEO NSR and Anders Östlund, CEO Öresundskraft, the two partners in the Biodolomer for LIFE project.

Anders stated that in 10 years Öresundskraft will not burn fossil plastics to produce energy anymore. The goal is to produce energy from renewable sources like biobased plastics. That is why Öresundskraft has taken the role of Coordinating Beneficiary in the Project.

The response from media was very positive.

One article from Ny Teknik: https://www.nyteknik.se/premium/skanefabrik-siktar-pa-100-procent-biobaserad-plast-6946198

 

Factory walk

Factory walk

Biodolomer granulate

Biodolomer granulate