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Trading Platform for surplus commodities, side stream/wastes or secondary materials.

Whether you are a big or a small industry, a household or a farm; here you can sell and buy resources.

Together we can enable the re-use of resources, heading towards a global circular economy.


Are you a small business or big industry?

If you use secondary materials in your processes, search in our database what you need or please contact us to guide you through our solutions. We can provide you constant stream of resources with our Real Time Secondary Materials Generation Data (IoT) which using top IT technology assures information of where and when the secondary materials are produced and obtained. This process is anonymous until transaction is made to assure confidentiality of our suppliers.

Sell or buy secondary materials/ wastes or by-products

Are you a household or a farm?

Do you want to exchange your kitchen or agroindustrial wastes with your neighbor community?

Are you looking for wastes to complete your compost, biofuel, etc.?

Please help us to transform your wastes into secondary materials!


“your trash is someone else’s treasure”

Waste-free production is not always possible, since the current production processes generate waste or side products, and the product life cycle is not necessarily long.

There is no general definition for side products or secondary raw materials, but they typically include waste materials, side streams, processing residues, material removed during product life cycle, and the products and their materials that have reached the end of their life cycle.

Secondary materials are becoming increasingly important due to the rise of the circular economy, and hence the reuse and recycling of materials. Once the waste streams is identified (chemical and physical data) as a potential raw material, we find partners where the waste starts a new process.
Several kind of materials are traded in the Marketplace. We support companies to find markets where their secondary materials are upgraded, turning wastes into business opportunities and promoting materials efficiency.

What we do

Identify the material

We valuate the economical and environmental benefits of the physical assets investment for incorporating such new material streams into the industrial processes. Furthermore, environmental valuation or Life Cycle Assessment of the new product, this is a quantitative measure of the new product’s foot print. By assessing the life cycle of materials we evaluate if the secondary material usage would diminish the footprint of the current process.

We support companies to identify new business opportunities from using unwanted resources, to exchange materials and resources and valorize disposals.

Connect

We perform a direct approach to customers, make selling and buying contracts, provide transportation and full time assistant. An IT tool help us to trade materials among different industries, connecting the waste generators with manufacturers where this secondary material can be incorporated to current or new processes.

We provide to company users of secondary materials with Real Time Monitoring Data harnessed from sensors installed insitu where the secondary material is produced. These data is collected through an integrated IoT (Internet of Things) cloud providing to the companies information of where and when the secondary resource is available.


Circular but not carbon zero? Carbon zero but not circular

We analyze and evaluate in the interface between these two approaches that we want to follow. Unfortunately, not all circular products can be carbon zero and vice-versa. There is compromise between both most of the time.

For example by replacing one time plastic recipient with a bamboo material that will be disposed in a landfill at the end of the life cycle is carbon zero because the CO2 absorbed for the trees to grow will be released when these disposals are composted in a long term. However, a very inefficient usage of the material. If the same material is reused- upcycled after the one time use, as for example is extracted the lignin for using in industrial food production or is extracted the cellulose for other uses, then the CO2 produced in these processes increases exponentially, but the resource- efficiency is increased as well exponentially and at the end accounted as a percentage of emissions that were avoided because of using these recycled material and not a new raw material.

In conclusion, the usage of by-products in additional processes might increase emissions, depending on process characteristics. However, using the waste or by-products for production may decrease emissions over using virgin materials leading to a net zero effect on industry emissions overall.

“Circularity is an essential part of a wider transformation of industry towards climate-neutrality and long-term competitiveness. It can deliver substantial material savings throughout value chains and production processes, generate extra value and unlock economic opportunities. In synergy with the objectives laid out in the Industrial Strategy, the Commission will enable greater circularity in industry”

European Union Green Deal, Circular Economy Action Plan

Positive Impacts for the Environment and Society


Prevent extreme resource exploitation and declive of resources.

Avoid GHG (Green House Gases) emitted from fabrication of products from raw materials contributing to global warming

Address water use, land use

Avoid landfills and contamination risks


Positive Impacts for Companies


Efficient resource use Sustainable processes

Cheap waste disposal (instead of landfill or other treatment)

High- value uses of waste products (instead of burning or landfill)

Circular Economy Label

Forging Partnerships

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