Circular organisations in Berlin
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AlgalifebusinessxxAlgalife is a cleantech innovation on holistic and sustainable development of new materials for fabrics from Algae. These materials have a zero chemicals & pesticides having a positive effect on environment and human skin rather conventional fabrics. Algae are renewable with fast growth rate, biodegradable, along with valuable substances such as proteins, vitamins etc, are released to the skin moisture when worn and offers nourishing and protection to our body and skin. The fabric materials from the algae through the supply chain provides zero waste.
Aquanet Berlin BrandenburgnetworkxxThe networking between the very different water skills of the partners and the combination of different expertise is the main aim of AQUANET. As a result, competencies relating to the topic of water and wastewater from a wide variety of areas come together. The focus is on tackling current issues and the development and realization of joint research. Main focus is Raw water extraction or drinking water production, Wastewater treatment / recycling of purified wastewater, water quality Planning and projecting, drinking water analysis wastewater treatment, environmental analysis, Automation, software for water and wastewater systems, Weather monitoring, disaster prevention, Drinking water
ARGOSresearchxxARGOS is project of TU Berlin under circular economy and recycling. The project is for improving functional recycling rather non-functional recycling which involves material loss such as niobium, tungsten, gold, silver, etc in the economic cycle. The improvement is made along the value chain through real-time analysis of metal-rich processing products. ARGOS is a combination of sensors for the real-time analysis, based on which a system for the characterization of metal-rich reprocessing products will be developed.
BAUFACHFRAU Berlin e.V.networkxxNon-Profit project that promotes Women in work with wood building materials. Within the Circular Economy area our focus lies on identifying new ways in creative design and product development with scrap wood. Scrap wood is seen as waste in strait economically working joineries. Until Sept. 2019 we run a Pop-Up Workshop at the ZKU in Berlin where we perform different workshops under the theme of creative scrap wood design. We have a cooperation with different woodfactoriestocollectscrapwoodthatwestoreanduseinour workshops as well as give away to people in need for material. In our projects we work with this "waste material" and develop open design, especially for the DIY-sector.
BaumHaus Weddingopen spaceDas Baumhaus is a self-organised open socio-cultural project in Wedding. Since 2012, more than 300 people have collaboratively developed the project, organized events, meetings, initiated new groups, and in 2016 renovated a storefront space into a pretty unique project space. It is a non-profit association, a social business and above all, an open network. Projects are focusing on green and zero waste solutions, vertical gardens, and creative scene. Also offers further space for rental. Baumhaus is a place for projects that enhance a sustainable, democratic and solidarity society.
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BineebusinessxxBinee focuses on take back of hazardous substances mainly WEEE and non-used/expired medicines. Thus, ensuring a safe disposal, reuse and recycle after the take back. They use specialized interactive bins for the take back called as “e-binee” and “medibinee”. The take back system has a network of collection points and provides redeemable vouchers which can be used online and shops.
WillowFlexbusinessxFlexible, Compostable*, Resilient 3D Printer Filament
Biomimicry Germany e.V.associationxxBiomimicry Germany is the leading Think Thank in sustainable bioinspired innovation in Germany, and the local branch of an extensive Biomimicry Global Network. It connects and supports industry leaders, startups, educational organizations, researchers and public institutions among others, to foster the emergence of sustainable bioinspired innovation projects and initiatives. It also educates both professionals and the public on Nature inspired Innovation, its value creation potential and the sustainable gains it generates. Biomimicry is one of the major school of thoughts known to have developed and refined the concept of Circular Economy.
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Bötzow Fabrik as tech Garageopen spaceSpace used by Ottobock to create a science tech garage as an open innovation space. Currently with collaboration with FabLab Berlin it attracts industrial and product designers. Material designers and architects. Hosting the project Textile Prototyping lab the space is also attractive for textile and fashion designers. Ottobock focuses on techniques for the rapid, innovative production of prototypes in the Open Innovation Space. Additionally, the company wants to advance the key topic of the digital future in this environment and continue to develop networking with universities and other research institutions
BSRbusinessBerlin's waste management company
BUILDinG CYCLEresearchxA circular building from waste materials was realized, which offers an answer to questions relating to resource-positive construction in an urban context and embodies a new method of architectural production for a post-consumer society. The roof structure is formed from a pre-stressed grid of layered and interlocking re- used timber beams, while the wall elements utilize a system of upcycled cardboard boxes and posters designed to last for at least one year.
C2C e.V.associationxx
Cafe BotanicobusinessxxCafé Botanico is the mix of traditional Italian gastronomy and modern concepts of urban agriculture, permaculture and food sovereignty. The selection of dishes is based on the seasonal selection of vegetables, salads, herbs and fruits from the local permaculture. It focuses on 0 Kilometer approach for sowing, planting, harvesting, preparing cooking, serving and eating. The main strength is showcasing a mature Permaculture forest garden in the City and giving People the Chance to TASTE instead of just listening or seeing. Café operates on the low waste case and organic agriculture with certificate.
ChidosbusinessxxChidos is the Germany’s first company to develop the method of cultivating mushrooms in the organic residue – Coffee Ground. Chidos also made the process experience open source data. Mushroom on coffee grounds is a new production focus of “Waste to Raw Material” where coffee grounds are collected from largeconsumerssuchasvariouscafes,restaurants,hospitaland similar facilities across the city. The obtained residue are mixed with the mushroom mycelium and packed in bags and stored in humid condition for the cultivation. The post cultivated Coffee residuescanbeusedascompost.
Circular.fashionbusinessxxThe system is an industry connecting platform for all stakeholders to collaboratively realize a cradle to cradle inspired circular economy for textiles. The Circular Design Platform supports fashion brands to design circular and sustainable products in a lean and efficient process. Through a unique circularfashion.ID the Product Circulation Platform provides customers information of how to increase the useful life of products by circular retail models and orchestrates a partner network to enable material specific recovery for fibre to fibre recycling.
CLOOP – Closing the Global Nutrient Loop
researchxxProject CLOOP was designed to demonstrate that mineral nutrient recyclates have higher use efficiencies than conventional fertilizers. This is crucial to ensure the protection of surface waters and an efficient use of resources. The project focuses on testing a new generation of secondary fertilizers (NextGen fertilizers) that feature high plant availability and low water solubility at the same time.
CloseWEEEresearchxxCloseWEEE aims to develop integrated solutions for pre- processing of electronic equipment thus closing the loop of post- consumer high-grade plastics, whilst recovering critical raw materials including antimony and graphite. CloseWEEE focuses on developing and implementing robust and cost efficient recovery technologies, giving recycled materials a new life in added-value applications and providing efficient tools for the localization and separation of hazardous and valuable materials.
CRCLR House GmbHbusinessxThe CRCLR is open, experimental space for local production systems, collaborative ways of working, smart use of resources and circular business models. In the long-term use, the concept will be further developed and supplemented by set up residential units, which will create new, cost-effective living space for a broad population cross-section. Vertical housing extension - funded by the SIWA program of the Berlin Senate. Long-term preservation of a historic warehouse as a cultural and business center, as well as a vertical extension with residential units, in a modular timber panel construction. Residentialandcommercialusesarelinkedinavarietyofways through circular
Culinary misfitsxxCulinary misfit carries out food activism specially to counteract vegetables and fruits rejected & disposed mainly for their aesthetic standards for sale, E.g curled, oversized, tuberous potatoes, carrots, etc. These products are sourced directly from local organic farms. Culinary misfit has a catering service with a store at Berlin. Also, they hold workshops to raise awareness on the food appreciation and familiar their activity for people, children, private groups and companies. This initiative contributes to valuing food, producers and resources.
Dachfarm BerlinbusinessxxThe concept is developed together with DACHFARM Berlin and innovative Berlin companies and research institutions from the fields of architecture, agriculture, energy and water management in order to unlock the potential of unused building and roof areas for the professional cultivation of crops and for participatory community gardens. The operation of a building-integrated farm has a positive effect on the cost-effectiveness of buildings and their eco-balance. Savings are achieved through the use of building resources such as rainwater, gray and black water, organic waste and building heat.
Der Sache Wegenbusinessxx
Die NachwachsendeStadtnetworkxThe network of architects targeting on building with wood. On this basis, it addresses issues of growth, re-densification, resource consumption, ownership, participation and participation of the city of Berlin. It is an initiative of architects and engineers dedicated to the ecological development of the city with renewable resources. The participating offices all work with wood and other natural building materials and use them in different ways in innovative projects.
DingsDums DumplingsbusinessxxBerlin start up focusing on the food waste prevention topic. In cooperation with other Berlin projects working in the food rescue area, DingsDumsDumplings produce dumplings out of left overs
DyclebusinessxxDYCLE innovated a sustainable approach on how baby diapers are to be produced using natural fibers and close the loop of the product through collection & recycle. The diaper inlays produced are plastic free and compostable. The used diapers inlays are collected and converted through Terra Preta. Composting into hygienic, fertile black humus. The end product is used for growing fruit/nuts trees among local community, where the yields in return can be used for baby food.
DzainobusinessxxBerlin upcycling label focusing on production the bags out of used materials. The choice of bags is as it is mostly long used product and it is not bought so often. The production happens locally in Berlin. Dzaino found our unique design approach by combining traditional patchwork techniques with used denim fabric, rearranging the material to a clean look. We update craft techniques to create handmade, resource-friendly one of a kind pieces. Material choice, jeans without polyester, as it keeps the product more robust and not strach.
ECF Farming systembusinessxxECF expertise is in consulting, planning & construction of tailor made aquaponics farm systems along with Post-commissioning monitoring. The aquaponics systems offered by ECF are environmental friendly, cost efficient, resource saving and high quality farm harvest products. The system utilizes 2 circuit cycle: Aquaculture and Hydroponics, ECF Control technology, apart from resource efficiency system such as UV filters, CO2 - greenhouse exchange system and rainwater cistern use. The system can utilize building heat, roof tops, industrial areas, etc. The2circuitECFfarmingsysteminvolves7%reductioninthe operating cost.
EcoalfbusinessxxSpanish fashion brand focused cloth design, production, and sale made of waste materials collected in the ocean. The mission is on sustainable ocean upcycling. Operates globally with 2 collection and production spot in Taiwan and S. Korea, store in Madrid and Berlin. Has a project on upcycling the ocean - The Ecoalf Foundation has managed to involve Spanish companies that are leaders in their respective areas (from waste management companies, technological centers and recyclers, to thread and fabric manufacturers) that will collaborate in this project and share their experience in recycling different types of debris (PET bottles, fishing nets, used tires, etc...) and the R+D accumulated through their international alliances with specialized technological recycling specialists. Production does not happen in Berlin.
EcobrotboxbusinessOriginal Unverpackt was the first supermarket in the world dedicated to zero-waste lifestyle. It has a shop in berlin and online which offers organic, natural and sustainable products. Products such as organic certified, fairtrade and local produce are promoted to keep ecological and social footprint of products low, along with less packaging. The food products are stored in bulk containers, where the customers can transfer them to the self brought containers or containers purchased on spot. The containers provided are glass, cloth bag and recycled paper bags. They also provide a online based course for owing zero waste shop.
EcoDesign CircleresearchxxProject focuses on the development eco design practices to enhance capabilities of SME to make use of Eco Design practices and increase the capacity of designers in the environmental of design. The move towards a circular economy will help create jobs for tomorrow’s markets.
Edible Alchemybusinessxx
Energie und Biotechnik GmbHbusinessxxThe biotechnology company is specialized in planning, developing, and designing vendor friendly high yield - biogas projects. The organization has expertise in Energy recovery from plant residue materials and organic waste. Solutions are designed as per the customer needs utilizing viable components and technically adapted to the substrates used by the customer. It currently develops a specially adapted biogas technology for the urban employment and for energetic recovery of urban plant residue materials, such as tree leaves, as the seasons biomass waste, for that biotechnological fermentation process is developed
erie BerlinbusinessxxThe brand is exploring on ways to work with the environment and with people in a way that not just eliminates negative influence but actually supports everything and everyone involved in the processes. A main strength is the focus on completely natural and organic products, so that all products are compostable and represent a circular movement, which is supported by a circular business model.
Flussbad Berlin e.V.xThe canal section on Fischerinsel is to be reshaped into an ecological regeneration zone, similar to an old arm. The shore- side shallow water zones are to create living and reproduction areas for flora and fauna. Between Gertraudenbrücke and the Federal Foreign Office, an ecological plant filter is to clean the spilled water flowing through, which is essentially contaminated by occasional discharges from the combined sewage system. The water flows over a length of about 400 meters through a layer of gravel covered with water plants. In this passage, a microbiological cleaning takes place
Good Garment CollectivebusinessxxGood garment collective is a clothing production company with its own model studio. We stand for sustainable and transparent production processes. They create an economic concept with the highest creative standards. In socially and ecologically responsible process chains, pioneering textile solutions of excellent quality. They support fashion start-ups who want to further educate and professionalize themselves in the areas of material procurement, textile finishing, production for sustainable clothing as well as PR and sales.
Gray water recycling and heat recovery in passive house, Berlin
researchxxUse of decentralized technology for the gray water recycling together with energy recovery system. The technology allows to get energy recovery also during the winter, when most energy consumption takes place. It allows to decrease building operation costs significantly. The system requires 2nd pipeline network, which should be considered by the construction of every new building or during building maintenance.
GreenLabbusinessxxGreenLab Berlin is a spin off company of Humboldt- Universitat Berlin, which develops organic fertilizing and plant strengthening products utilizing waste from food industry in a environmental friendly manner. Their product BLÜMCHENFUTTER and PIMP MY GÄRTCHEN utilizes processed waste of Cocoa, which is largely used in Germany. The processing of the Cocoa waste to garden products are did in environmental guidelines compliance, thus upcycling the waste. The company also uses sustainable packing materials for its products. The products are well suitable for urban home gardeners.
HALMbusinessxxHalm is a glass alternative to plastic drinking straw which is causing an huge environmental impact. Halm is made of extremely stable special Glass. Thus, making consumers free from plasticizers like BPA and environmental friendly with values of washable, reusability & recyclability causing zero waste. In contrast to plastic, stainless steel, bamboo or straw, glass is absolutely hygienic and tastes 100% neutral. Halm production involves 70% energy consumption from renewable energy with future developments to 100%. Halm also involves mineral oil free materials in its business from production to packaging. The cleaning brush provided by Halm is made of natural fiber.
Holzmarkt DorfbusinessxThe guiding principle of village planning is the development of a structural-constructive and spatial structure that serves the users as a framework for potential spaces. It is flexible and can be developed over the long term. By means of attachment, conversion and further construction, it enables a permanent transformation process and thus guarantees the preservation of creative freedom. The construction objective was to develop cost- effective building to ensure cost-effectiveness for the startup and creative scenes.
IGG MalzfabrikRe-purposed building, which started with the green roofs, they create humid green biotop. The first project focused on the development of effective use of water and energy resources, as well as re-use existing materials. Among others also focused on concept for sustainable property management. Started change with energy saving approach and existing material re-use, rebuilding and centralizing energy system. Community renting the area is also selected. A lot of old factory materials were also re-used in the construction of interior space, infrastructure, and surrounding furniture
InfarmbusinessxxInfarm is a revolutionary vertical urban farming in Berlin utilizing controlled environment supported by AI system. It aims to produce farm fresh products within the urban space eliminating long transports, making 100% regional, flavored and pesticide free. The development of farm were made involving biologists, architects, farmers and chef, thus making farm production all along the year irrespective of season or draught.
Information center at the IGA ParkxConcept for the Building for integration of the district tourist information in Marzahn-Hellersdorf . The building is planned in wood construction. The supporting structure in the exhibition and event area is laid completely in the ceiling area and in the façade and thus offers the possibility of flexible use of the premises. The relation to the circular economy is mostly on the material choice and energy supply
Isla CoffeebusinessxxIsla coffee is a sustainable café located in Berlin, operating under the principle of circular economy and zero waste strategy. The café uses reusable materials such as glass and metal containers, thus avoiding packaging waste. The coffee cups are sourced from Kaffeeform, which are made from coffee waste. The steamed milk leftover is used by them to produce ricotta cheese. The snacks and brunch are made from organic, local and seasonal products. The terrace space in summers host space to grow vegetables and herbs for in-house use.
KaffeeFormbusinessxxKaffeeform is Berlin based design shop that created a product out of used coffee grounds the material which is robust and biodegradable. Kaffeeform stays true to its social and close-to- nature roots: the coffee grounds are collected in local coffee shops in Berlin and then dried, packed and shipped in through a sheltering workshop – a collaboration that is constantly growing closer over the time.
KalikobusinessxxKaliko is a Berlin-based brand offering natural textile products. They work with certified organic fabrics that we dye in our studio using local plants and food waste, focusing on resources that can be obtained locally.
Kunst-Stoffe – Central Department for Reusable Materials e.V
networkxxKunststoffe Berlin promotes material reuse and repurpose for projects with social purposes. Provides material collection and storage, Repair Cafes, educational workshops and, work with wood, and further projects. The materials are donated by hardware stores, workmen, organisations, expositions and private people. The target group of our facility are artists, educational institutions and DIYer. Those and everyone else can buy the material for a fraction of the original price.
LifeCycle KMFresearchxThe LifeCycle KMF project examined the extent to which artificial mineral fibers (KMF) can be reused after the end of the use phase of the buildings where they are installed. Almost all dismantled KMF, also because they often can not be separated by type, deposited, whereby they are lost as a valuable resource. Therefore, an optimization of the life cycle of this product group is suggested, whereby the recycling should be investigated.
Material MafiaxxxxSocial enterprise that works with industrial waste, resources with the main objective to reuse and repurpose them. It works with residual materials from industry, trade fairs, exhibitions and the creative industry. After collection the main project partners are artists, designers, youth institutions, schools, social projects. Also provide upcycling workshops with the materials to inform about the origin of raw materials, production chains, reusability, recycling and social backgrounds in the production of goods.
Meyburg TaschenbusinessxxMeyburg Taschen implements resource-saving work and sustainability as consistently as possible. Old leather sofas and armchairs are picked up and taken off in Berlin. Their frame moves together with upholstery to the recycling yard. The straps and handles of our models consist partly of old packing straps or belts, which are reworked or made to fit. Selected lining materials - mostly remnants of tailoring - are used as well as recycled belt buckles. The rest of the accessories, such as zippers or rivets, are new. In this way, not only does something unique and unmistakablearise,butthereisalsoameaningfulreuseand renewalofexistingmaterial.Leather,suchaswoodandother natural material, ages beautifully and thus gains in character. For us, upcycling also means individuality and diversity in the design of our models, which are assembled and produced with great care.
MiFactori – Open Source Hardware as Design approach
businessxxMifactori develops, builds and distributes sustainable circular Open Source Hardware. Circular Design needs to be reusable, repairable, hackable and recyclable everywhere easily. Open Hardware tries to create designs that can be understood and easily be replicated: Use readily available parts everyone can get, understand and work with. And document everything well toenableothers!Mifactoricreatescirculardesignsanddocuments them. It uses readily available parts, combines them in a circular way. Modularity is a key factor for that. Many designs are based on the same geometrical grid - called the 3erlin Grid. Because circular and modular parts have the opportunity to create a circular network effect within a city.
MimycrixxMimycri is truly innovative in that it uses "waste" material to tell an emotional story and to raise awareness for what is currently happening at the borders of Europe. Material used had a past life as a refugee boat and by that we encourage people to think about the relation of the subject and the object: the object (material) is used to create another way of experiencing the subjective. The main strength is also that we duplicate the idea that waste is often not really waste, but can be used to create something new by applying this to the people who are fleeing to Europe.
Natascha von HirschhausenbusinessxxNatascha von Hirschhausen is a designer, who creates innovative patterns to combine these virtues with a premium design. The pattern pieces intervene with each other to significantly minimize the clippings compared to industry standard. The so called no-waste patterns minimize the production waste of the garments to under 1%. Therefore the precious resources are used way more efficient compared to conventional patterns. An impeccable fit is guarantied by the complex puzzling of the curves of the patterns.
Natural Building LabresearchxThe NATURAL BUILDING LAB accompanies students on their way to learning in times of social upheaval, empowers them to engage in dialog work in interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams, introduces them to scientific work and networks them internationally. Developed the project Infozentrale auf dem Vollgut.
NeoNytnetworkxxNEONYT is the global platform for tomorrow’s fashion and sustainable innovation. NEONYT brings together Greenshowroom and the Ethical Fashion Show Berlin. NEONYT is backed by a vision for the fashion sector based on sustainable growth. As a global hub, NEONYT provides a broadly-based platform for a sustainable lifestyle. Neonyt stands for communication, exchange, business, and the creation of a fashion world with a new awareness of sustainability
NextGen - Towards a Next Generation of Water Systems and Services for the Circular Economy
researchxxThe consortium of project NextGen develops innovative technological systems and circular economy related concepts in the water sector involving 10 case studies focusing on topics such as water reuse, nutrient recovery and energy production. The special investigation is carried out to recover nutrients from wastewater and to enhance energy production from sewage sludge using a thermal-pressure hydrolysis through association with living labs & communities, in order to gain public acceptance for the technologies. The solutions are made on the aspects of innovative business model and service marketability.
nurec4orgresearchxxNutrient Recyclates for Organic farming was initiated in the aim to reduce the consumption of nutrients obtained from finite resources (Phosphates) for organic farming, with a focus on circular nutrient cycle regionally. It examines to what extent phosphorus-containing products, which can be obtained through currently available recovery and recycling methods, will be acceptable and approved for organic farming. Promoting nutrients obtained from bio-based and wastes for sustainable agriculture transformation. Nurec4org examines farming market potentialofrecyclates,stakeholderacceptance,characterizationof recyclate quality and product & process based organic farming assessments.
OEMPresearchxxOEMP is a project of Kompetenz Zentrum Wasser Berlin developing materials and optimized process methods for removing microplastic from urban water cycle. The project identifies different entry pathways such as sewage treatment plant, mixed water overflows and precipitation runoff, etc, for micro plastic into the water cycle and at same time different process for retention too. A pilot tests were carried out in Berlin sewage treatment plant to validate the potential of developed filters materials and influence of operating conditions over the materials.
OgRe – Relevance of Trace Organic Substances in Berlin’s Storm water Runoff
researchxxIn Berlin 74% of rainwater runoff are discharged in surface waters untreated, thus being a largest source with high levels of trace (fuels, PAHs) elements. The project OgRe elaborates substance list of relevant substances in rainwater runoff, estimation of the annual loads and supports to build a strong trace substance mitigation strategy for Berlin. The project helps to detect and build a list of locally relevant substances in the runoff, along with comparison from other pathways.
ORAMAresearchxxThe main objectives of the project are to develop a clear strategy for extending and deepening the raw material data from all Member States in the EU; to make available different types of data (including social, environmental, economic, technical, exploration and extraction, primary and secondary raw materials) to end users; to provide a systematic collection methodology and recommendations for the improvement of datasets and EU-level harmonization; to assist and support data providers in creating portrayals harvestable through Web services (WFS) or other pertinent technical solution in the absence of existing 'harvestable’ databases.
Original UnverpacktbusinessxxOriginal Unverpackt was the first supermarket in the world dedicated to zero-waste lifestyle. It has a shop in berlin and online which offers organic, natural and sustainable products. Products such as organic certified, fairtrade and local produce are promoted to keep ecological and social footprint of products low, along with less packaging. The food products are stored in bulk containers, where the customers can transfer them to the self brought containers or containers purchased on spot. The containers provided are glass, cloth bag and recycled paper bags. They also provide a online based course for owing zero waste shop.
PentatonicbusinessDesign and production company that creates its material out of waste and further design furniture out it. They make all of their products out of one single material, ensuring that they can be recycled again also do not use toxins – glues, resins, paints. One of the essential part of the furniture is modularity, means all its components are standardized and interchangeable. Pentatonic offers life-long buy back guarantee for all developed products. The trash sourcing aims to be locally (for European productsatleastby90%),alsouseIDnumbertotrackproducts.
PolyCEresearchxxPolyCE (or Post-Consumer High-tech Recycled Polymers for a Circular Economy), a European Commission funded project that aims to demonstrate the feasibility of a circular model for the plastics supply and value chain; develop a grading system for recycled plastics, which will ultimately serve to provide guidelines for designing new electronic products; involve green public procurement initiatives and consumer awareness raising campaigns across the EU (with a focus on Germany, Poland, Italy and France); establish a feedback loop from research activities that provides policy input regarding technical feasibilities and conflicts from a technical perspective
PowerStep - Energy from Waste water
researchxxThe municipal wastewater in Europe contains an available chemical energy of about 87,500 GWh per year. This corresponds to the capacity of 12 large power plants. Due to the currently used technologies and the associated energy loss, sewage treatment in Europe instead consumes primary energy of more than two power plants. The use of the available chemical energy represents a great opportunity for municipalities, wastewater associations and operators of sewage treatment plants to evolve from an energy user to an energy producer.
PrinzessinnengartenbusinessxxNomadisch Grün (Nomadic Green) launched Prinzessinnengärten (Princess gardens) as a pilot project in the summer of 2009 at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg. Prinzessinnengärten is a new urban place of learning. It is where locals can come together to experiment and discover more about organic food production, biodiversity and climate protection. The space will help them adapt to climate change and learn about healthy eating, sustainable living and a future-oriented urban lifestyle.
ProSUMresearchxxThe project is aimed to gather and consolidate available data on critical raw materials (CRMs) with focus on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELV), batteries and mining wastes. Added to this the project has developed a new data structure to harmonize existing and future data, and built the UMP (Urban Mine Platform) to provide easy access to high quality charts, data and accompanying explanations in order to support Europe’s position on raw material supply, with the ability to accommodate more wastes and resources in the future.
QuerfeldbusinessxxQuerfeld sources organic/ bio fruits and vegetables that are avoided for their non-standard size and structure for sale from the farmers. These sourced products are again put their health value in plate without being influenced by the aesthetic flaws, thus contributing to reduction of food waste from source. The products are sourced directly from producers thus making them a financial benefit and sold at reasonable price along with the support of online platform. The products are ensured for quality control requirements of Querfeld. The customers are common consumers, canteens, caterers and refectories.
RE4researchxMain Goal is the development of an innovative RE4 building concept that creates flexible floor plans through an intelligent structure which as a result increases the lifespan of buildings significantly. The use of prefabricated reversible elements deriving from demolition (up to 65%) allows an efficient construction but also gives the possibility of reusing the individual components at the end of the building’s lifespan and reduces the waste volume of the building sector substantially.
restlos-gluecklich e.V.NGOxThe association works in projects towards the food appreciation. It runs projects focusing to raise awareness on food waste and encouraging conscious consumption. The awareness involves workshops and cooking classes for school children adolescents and people. The projects also involve themed dining's and catering services utilizing surplus food, crooked vegetables/ fruits, incorrectly labelled goods, etc., thus giving a second chance.
ReusecityresearchxA Urban recycling network model-project of the federal program for National Urban Development Policy focusses on the local circular economy through alternative value chains for local recycling and direct use of reusable materials. The network aims to offer recycling service for event locations, trade fair construction, events, and booth builders providing possibility to dispose re-usable materials on a sustainable, green and local way and also for lower costs. The model for value chain consists of 3 level of actors: Material source, Recyclers and Customers & Consumers. The service can be requested during set up phase or dismantling phase. The material obtained are upcycled in reusable form, thus giving alternative access to materials for consumers, crafts, creative industries and socio-cultural institutions.
Roof Water Farm (Block 6)researchxxBlock 6 is the project, which is currently part of Roof Water Farm project, focusing on the recycling system for grey water. Grey water - fecal-free wastewater - with a total of approx. 50-70 liters per person per day represents the largest proportion of domestic sewage. It comes from from bathtubs, showers and hand basins, while the higher-loaded portions come from the washing machine and the kitchen. Greywater recycling must ensure that users do not take any hygienic risks and suffer no loss of comfort.
Roof Water Farm (farming system)xxRoof Water Farm research network identifies and develops innovative routes for potential urban food production and water management. Thus, contributing to multifunctional and sustainable infrastructure development in urban environment. The system involves integrated water treatment for cultivating rooftop farms with aquaponics and hydroponics system. The research also focusses on the quality conformity of the associated farm products according to national and European specifications.
SchmidttakahashibusinessxxThe company initiates new aesthetic high fashion garments through new ways in fabrication of used garments with innovative production cycles supported with digital media. The products are desired to be returned to it’s own custom made container again after a pleasant usage, and will be treated as material for the further new products. Donators receive an ID number which enables to provide history & track the afterlife of used clothes, stored in the digital database. This database also helps in easy redesigning process to choose choice of materials. The redesigned or reprocessed (cuffs, holes, etc ) new product is tagged and registered in database. The new owners can find out the backgroundofthepieces,commentandcarryonthehistory.
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SHIO storebusinessxxSHIO is focused on sustainability and believe that clothes should be made with care, to last. We are on a mission to minimize both waste and environmental impact. We use eco linen, upcycled cotton and all our jersey is GOTS Certified Organic. The entire collection is made by Kate Pinkstone at SHIO Studio (behind SHIO store). Producing clothing on site allows to keep track of stock and only produce what is necessary.
SirplusbusinessxxSirplus is a savior market and online store that sells rescued surplus, salvaged food and several other products that is sorted out elsewhere because it's quantity, look and age. Sirplus works towards the goal of reduction of food waste with food rescue as its mainstream activity. The recued food are given a value and paved back into a life cycle under the legal norms. They offer the service to consumers to access surplus food and producers, as well as non-profit institutions, in order to sustainably reduce waste and overproduction. The products are majorly obtained from wholesalers, retailers and farmer in the region.
SolagabusinessxSolaga designs and produces services associated to bioreactor systems which includes adapted process technology, phototrophic biofilms involving microorganisms like algae & bacteria. One of the services is sustainable solar biogas production, which involves innovative, climate friendly alternative for conventional energy making consumers cost savings and self sufficient powered air pollution reduction. Also, the other service involves in air pollution reduction system using algae.
SourceBooknetworkxxSourcebook connects fashion brands with garment manufacturers, service providers and fabric mills. The Berlin-based company founded in 2013, brings together a trusted network of industry experts with a fast growing community of makers and designers – currently with more than 2 000 businesses registered.
StadtfarmbusinessxxStadtfarm is a smart urban organic farming. Thus, supplying farm fresh products regionally, seasonally and in sustained manner. This urban farming uses a method called ”AquaTerraPonik”, which involves cycle of rearing fish and plants. The attention is made more for the substrate, which provides nutrients and holds up microorganisms. The substances contained in aquaculture wastewater are made available to the plants. The plants convert the substances into biomass and thus purify the water, which then returns to aquaculture. This method saves 80% of water & land consumption and 85% of CO2 (equivalent) output on comparison to conventional methods.
Still GarmentbusinessxxStill Garment is a Berlin based clothing designer studio specializing in sustainable fashion design strategies with a focus on natural dyeing, textile techniques, fair trade and zero waste pattern construction. Apart from this, Workshops are being organized for city based people including children interested in the holistic approach for growing the local & seasonal dye yielding plants in their garden, due extraction from them and further dye storage.
Stop micro waste e.V.xxA non-profit initiative from Berlin with intention to reduce plastic pollution of rivers and oceans. Initiatives involves ideas and awareness to avoid, reduce and reuse plastics efficiently. The knowledge awareness and implementation is created through STOP! ACADEMY tours, washing guide and Ocean College program. The ocean college program operates a research sailboat which trains people to become certified Coaches. A cooperated research is carried out focusing Fiber Loss Quantification Standard (FLQS) and “Guppyfriend bag” to address washing based microfiber issue.
Studia FlaerbusinessxxDesign studio for the modular furniture production
Studio HilobusinessxxThe spinning machine HILO focuses on the yarn production processes making it more efficient, personalized, and sustainable. HILO enables the user to determine the textile properties at the very beginning of its manufacturing process, the yarn spinning. Digital spinning machine (HILO) produces on-demand, local and individualized yarn. It support local manufacturing
Supermarket with living and roof greenhouse
businessxThe concept is developed together with DACHFARM Berlin and innovative Berlin companies and research institutions from the fields of architecture, agriculture, energy and water management in order to unlock the potential of unused building and roof areas for the professional cultivation of crops and for participatory community gardens. The operation of a building-integrated farm has a positive effect on the cost-effectiveness of buildings and their eco-balance. Savings are achieved through the use of building resources such as rainwater, gray and black water, organic waste and building heat.
Tempelhof Projekt GmbHopen spaceIn the coming decades, Tempelhof Airport should become a new urban district for art, culture and creative industries: an area full of exciting ideas, with space to work and try out. The refurbishment and the structural and technical modernization of the building are progressing. Currently more focus is on digital and creative industry. The project realization starts in 2018 first with structural and technical renovation and Sustainability Fund (SIWANA). the development of the former officers' hotel in the H2rund building section into the innovation center of the creative industry and the expansion of market-oriented office space for modern working environments. Euro in prospect granted. In addition to the projects Tower THF, History Gallery on the roof, Visitor Center at the main entrance, Redesign of the Ehrenhof and the Platz der Luftbrücke and the planned settlement of the Allied Museum, further projects are being accelerated in the planning and implementation.
Terra Institutebusinessx
Terra Boga ProjectresearchxxTerra Preta Sanitation (TPS) evaluated in the framework of the interdisciplinary research project TerraBoGa at the Botanic Garden in Berlin. It manages the organic resources and nutrients from the garden and from a public toilet facility according to the principles of closed loop recycling economy as effective and efficient as possible and to address also energy aspects related to organic waste occurring in the botanic garden in Berlin. The liquid phase is led through a so-called ‘charcoal nutrients activator’. An opening at the top of the chamber facilitates the removal and exchange of the barrel with pre-fermented solids and the charcoal loaded with nutrients. The Bio-Char is produced by means of pyrolysis in a so-called ‘carbonizer’ from woodchips, which are waste products from plants growing in the botanic garden. The occurringheat,abyproductfromthepyrolysisprocess,isusedfor district heating on neighborhood level within the botanic garden.
Textile Prototyping Lab BerlinresearchxxGermany's first open laboratory for the development of trend- setting textiles is being created in Berlin. Location is FutureLab Bötzow. A platform is created for designers, engineers and researchers from various disciplines. With the help of the material library, digitally supported prototyping machines - e.g. in weaving and knitting - and an easy-to-use electronics station, interdisciplinary collaborations can be optimally implemented.
The Fair Tradersbusiness
The GreenLabresearchxxGreenLab Berlin is a spin off company of Humboldt- Universitat Berlin, which develops organic fertilizing and plant strengthening products utilizing waste from food industry in a environmental friendly manner. Their product BLÜMCHENFUTTER and PIMP MY GÄRTCHEN utilizes processed waste of Cocoa, which is largely used in Germany. The processing of the Cocoa waste to garden products are did in environmental guidelines compliance, thus upcycling the waste. The company also uses sustainable packing materials for its products. The products are well suitable for urban home gardeners.
The Real Junk Food ProjectxxThe Real Junk Food Project is a global network that brings a radical change in our food system using surplus food, which rescues food waste from supermarkets, restaurants and businesses, and turns them into nutritious meals. The vision of this network is to raise awareness on food waste mainly on the nature of appearance and age, rather considering its consumable value. The work plan was in three phases such as café operation for utilizing rescued food along with awareness, Café as distribution center and Restaurant which serves food with policy of “Pay as you feel” policy, thus encouraging people to support this project to be financially sustainable.
Ting Ding AtelierbusinessxxBerlin Upcycling fashion label works with the donated garments. The discarded garments are brought as a donation to the TingDing shop / studio and inspected and sorted locally, then further processed at the tailor's dummy and exhibited in the shop, sold and adapted to the wishes of the respective customer. Also conducts upcycling workshops.
Ufa FabrikRe-purposed old factory as a cultural location. The green roofs insulate the buildings, filter rainwater and absorb around 500 grams of dust from the air per square meter, as a preferred choice than rain-water retention. To seal the green roofs, nontoxic foils made out of recyclable polyolefin were used. The substrate consists of soil, expanded clay and shale, which is lighter than regular soil when containing water, but is able to contain more water at the same time. All rainwater is collected and used to flush the toilets now, the roofs are rarely watered. Planted facades filter dust out of the air and protect the façades against weathering. Water storage facility was developed to collect all sewage and rain water, through several filter system. Local energy production is made by the PV- system. To provide sound isolation walls out recycled materials and bio-materials were constructed.