Sustainability and durability are the keywords of the Nature-L® project, created by Conceria Nuvolari, a company specializing in the production and marketing of goat and ovine crossbreed hides, mainly intended for the fashion industry. The Marche-based company is among the first in its sector to experiment with tanning methods using a minimum content of heavy metals and no hexavalent chromium, while ensuring the enhancement of both the aesthetic, and qualitative nature of the leather. L’impresa marchigiana è tra le prime del suo settore nella sperimentazione di metodi di concia con il più basso tenore di metalli pesanti e senza l’impiego di cromo esavalente, garantendo, tuttavia, la valorizzazione della natura estetica e qualitativa del pellame.
Covestro, through its #FullyCircular Vision, offers a large and unexpected landscape of materials that support everyday life in facing new urban challenges. Materials that work on efficiency, safety and sustainability, and which offer application opportunities in the direction of design and ethics. Material solutions that regenerate post-consumer waste, materials that interact with light to create new urban textures, solutions that improve air quality, polyurethane, polycarbonate and other thermoplastic materials made with more sustainable processes.
Polyurethane is performance presents multiple approaches developed by the flexible polyurethane foam industry, to respond to the growing need to implement environmentally respectful processes. Eco-sustainability in the field of polyurethane foam includes a very wide and varied range of actions that let the transformation of recycled polyurethane into new products, capable of combining aesthetics and functionality, often aiming to enhance the intrinsic charm of a recycled material and its qualities - which should no longer be “concealed”, but rather, “ highlighted”.
Saxa Gres is a company that operates in the ceramic surfaces sector, agreeing to circular economy principles. Saxa Gres reuses materials from urban waste, which would otherwise be heading to landfills. It also proposes Grestone, a new generation of products with a very high rate of environmental sustainability features, that paves the way for the use of porcelain stoneware for flooring, street and home furniture. This collection is an alternative to stones and other natural materials that have become complex to use.
The COOL POWDERS range by ST Powder Coatings offers powder coatings that are distinguished by a polymerization temperature starting from as low as 140 ° C, a process that allows to maintain excellent mechanical properties, as well as excellent resistance to bad weather and UV radiation. A smaller amount of energy is needed to bring the powder paint to complete cross-linking, guaranteeing a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. The Energy Transition installation represents ST Powder Coatings’ commitment to the research and development of eco-sustainable products.
Aware that fastening accessories are one of the biggest challenges in garment recycling, YKK recently launched a series of NATULON® recycled zips made with ECONYL® regenerated nylon. ECONYL® nylon, produced by Aquafil, is composed entirely of nylon waste collected from around the world, such as industrial plastic, fabric scraps, old carpets and fishing nets from the aquaculture sector. Alongside the NATULON® line with ECONYL® regenerated nylon, YKK presents AcroPlating®, the new metal plating technology that eliminates harmful chemicals, and drastically reduces energy and water consumption.
Organoid® is a certified carbon neutral brand since 2015, and it produces an entirely natural surface made with materials such as Tyrolean alpine hay, flowers, petals, moss and leaves, intended for sustainable interior design. The processing involves the use of a natural binder obtained from food waste, combined with dried natural materials and a functional selection of certified supports. The conscientious use of resources and the Organoid® philosophy, generate a sustainable, fragrant and versatile collection that can be used as a wallpaper, while also interacting with different supports guaranteeing multiple applications.
Holcim Italia builds progress for people and planet and as a global leader in innovative and sustainable building solutions we are enabling greener cities, smarter infrastructure and improving living standards around the world. With sustainability at the core of its strategy Holcim is becoming a net zero company, driving circular construction as a world leader in recycling to build more with less. Holcim exhibits the new sustainable cement and concrete like ECOPact and ECOPlanet. Finally we’ll show BETALY® lamps, which spearheads the technology developed by 9010novantadieci, made with ourultra-high performing Ductal® which offers significant advantages in terms of durability, aesthetics and creative freedom for designers.
FENIX is the new generation of surface materials for interior design signed by Arpa Industriale. Thanks to its proprietary technology resulting from years of research, FENIX® surface is extremely matt, pleasantly soft touch and surprisingly anti-fingerprint. Thermal healing of superficial micro-scratches is also possible. Versatile and innovative, FENIX is an inspiring starting point for novel design projects. Since December 2021, all FENIX® materials are carbon neutral. This is the result of a favourable product build-up and the implementation of a long-term sustainability strategy. The road to carbon neutrality started with the replacement of the most impactful inputs and the improvement of products and processes efficiency. Moreover, FENIX focused on durability and composition, as it believes in “do more with less”, guaranteeing the quality of the materials while using less resources.
Marcegaglia Digital Print is an industrial technology applied to pre-painted steel, which integrates digital printing with continuous coil processing, offering new and unexplored opportunities for the creativity of designers and architects. Steel is recyclable, ductile, environmentally sustainable and allows, through this process, to emphasize and simulate multiple visual and tactile sensations, while safeguarding durability and resistance, even in outdoor environments and in extreme weather conditions.
SAATIstyle is a range of high-tech fabrics designed for glass lamination and interior design applications. The materials are produced in Italy, and are synthetic monofilament fabrics with a perfectly calibrated mesh opening and a reflective surface. At first glance, they look like classic metal fabrics, but their weight and ease of processing and customization make them unique. When applied to glass production, its peculiarities allow Saati style fabrics to generate extraordinary optical effects, and different virtuous behaviors of transmission and filtration of heat and light.
MM was founded as an engineering company in 1955 to design and build the entire metropolitan network of the city of Milan. Today MM is an integrated multi-service company, a center of excellence in the engineering sector with proven experience and a strategic partner in the development, management and reorganization of cities.
Circularity, part of the Innovatec Group, is an innovative start-up, the first industrial symbiosis platform in Italy that connects the players in the waste cycle supply chain to start circular economy paths. Being a benefit corporation, it integrates in its corporate purpose, in addition to profit objectives, the aim of having a positive impact on society and the environment. With a wide and varied range of consulting and training services, Circularity helps companies integrate sustainability into their growth strategy and optimize the consumption of resources.
Haiki+, a part of the Innovatec Group, translates the theories of the circular economy into practice. Haiki+ helps to improve the sustainability of its customers thanks to the optimization of their waste and it’s recovery in a circular perspective, with an authoritative eye on economic aspects and regulation. Thanks to a widespread location of innovative systems and countless collection vehicles on the road, Haiki+ deals with 360° management of waste, ensuring perfect environmental compliance.
Thanks to Geocycle the company part of the worldwide Holcim Group specializes in Waste Management, cement production process is now increasingly sustainable both in terms of saving natural resources, and emissions. Geocycle exhibits examples of non recyclable products that we are able to recover thanks to the proven technology of ‘co-processing’ and utilize existing facilities in the cement industry to resolve waste challenges sustainably.
Zero Motorcycles represents constant innovation applied to the motorcycle world. Combining the best features of traditional motorcycles with advanced, sophisticated technology, the California brand produces high-performance, lightweight, powerful and incredibly fast electric motorcycles. Conceived as an ambitious idea in a Santa Cruz garage, Zero Motorcycles has grown to become an internationally-renowned company in a short time. The result of this transformation is a complete range of revolutionary zero-emission motorcycles that embody a new concept of mobility. At Urban Matter(s) Zero Motorcycles presents the FXE, the bike of the future. The FXE is at the vanguard of design, created in collaboration with Bill Webb, the genius behind San Francisco’s award-winning design studio Huge Design.
Mixcycling, an innovative startup, develops sustainable materials by exploiting the properties of organic fibres derived from production scraps and fusing them with bio-based, recycled or virgin polymers. The objective is to reduce the environmental impact linked to an excessive consumption of traditional fossil-based plastic and to promote a better use of resources according to circular economy principles. Through a patented process, the fibres are selected and milled, then sanitised through a Non-Thermal Plasma (NTP) treatment. The fibres are then mixed with a conventional, biobased and/or biodegradable thermoplastic polymer.
Coffeefrom is a circular and social economy project, which since 2021 transforms coffee grounds of industrial origin - normally disposed in landfills - into new expressive possibilities. With an industrial symbiosis approach, Coffeefrom designs and develops new materials and products, working with a made in Italy supply chain. The first Coffeefrom material is bio-based and it is composed of coffee grounds and biopolymers. With its infinite expressive possibilities, the material comes back to its origin in the first Coffeefrom product: coffee cup and saucer. The evolution of the design to be tasted continues with the Coffeefrom Mug.
Nazena is a material made through a patented process that allows the fibers of textile waste to be recovered in a product upcycling logic. Starting from the garment no longer reusable, cleaned of accessories (buttons, zips, etc.), the fabric is reduced to flakes and reassembled in the form of panels of different thicknesses thanks to a binder of vegetable origin. The panels thus obtained can be used in stands, retail, packaging. In this way, a second life is guaranteed to fabrics that are currently largely not recovered.
It’s in Anglet, France, that the young start-up Arrosia, created by Camille Suarez, a committed designer, manufactures ECOPIN, a 100% biosourced resin made from renewable materials, resistant to water and UV. The company also develops 100% biosourced, recyclable and biodegradable materials based on pine resin and agroforestry co-products. Arrosia relies on short production circuits with 100% bio sourced local raw materials whose traceability is known. The manufacturing processes are energy efficient; the chemistry is soft, and the material has been created to adapt to the existing transformation processes of the market.
Verabuccia is an innovative and patented production process to create a 100% vegetable material starting from the recovery of the external peel of the fruit. Ananasse is the first material proposed by Verabuccia. The material derives from the waste from pineapple processing, exploiting its characteristic texture. In fact, it has a scaly surface, visibly similar to the animal skin of a reptile and with technical characteristics, such as rot-proof, sturdiness, flexibility, which allow the material to be pierced, sewn and dyed in different shades.
Cocoboard® is an innovative, and sustainable, medium density panel made of Coconut husks and natural adhesive. The novel product is developed by NaturLoop, a Swiss-based cleantech and material science company. With its rustic aesthetic, and unique appearance, Cocoboard® boasts enhanced mechanical properties such as moisture resistance, and termite resistance while being ecological, and sustainably sourced. The raw material of the Cocoboard® are coconut husks, an agricultural byproduct, and bio – based adhesive from tannin extracts. Cocoboard® is suitable for furniture and interior architecture.
Gees Recycling recycles fiber-reinforced composites and rigid foam insulation (from construction, refrigerator, prefabricated) previously destined for landfill, producing Recomplax panels that can be processed like wood. The panel has a uniform mass and is totally waterproof, formaldehyde-free, dimensionally stable at all temperatures, and in turn recyclable. The panels are made through a process of re-agglomeration of the particles obtained from mechanical processing, the waste is transformed into panels using a very low percentage of virgin binders (3% c.a.).
Ricehouse is a family of 100% natural materials for green building, including substrates, insulating biomass, mortars and plasters, which incorporate agricultural waste from the rice supply chain. The RH 420 finishing bio-plaster is a composition based on selected clay of the highest quality, natural hydraulic lime, very pure aerial lime and rice husk coming exclusively from Italian rice fields, pigmented through the use of natural earth and marble powders. The finishing bio-plaster RH 120 is instead a composition based on rice husk, hydraulic lime and very pure air lime.
Based in both the Bay Area and Northern Italy, Bioforcetech has developed an energy neutral process that creates a carbon negative base material from sewage sludge and food waste called OurCarbon. This unique material can be applied to create carbon negative structural concrete with higher strength values than baseline mixes and as a black colorant for materials such as inks, plastics, wood stains, paints and more in the place of fossil fuel dependent carbon black.
Manuela Bucci transforms Giovanardi's Raytent fabric to put it to a new use. What was previously used to protect us from the sun now accompanies us around the city in the sun or in the shade, in the park, on our lunch break.
theBreath® is a patented and innovative fabric, designed by Anemotech to retain and break up harmful particles in the air. It thus contributes to the abatement of atmospheric and domestic pollution caused by cars, industrial emissions and heating, and it has antiviral and bacteriostatic properties. The fabric is printable and customizable. Among the most impactful applications on air quality at city level, theBreath® is used in large billboards and construction site fencing systems.
Plust Collection has an outdoor-inside soul able to go beyond any constraint and embrace infinite spaces in which anyone can find their own "buen retiro".
The Italian Lab produces elements and markets street furniture such as CUBE, a bollard designed by integrating theBreath® fabric.