A project promoted by Ecopneus and realized by Matrec with the aim of researching new identities for recycled rubber from ELT. The final result was been identify on ten new circular materials where the recycled rubber was mixed with cork, wood essences, vegetable elements, coffee and stone aggregates. The project was developed following two main phase: research of materials identity and sperimentation to search for the best formula for the different elements of materials.
Support a shoes manufacturing company to set up some single-brand stores with recycled and circular materials. In particular, the project focused on the floor, characterized by paths that guide the client towards different models of footwear, and part of the wall coverings where, alongside the exhibitors, technical functional areas were provided to test the footwear before the purchase.
Modular coverings, flexible and customizable over time to meet seasonal needs. In addition to the research and selection phase of the most suitable recycled and circular materials to be used for the project, a series of tests were carried out on the materials as regards coloring and resistance to stress. The result is identified in a new innovative shop model where the customer can immediately test the new footwear in ordinary and extraordinary situations in addition to the classic walk.
The aim of the project was to enhance the waste generated during the marble and stone working process. The waste component was recovered, dried and then mixed with different types of binders, to obtain the most suitable compound for the creation of new material to be used in construction or for design objects. The collaboration with companies from specific sector has allowed to test multiple solutions for the recovery of process waste, obtaining semi-finished products with different characteristics.
A research project focused on international mapping of innovative solutions for recycled textile materials. All the solutions have been analyzed for the materials tipology and for technology used. The priority is for design solutions where the semifinished materials are trasformed in fashion accessories and furnishing. The most important materials used are cotton, wool, denim and polyester, as a singular solution or materials mix.
The material and economic circularity of some sportswear clothes was measured, starting with the yarn and ending with the definition of three different end-of-life scenarios. Thanks to the results obtained from the economic circularity, it was been possible to identify new solutions for the use of production waste, reducing production costs and evaluating materials alternatives for clothing accessories.
In addition, the environmental and economic benefits for new market strategies were evaluated, with the transition from the sale of the product to the service.
The participation of supply chain companies to the project have permetted to assess the possibilities of sustainable innovation in products and packaging.
Regional mapping of projects and products made in Italy, that have used mainly recycled paper. The main applications made of recycled cardboard are refered to different commercial sectors with particular interest to innovative use and artigianality. The final result was been an overview about specific grade of progress of technologies and working process for the recycled paper.
Matrec in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economic Development, has worked to realize the first national strategic document on circular economy. In particular Matrec has analized, the classification of the materials ( recycled, permanent recycled, virgin, from renewable and non-renewable sources), and the definition of methodology and of indicators to measure the products circularity. Matrec usually collaborate with companies about the strategy of circular economy that has to be used and verify the circularity of the products.
Grande successo a Technology Hub per i 15 nuovi materiali eco innovativi presentati da Matrec ed Ecopneus a Milano. I materiali e i prodotti hanno suscitato forte interesse di un pubblico caratterizzato principalmente da imprese, designer e professionisti del settore. Per tutta la durata della manifestazione si sono svolti numerosi incontri con aziende di differenti comparti merceologici per un confronto sulle diverse possibilità di impiego dei materiali in ambito industriale. In particolare sono stati avviati una serie di test per valutare l'utilizzo dei materiali nei settori arredamento, moda, nautica, calzatura e auto. I primi riscontri hanno dato esito positivo soprattutto per le caratteristiche della gomma che unita ad altri materiali a forte valenza estetica e ambientale, permette di ottenere performances funzionali e innovative.
The report presents 14 Recycle Economy strategies developed by big companies as Mango, HP, H&M, Emirates, P&G, Nike, Sony, Freitag, Bacardi, Adidas, PepsiCo, Patagonia, Zara and Ikea.
The 14 company strategies are selected by Matrec because taken into account aspects such as innovation, materiality, technology and new approaches to the market. In particular, the 14 company strategies are evaluated with respect to principles of circular economy and then the benefits that can lead to the preservation of natural resources.
The choice of 14 company strategies was did among over one hundred trend-products, selected and included into the International Observatory for Sustainable Innovation by Matrec.
The ninth and final round with "our paper stories" is the narrator of Cardboard Story, which brings us the enthusiasm of businessmen and designers about use of paper and cardboard that despite the thousand-year history, they still have many stories to tell.
Story of cardboard story is a trailer that in four minutes presents the contents of the eight stories that last year were presented.
All Cardboard story videos are present on Comieco website. Click here to watch them.
Cardboard story is a project realized by MATREC – Sustainable Materials & Trends for Comieco.