Articles

The Secret of Steel

When Jared Diamond wrote his essay Guns, Germs and Steel. A Brief History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years purported to show a picture of the history of mankind from an ecolo...

Employment, Research and Innovation for Sustainable Growth

Europe: innovation for sustainable and inclusive growth In times of financial straits, substantial demographic changes and increasing global competition, innovation is Europe’s be...

5,000 Years of Transparency

We could define glass as a noble material. Made with naturally-derived raw materials, has been used for as many as 5,000 years and today it can be separated and recycled – with eco...

A Ban Spurs the Launch of the Bioeconomy in Italy: the Case of Shopping Bags

For once, the revolution involving landfills and waste management saw Italy as the leader in Europe. Funny, since Italy is known for having the highest number of law infringements,...

Circular Economy Showing off

In order not to risk sending a weak signal, it chose the most prominent position: the fair’s entrance hall, impossible to go unnoticed. So the “ExNovo Materials in the Circular Ec...

It Takes a Flower

In Hannover, Germany, the natural rubber used for treads has been replaced by a new product, an extract of dandelion (to be precise of the Russian dandelion, Taraxacum kok-saghyz),...

Filling up at the Treatment Plant!

A treatment plant in Milan’s metropolitan area turned into a biorefinery. A treatment plant for the sewage of part of Lombardy regional capital turning into a filling up station. L...

The European Path to Bioeconomy Runs through Clusters

Long gone are the days when the big enterprises of the early capitalism used to rule from within the innovation processes, from basic research to the marketing of new products. Now...

That Treasure Inside a Little Grain

Meeting with Nicoletta Ravasio, professor of general and inorganic chemistry at the Department of Chemistry within the faculty of Agrarian and Food sciences at the University of Mi...

CO2: From Climate Killer to Resource

It started operating in 2002, when Alex Krajete left for California with a degree in chemistry under his belt obtained from the University of Innsbruck. After a PhD at Berkeley Uni...

Used Oil: 30 Years of Green Economy

According to COOU (the Italian Compulsory Consortium of Used Oils), the evaluation of its 30 years of activity is a chance to think over the potential offered by a recycling model ...

Made and ReMade in Italy

If “made in Italy” production represents an added value linked to mainly local manufacturing (and often to prestigious design), the fact that a saucepan is made from recycled mater...

PLASTiCE Project: Promoting Sustainable Plastics in Central Europe

Development in the region, comprising eastern parts of Western Europe (Austria, Germany and Italy) and ex-socialist countries in the strip from Poland in the north to Croatia in th...

The Virtuous Circle of Regeneration

The first is a company with structured and complex know-how, of the same technological level needed to turn crude oil into petrol or into a widely-used product. The second is a wid...

A New Frontier for Start-Ups

“Giaura stems from the ancient Greek words for earth and air” says Max Beaumont, the 30-year-old founder of the company, “because it turns the Earth’s biggest waste stream, namely ...

From Recycling to High-End Products

Plastics with or without Market Value Plastics can be conveniently classified into two large groups: those with market value, such as Pet or Pe bottles, that are recycled through ...

A Kingdom Disunited by Waste

  Every year, in the United Kingdom, secondary raw materials and energy for a total of about £15 million are recovered from waste, but sadly, most of it goes overseas. While the...

Vandana Shiva: 'No Land Just for Biofuels'

  There is no such thing as a “good” biofuel deriving from a crop cultivated for energy. According to Vandana Shiva, a physicist and founder of the Navdanya (nine crops) Movemen...

All Together on the Sailing Boat

Ellen MacArthur, a 28 year old sailor who in 2005 broke the record of solo circumnavigation of the world in just 71 days    To survive the solitude of the o...

A New Paradise between Artifice and Nature

Michelangelo Pistoletto, Venus of the Rags, 1967 - Photo: Paolo Pellion   In 2012, at Venice Architecture Biennale, Pistoletto exhibited his work Recycled I...