We live in a world today where mankind’s footprint on nature is becoming ever-more documented.
The stage is set for things to only get worse, with the human population destined to skyrocket from 7.6 billion people in 2018 to 9.7 billion by 2050.
This MASSIVE change is less than 30 years away.
But fear not, there lies a remedy to our sick planet. It’s called the Circular Economy.
Accomplishing Zero Waste: The EcoTech Complex
The concept of a circular economy is grounded on one goal: attaining zero waste.
The future of our world will rely on our ability to take the systems we depend on now, and change them so that we can meet this goal.
One company, Brisa International has developed a way to achieve this, by enlisting the help of microalgae.
Incredible as it seems microalgae could pave the way to zero waste. That’s right, really really small algae can help save the world. Sometimes solutions to the biggest problems lie in the smallest forms.
Brisa’s EcoTech Complex works in a unique manner: taking advantage of the rapid growth-rates of micro-algae, and their ability to:
- Treat wastewater
- Provide a clean energy source (biofuel) and other useful by-products
- Mitigate carbon emissions
What this means is that we have a viable option to upgrade from the outdated systems that we currently use today.
In major cities around the world, combined sewage systems leak a cocktail of human waste, industrial waste, and runoff into our waterways (known as a combined sewage overflow). Not to mention that outdated septic systems aren’t much better, leaking into underground water supplies and washing out into the ocean in many coastal areas. And the kicker, current waste management requires a large amount of energy to run, releasing more of that harmful CO2 into the Atmosphere.
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