ELEPHBO collects empty cement bags in Cambodia, which are lying around everywhere because nobody disposes of them, cleans them and uses them to make cool bags, backpacks and other accessories in Switzerland. Of course fair trade and doubly meaningful: the environment is relieved and jobs are created in a very poor country.
Bcomp Ltd develops lightweighting solutions for high performance applications from sports and mobility to marine and space. By using natural fibres, Bcomp offers solutions for a cleaner future without compromising performance.
HeiQ develops and manufactures environmentally friendly textile treatments that are used, for example, in the functional clothing of leading sports manufacturers. HeiQ Clean Tech, the winner of the Swiss Economy Environmental Award 2019, is one of these textile technologies.
Flisom, a spin-off from ETH Zürich and Empa, has developed a unique roll-to-roll process for the cost-effective production of flexible and highly efficient thin-film solar modules. The first pilot plant on the Empa campus in Dübendorf was officially inaugurated and shown to potential customers and partners of the company on 19 September 2017.
In the meantime, modern buildings already require the same amount of energy for hot water as for the entire heating system! It is astonishing that after only a few seconds of use we still carelessly dispose of the hot water in the sewerage system. But for this problem there is now a solution which recovers a large part of this energy immediately.
The company Bloom was founded at the beginning of 2019. They convert vegetative waste such as wood, nut shells or fruit kernels into high-quality chemicals that can be used to make fragrances, hair dyes or preservatives. So they're developing a chemical substitute for petroleum.