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Helsingborg promotes biomaterials over fossil-based plastics

In a debate article published in the Swedish newspaper Kvällsposten on Sunday, Helsingborg’s City Council announced that by 2020, the city will stop buying fossil-based plastic products, with the aim of completely removing plastics from the city’s residual waste in 2035.

Everyone’s responsibility to act

In the article, Helsingborg’s City Council especially emphasized that it is everyone’s responsibility to act, as the solutions to the plastic problem are mostly local, which is why the city will do its part in contributing to the solution. For the City of Helsingborg, this means working to have framework agreements in place that prioritize fossil-free and degradable products above fossil plastics. The same will apply when the city makes municipal land available for events and activities, such as market squares, food trucks, and more. Procurements of goods and services that amount to well over a billion SEK annually, together with a long list of lease agreements, gives the City of Helsingborg the muscles to support this goal.

The announced efforts are part of Helsingborg’s long-term environmental work, which led to ranking  first in Aktuell Hållbarhet’s annual list over best environment municipalities in 2017.

We will do our part through Biodolomer® for Life

GAIA BioMaterials welcomes the City of Helsingborg’s initiative and praises their courage to “walk the talk” – something we have long called for from public officials and organizations. As a local company with cutting edge expertise within this field, we will do our utmost to help the City of Helsingborg to achieve these goals. GAIA – together with its business partners – are already offering a large number of biodegradable bio-based products that cover most of the municipality of Helsingborg’s needs for realizing the 2020 fossil plastic-free procurement objective, as well as the long-term goal of fossil plastic-free waste handling by 2035 .

GAIA BioMaterials is already running the project “Biodolomer® for Life” together with Båstad Municipality and NSR AB, with financial support from the EU’s LIFE program. The goal is to replace fossil plastics with GAIA’s biodegradable and compostable biomaterial Biodolomer®, thus closing the loop in the “Circular Economy”.

https://www.expressen.se/kvallsposten/debatt-kvp/nu-ska-helsingborg-plastbanta/

 

The “Biodolomer® for Life” project is focused on closing the loop in the circular economy through the introduction of Biodolomer® – a fully biodegradable biomaterial – and is part of the EUs LIFE program; the financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU.

This publication is produced with the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union. It reflects only the author’s view and the Agency/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

Read more about “Biodolomer® for Life” here: www.biodolomerforlife.se

Read more about LIFE here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/

 

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GAIA BioMaterials Åke Rosén is awarded Helsingborg’s environmental award

GAIA’s founder, inventor and enthusiast Åke Rosén, has been awarded the City of Helsingborg’s environmental award for 2017. The award is shared with the Food Cooperative, a local initiative to offer locally produced and organic food. It was announced on Tuesday morning in a press release.

The jury, consisting of the presidium of the Environment Committee and the City Planning Board, as well as the City Environment Director, City Planning Director and Business Director, explains the appointment as follows:

“Åke’s mission in life is to constantly develop climate-smart materials for packaging in the food industry and to offer the global market more sustainable packaging solutions.”

The award ceremony took place on Wednesday and Åke Rosén was, understandably, both proud and happy about the prize: “It is said that you never become a prophet in your hometown but here I stand, with an award for my work to improve the environment from my own home town. Now, it would be far from me to look at myself as a prophet, but the one who coined the expression clearly did not have Helsingborg in mind. ”

Though Åke Rosén is very pleased to be recognized for his work, it’s not what’s motivating him to continue:

“We must remove the plastic from our lives and use as little as possible from Earth’s resources. We need to replace fossil fuels with renewable raw materials that can be transformed into renewable energy. If everyone were to live as we do in Helsingborg we would need three Earths – it’s scary and unsustainable.

With our biodegradable and renewable biomaterial Biodolomer®, we will not only remove the plastic from our lives; we will also be able to close the loop in the circular economy, something we work on in the “Biodolomer for Life” project, which is jointly run together with NSR and the municipality of Båstad, with support from the EU’s LIFE program. ”

The City of Helsingborg’s environmental award was established in 2008 in order to stimulate the environmental commitment of the city’s residents, organizations and companies.

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/helsingborg/pressreleases/de-faar-helsingborgs-stads-miljoepris-2017-2301642
https://www.hd.se/2017-11-29/matkooperativ-och-forpackningsuppfinnare-miljoprisas-av-kommunen


 

The “Biodolomer® for Life” project is focused on closing the loop in the circular economy through the introduction of Biodolomer® – a fully biodegradable biomaterial – and is part of the EUs LIFE program; the financial instrument supporting environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout the EU.

 


 

This publication is produced with the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union. It reflects only the author’s view and the Agency/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

 


Read more about “Biodolomer® for Life” here: www.biodolomerforlife.se

Read more about LIFE here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/life/

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Biodolomer for Life at Swedish Open in Båstad

Film from Biodolomer for Life’s attendance at the Swedish Open Tennis Weeks in Båstad.

 “This video is produced with the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union. It reflects only the author’s view and the Agency/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.”

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Will Båstad Municipality become plastic free?

Helsingborgs Dagblad reports that this may soon be the case, as Bo Wendt, the highest ranking Politician in Båstad, told the newspaper:

“I told our Local Officials that we, as a coastal municipality have to make this happen” he is quoted saying by Helsingborgs Dagblad.

Wendt made his statement, having visited a summit where environmental aspects in public purchasing was discussed. At the summit, GAIAs Åke Rosén presented the companys biomaterial Biodolomer and how it differed from other biomaterials in terms of biodegradability and other environmentally important aspects.

(The article in Swedish here)

https://www.hd.se/2017-07-21/ska-bastads-kommun-bli-plastfri


 “This publication is produced with the contribution of the LIFE programme of the European Union. It reflects only the author’s view and the Agency/Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.”

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