Holland Circular Hotspot - Showcases
Holland Circular Hotspot aims to share their innovations and knowledge, and inspire international executives and institutions with successful circular enterprises. Their showcases range from the area of biomass and food to water and construction. Here are just a few examples of their initiatives: Dutch Harvest – sustainable crop and compostable packagingHemp is making a comeback. This powerful crop was used to craft sustainable and healthy products for thousands of years until it fell into oblivion for almost a century. But since 2015, supported by crowd funders and together with hemp farmer Albert Dun, Dutch Harvest has been producing the first hemp tea grown on Dutch soil. Grown in Groningen, the plants require no pesticides, absorb a lot of CO2, and improve the soil.Circular, organic and inclusiveThe loose-leaf tea comes in bags made of (cellulose-based) bioplastic and ‘Paperwise’, a type of paper made from agricultural waste – making the packaging 100% compostable. Not only the flowers and leaves but all parts of the plant are being used in the highest cascade, and most of the hemp materials can be used: the fibres are used in insulation, bioplastics and textiles, while the hemp core serves as a sustainable building material. Further on, all Dutch Harvest tea blends are made of 100% certified organic ingredients and are packed at a social enterprise, providing sheltered employment to people with disabilities.Dutch Harvest was awarded the Dutch EKO label as a result of their extra sustainability efforts such as growing locally, using compostable bags and packaging in cooperation with a social enterprise.Schoonschip – a sustainable floating communityA new neighborhood has arrived in the north of Amsterdam. Space & Matter has been working on it since 2010. Located in a short, peaceful canal connected to the River IJ, Schoonschip is Europe’s most sustainable floating neighborhood. Schoonschip consists of 46 homes and a community center, all built on 30 floating plots.Zero gas, micro smartgrids and black water harvestingThis exceptional project was initiated by a group of enthusiasts with a shared dream. Space & Matter helped the group translate their dream into a masterplan where each member could realize their own home with their own architect. All homes are built using low-impact circular materials, and Space & Matters’ partner firms Metabolic and Spectral have engineered and realized smart technology for energy sharing.Energy comes from 500 solar panels and heat from 30 water pumps, the sewage is reused and turned into biogas and fertilizer in a floating biorefinery, and a third of the roof surface of each house will become a roof garden, helping to cool down the city in the summer. Schoonschip aims to become a frontrunner in sustainable technology by working together and exchanging ideas, from low-tech solutions as using reusable containers for takeaways to high-tech systems as blockchain technology for the local energy trade.Take a look at the Holland Circular Hotspot website for more interesting projects.