Newsletter October 2022. Breaking down pollution
The arrival of our new newsletter has taken a while. This had nothing to do with the lack of new developments, but mainly with hoge amounts of work that needed to be done. The very long heat and drought period demanded a lot of extra attention for the trees and a lot of our physical condition. However, there is plenty of good news.
The first interesting news is that we have signed an agreement with Industriepark Kleefse Waard and Veolia to realize a phytorefinery on this beautiful business park, located in the city that is our home base: Arnhem. We are of course at the very beginning, but it is a nice step in our further development.
Furthermore, under the leadership of PaperInnovator, we acquired a project that focuses on the sustainable design of a phytorefinery at Bavaria. We work together with an alliance consisting of: Bavaria, van den Berk Nurseries, the Koninklijke Ginkelgroep and Techino. Given the fact that hard technology is central here, we, who are mainly provided with green fingers, will have to walk on our intellectual toes to keep up with all this.
Also new: we are going to produce Brickz on a large scale for the Twickel Foundation. The reason for this assignment was the fact that the managers found that the trees that were provided with Brickz in the project ‘Dredge, clippings and turf as a regional soil improver based on Brickz’ did considerably better than the trees that had to do without our nutrient bombs. So that will be pressing again in the coming weeks.
But the most important news is that as part of Fiber2Fiber, we are going to organize the final symposium at the end of the year. It is called ‘Breaking down pollution’. That will take place on December 15th in the domed church in Arnhem, from 2 p.m. We will present all results regarding the degradation of asbestos and PFAS and the phyto-refining of RZWI sludge. And we will have a hopeful Christmas message because of course we also look ahead and will show what we all want to do with this knowledge.
And finally, for SIGN we are busy with a project that investigates whether it is possible for greenhouse horticulture to grow red list species on a commercial basis, such as bedding plants, house plants or as a basis for green walls and natural swimming pools and thus contribute to the restoration of biodiversity. An inspiring project, but also a great intellectual challenge.
In short, although demolition is central to much of our work, there are many constructive developments. If you are intersted you can also look on our YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYkWYkgklUbIQVo1tv4nTng