Shared Ressources Create Giant Leaps
Meet // Erik Serritslev Jørgensen
Erik is one of the Founding partners at Upcycling Scandinavia. He has a very clear vision for the future regarding how circular economy can provide new solutions for todays global environment issues.
I asked Erik to give us his personal take on the following questions, regarding the collective waste accumulation and how he thinks we can add value to the matter at hand.
“It is a global problem that needs more awareness and industrial cooperation. Partnership for the goals puts the pin in a very important driver: That companies of any industry through cooperation and shared ressources can create giant leaps towards a more sustainable world. But it demands personal engagement to make it a pressing issue on the day to day agenda.” – Erik
From your point of view, what is the main issue that Upcycling Scandinavia aim to address?
First and foremost we are in the business of repurposing materials from the collective waste mountain, and turn it into new valuable products. The idea is to elude from using virgin materials, as long as we are able to reuse what is already available and would otherwise have been discarded, buried or burned. It has become our main objective to lead by example when it comes to circular economy. We act as partners in designing, producing and selling 100% upcycled and reusable products, pushing the status quo for better and more sustainable solutions tomorrow.
Why is this goal important to you personally?
To create beautiful and valuable products out of waste materiales is primary, but it is also important to me to create strategic cooperation between companies. The intention is to solve waste issues through the entire value chain.
We have an exciting project with a partner that provides medical tubes to hospitals. The idea is a take-back system to reuse their own waste accumulation. We are working on a conceptual plan to close the gab, by collaborating with a company who is able to re-gernerate the plastic tubes into upcycled plastic granules: Meanwhile a third partner upcycles the granules into an entirely new product that goes back to add value in the hospitals. Thereby closing the circle and having developed a ready-to-use concept for similar cases to integrate.
What effects do you think this will present in the near future?
The collective waste mountain is a collective problem. Every one must partake in the clean up. I feel the most reliable way to do this is to develop new applications for waste materiales as well as conceptualizing strategic cooperations around sustainability and circular economy. This could have a massive impact on how we handle surplus products on a global scale.
What can everyone do to help lighten the load and take better care of nature?
It’s pretty simple really. Make time to get informed about the global environment issues. Take personal responsibility by not to discarding their waste in nature. Make companies invest in circular economy. Naturally this pleads to a change in behaviour and it properly takes time to integrate. Yet, the more people who joins forces, the faster we see results. That is why I ask that every time you hold a piece of waste in your hand, try to put some thought into how it can be reused, repurposed or recycled. Also, keep in mind what the consequences are, if it is just discarded without any thought at all.
Blogpost by Linda Riis Jensen
April 30th 2020