At Testbed Vera Park, we are testing new solutions to waste management and recycling problems. Both researchers and companies can test ideas directly in the physical environment at the waste facility.
We are working to make the most of the resources already extracted from the Earth by creating circular flows. This can involve finding business models for reuse, finding new uses for waste or developing brand new products, including those replacing fossil fuel derivatives.
This testbed operates within the framework of Urban Magma and is a collaboration between NSR and Sustainable Business Hub. NSR owns the physical environment and can provide waste for those who want to develop new methods and products. Sustainable Business Hub develops cluster processes, creates value chains, initiates research, etc.
Some of the projects currently in Vera Park today are:
Developing and testing different methods of making solid particle board with alternative fossil-free binders instead of formaldehyde. The patent application has been filed.
Development of sanitary napkins that are completely renewable, biodegradable and compostable.
In addition to NSR and Sustainable Business Hub, Vera Park today includes 15 more companies: iTunnan, Envir, FEAB Partners, Gaia Marketing, KAABS, OCO Nordic, Ohlsson, OX2, Paperpals, Ragn-Sells, Solar Park, TMR, WSP and Öresundskraft.
All activities in Urban Magma will help meet the 2030 goals. Urban Baths contributes to the goals:
GOAL 12 – RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.4 By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.