Low-carbon construction products achieve first end-of-waste status in Scotland
Recycling and Waste Management Solutions Business Levenseat became the first Scottish company to achieve “end-of-waste” status for its new low-carbon aggregate product stream. The Lanarkshire-based company has obtained accreditation from the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA).
Developed by the Minerals division of Levenseat, three of the newly certified products are made from bottom ash from incinerators (IBA) – IBA aggregates from 0 to 10 mm; 0-25 mm IBA aggregates; and IBA aggregate sand – while its recycled sand contains sweep and gully waste.
The certification will ensure that new IBA aggregate products manufactured by the company can be used to safely replace 50% virgin aggregate in a bonded application, while the recycled sand has been approved for use in concrete, civil engineering works and road construction. .
Levenseat has also developed a line of sustainable building products, including low carbon concrete “Lev-co blocks”, which are made from a blend of the company’s new aggregates and virgin materials. Compliant with international construction and safety standards, the blocks can be used as a replacement for traditional interlocking concrete blocks and are fully recyclable at the end of their life.
The company says its low-carbon product offering is designed to help construction companies lower their construction costs, while reducing their environmental impact by replacing virgin aggregate in concrete – for every ton of aggregate recycled used, 29 kg of CO2 are avoided. In 2020, 2.7 million tonnes of IBA were produced from waste energy plants in the UK. By processing the recycled aggregates and directly replacing the virgin extracted aggregates used in concrete, Levenseat maintains, a carbon saving of 78,300 tonnes of CO2 can be achieved.
Radisson Hotel Group partners with Too Good To Go to fight food waste
Radisson Hotel Group announced a partnership with Too Good To Go across Europe in an effort to reduce food waste.
Too Good To Go is an application that allows companies to redistribute excess food left behind at the end of a working day. It connects businesses with customers, who buy food at a fixed and reduced price.
The ultimate goal of the partnership is to redistribute excess food from Radisson Hotel Group hotels locally in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Swiss. Since activating the app, Radisson has avoided wasted 15,367 meals, which translates to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of 37.6 tonnes, the company says.
Use of the app accompanies the hotel company’s other recent food waste reduction measures, including portion control and improved food storage.
Mette Lykke, CEO of Too Good To Go, says: “The latest figures from WWF on global food waste revealed that the problem is even higher than previously believed, with 40% of all food wasted. .
“We need to address this issue urgently to avoid reversing the progress we have made in recent years. It is through partnerships like this that businesses can make a large-scale impact, which is what we absolutely have a responsibility to do, on the complicated issue of food waste.
Chanel announces new bio-based closures
Chanel has announced that all the 125 ml bottles in its LES EAUX DE CHANEL line will be topped with plant-based caps.
The stoppers were developed in partnership with Sulapac and are composed of three layers, composed of 91% biobased materials obtained, in part, from wood chips certified Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Chanel also states that the line’s glass perfume bottles will be thinner and lighter than the brand’s other similar-sized bottles, claiming that a smaller volume of raw materials will be required for their production. The range of perfumes will also be packaged in corrugated cardboard, without lamination or gloss varnish, in order to be more easily recyclable.
Suv Haimi, CEO and Co-Founder of Sulapac, commented: “Chanel is definitely one of the forerunners in the luxury industry as they want to invest in the latest innovations in sustainable materials and technologies. We have set a very high quality standard for our sustainable material, with the ambition to replace conventional plastics.
“This first product launch of our collaboration with Chanel, the LES EAUX DE CHANEL biobased cap in Sulapac material, is a milestone for us. This proves that Sulapac meets the highest quality standards.