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:CORALLO

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CORALLO

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Challenge

CORALLO come from this mission which is seeking to develop innovative product service systems that can address the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals using the most exciting technologies to emerge from CERN. According to the Guardian, “ People who eat seafood ingest up to 11,000 tiny pieces of plastic every year with dozens of particles becoming embedded in tissues..". Thus, we research from the microplastic system in our world.

 

We found that microplastics are

  1. Emerging problem: The governments started to ban using microplastics.

  2. Big scale issue: It is impossible to collect microplastics in small-scale service.

  3. Market needs: fashion industry, especially, aspires to build a closed loop from making clothes to using the clothes.

 

Around 87% of releasing microplastics is coming from our surroundings such as our clothes(35%), flicking car tire(28%) and city dust(24%) to the ocean through wastewater treatment plant.

More seriously, it makes not only destroying ocean but also causing harmful damage to crops in farmlands through sludge from wastewater treatment plant. Thus, we chose the wastewater treatment plant to tackle this system.

 

Research: Understand existing system

From our research with system perspective, we are figure out most of the microplastics is collected in the sludge at the wastewater treatment plant and move to farmlands as a fertiliser, which is able to still remain our eco-system. Besides, more tiny pieces of microplastics are emitting into the ocean (Talvitie, J., et al., 2017). For these reasons, we intervene in the wastewater treatment plant to collect releasing microplastics into the environment and to deliver the microplastics into the fashion industry. It is expected to help to make fully closed the loop in the fashion industry.

 

Define: find out intervention points 

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Where is the intervention point?

1. Between screening and primary sedimentation, it is necessary to prevent leaking microplastics into the sludge and furthermore farmlands.

2. Before the secondary sedimentation, it is needed to collect floating microplastics in wastewater before emitting wastewater into the ocean.

We confirmed an application of CERN knowledge to develop filter and others to collect microplastics from wastewater treatment plant to stop microplastics to enter our ecosystem. To scale up this idea, we interviewed experts in Fashion Industry and checked viability which is able to recycle 97% of microplastics from wastewater treatment plant.

Interview and workshop with CERN experts / Presentation in the CERN

Interview and workshop with CERN experts / Presentation in the CERN

 

 

"How might we give the vision to develop technology and to open a new market for our Earth borrowed by a circular economy principles?"

 

Solution: Propose new system

CORALLO is a new circular economy service to recycle microplastics and to prevent pollutants from releasing into the environment with a connection between wastewater treatment plant to the fashion industry. This service could be a change maker via the fully circular system and less impact of microplastics on the environment. It is possible to intervene three topics in the Sustainable Development Goal, which are life below water, responsible consumption and production and good health and well-being. To scale up this idea and validate a feasibility of this service, we contact with CERN experts and fashion companies.

 

Impacts

CORALLO will be a:

1. New fully circular system in the fashion industry.

2. A change maker of the governments and industries.

3. Less impact of microplastics on the ocean, farmland and people.

If we return 10% of the microplastics from the wastewater treatment plant in the Europe and North America, it could contribute around 12,156 tonnes of reusable textiles to fashion industry every year.

 

“CORALLO is a very interesting and exciting project and could help a fully closed the loop of fashion industry.” (H&M Global Environment Manager)

 

Result

Over the three hundreds people start to recognise microplastics issue through two exhibitions(WIP show, ShowRCA 2018). Plus, this projects was presented at a Symposium on CERN-RCA and meet many people and experts at the Show (January 2018). Currently, This project is selected by CERN to launch a real business and it is developed at Innovation for Change 2018 (Collège des Ingénieurs Italia – SAFM, Turin, Italy) by MBA students. We are contacting them consistently to assist their progress.

 

Collaboration with Mattia Gobbo, Nien-ting Chung, YuehTing Chiu and CERN Knowledge Transfer (Director: Nick de Leon / Tutor: Hannah Kops)

Presented at Innovation for Change 2018, Collège des Ingénieurs Italia – SAFM, Turin, Italy & a Symposium on CERN-RCA, January 2018

Winter 2017 @ Royal College of Art

 

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