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So much food and so many products are produced every day and so much of that is thrown away, an unhealthy situation in any way. This week we will focus on how to produce our products better, in particular when it comes to raw materials and minerals.  And we will focus on how to deal with food in a more responsible way. 
 

Theme | MINING

Green Mining


Your phone might look nifty, small and advanced, the process of producing it is not. Many materials that are used in tiny quantities for your phone are ripped from the earth with industrial and oftentimes polluting and people unfriendly mining processes. A first step to improve this could be Green Mining. Like the start-up Deep Green does by collecting metal-rich seafloor polymetallic nodules from the ocean floor.

 
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Theme | MINING

Urban mining


But why mine when there is so much material that is thrown away. Enter urban mining, a sector that is using scrap yards as their mine to produce all the precious materials needed. 
Mineworx and EnviroLeach are two innovative mining companies that joined forces in an environmentally friendly urban mining solution. Mineworx provides the machines to shred the waste and EnviroLeach brings their non-cyanide water-based technology for extracting gold from it to the table. 

 
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Theme | DATA

Mining data


Would it not be great if there was a database with all available data and information on arisings, stocks, flows and treatment of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) and batteries? Would that not be a great start for an urban mining corporation? Well, there is. At least in Europe. 
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Theme | SOCIAL INNOVATION

Mr. Green Africa


Mr. Green Africa from Kenya wants to recycle waste and better the lives of waste pickers. They use technology to provide premium prices but also help waste pickers with education, health care and access to microloans. 

 
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Theme | ROBOTS

LIAM


The easiest way to recycle is to keep the reuse of materials in the back of the mind when designing a product. Like Fairphone does. Unfortunately, Fairphone is not selling the massive amounts of smartphones Apple does. On the other hand, Apple has a beautiful robot that can take your iPhone apart. And the company promised to become a “non-mining company”. One day.
 
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Theme | FOOD

Spinach sacks


From urban mining to urban farming. What goes for mining partly applies to food as well. The production can be very environmentally unfriendly and sometimes the produce has to travel half the world to get on one's plate. That is why urban farming is such a good idea. Like this low-tech solution from Kenya where they produce spinach in large sacks in an empty industrial building. 
 
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Theme | FOOD

Tracking Tomatoes 


Still, sometimes food has to come from other parts of the world. Or even when it comes from around the corner, it is good to be able to see from where exactly it comes and track how it gets to one's table. From Farm to Fork some call it. The Cornucopia Project worked together with blockchain company Ripe.io to track everything around their tomatoes.
 
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Theme | FOOD

Too Good to Go 


At the end of the day, a lot of food is still thrown away. Many restaurants, for instance, have a few dishes left at closing-time that they cannot keep until the next day. In the past, there was no way of letting people know they had some of these leftovers. Too Good to Go developed a platform to solve this. Download the app and check out restaurants in the neighbourhood. Extra benefit, it is always a surprise what they will have for you. Maybe you acquire a new taste! 
 
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Johan Schaap
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