Clear vision for the Breton start-up
Three young entrepreneurs based in Plougonvelin, near Brest in Finistère (Brittany) transform abandoned nylon fishing nets into sunglasses.
Their company, Fil & Fab, uses bales of damaged netting otherwise destined for a dumpster, to be burned or buried (at great environmental cost), with up to 2.5 tonnes that would be dumped each week. They first untangle the threads to make sure they don’t mix the required polyamide with other plastics.
“In the two years that followed the creation of the company following a student product design project, the start-up has already recycled 10 tonnes of nets”
“We break the fishing nets down into small fibers, which allows them to be put in the granulator. He then makes a large paste, from which we can extract granules, ”said Yann Louboutin, one of the co-founders. Franceinfo.
The company has patented its granules under the Nylo brand and the resulting raw materials are already used in a collection of sunglasses made in partnership with the famous Breton fashion brand Armor Lux and Acuitis eyewear, as well as a new “Concept watch”, produced by Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin.
The company has other projects underway, notably in the nautical and plastics industries, added Mr. Louboutin.
Horticulturalists happy with the trigger
The municipal gardeners of Pau (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) have taken up arms to fight against the multiplication of processionary caterpillars (pine processionary moths), which are harmful to host pines, as well as to dogs – pets are especially susceptible to allergic reactions that cause swelling of the tongue.
Using paintball guns, in early June they threw capsules filled with female pheromones on trees to disorientate males, reducing reproduction rates by up to 90%. In total, around 1,500 capsules were shot at 150 trees throughout the city.
Rouen artisans win a vehicle grant
The town hall of Rouen (Seine-Maritime, Normandy) has voted to grant financial assistance of up to € 2,000 to artisans (craftsmen, or traders) who need to buy a less polluting van for their work.
If they do not change vehicles, they will no longer be able to work in a perimeter, called ZFE (low emission zone, or low emission zone), which comes into force in the city next July.
Certain vehicles will be banned, including light commercial vehicles and diesel trucks older than December 31, 2005.
“By 2022, the perimeter will be extended to around fifteen municipalities in the Rouen metropolis and then extended even further in 2023 for all individuals,” said the mayor of Rouen and president of the metropolis, Nicolas Mayer-Rossignol.
Tour of Brittany by zero waste bike
A Breton cyclist embarked on an exhausting 1,500 km “zero waste” bike ride around Brittany. Claire Cariou has launched the epic challenge “Tro Breizh Zéro Déchet” to promote her association Côté Waste.
During 10 weeks, she visited more than 40 places including businesses, shops, schools, local communities, restaurants and tourist sites, which used alternative ways of working to reduce their waste.
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