The circular economy makes good business sense. Here are some inspiring stories from Scottish businesses already making the change.
Aurora Sustainability recovers coffee waste and heat from whisky distilleries to produce and supply dry fresh mushrooms. The end product, made entirely from waste, also improves Scottish biodiversity in terms of CO2 capturing, as mushrooms can increase tree growth threefold.
Celtic Renewables commercialised the process for producing superior next-generation biofuel (and other high-value sustainable products) from the by-products of biological industries.
Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture
In an innovative trial taking place in Loch Fyne, Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture takes the by-products of one aquatic species and provides food for another species.
Peel Tech is a Scottish invention that helps food processing businesses comply with waste regulations. As a result of the filtration system, waste from a typical potato peeler is separated and potato starch compacted, allowing drains to be free of waste and peelings to be used for animal feed.
Jaw Brew, in partnership with Aulds the Bakers, has created a zero-waste, low-alcohol beer from leftover bread rolls. The “Hard Tack” beer is now available to buy around Glasgow.
Spruce Carpets is a community enterprise that uplifts, refurbishes, supplies, delivers and fits used carpets and carpet tiles for residential, domestic and commercial customers.