Category Archives: Corporate Social Responsibility

The Basics of “Watergy” for Countries without Pants

Stockholm June 15, 2012

Container Deposit Legislation [CDL] is soon to be adopted throughout the European Union and it would do best building on the success of the CDL in Sweden. The aim of CDL is to improve the efficiency of recycling, reducing the impact at the landfill, it targets beverage packaging sorting, where a nominal deposit provides an economic incentive to clean it up. By taking the packaging back to the supermarket or recycling center the bearer may redeem the deposit.

Practically all consumption-ready soft drinks, alcohol and other cold beverages sold in Sweden have a deposit or “pant”. A pant is often mistakenly referred to as a tax. “A pant is not a tax because you get it back” Says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker “and now, its not only beverages, many kinds of aseptic packaging may also now carry pants”. Continue reading

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SOLIDEA’s Waterworks for Guinea

Conakry May 17, 2012

Women and Children in a colorful queue of water buckets and bowls in a Conakry suburb yesterday. The power is on between 9pm and midnight and with it comes the water. This filling station is free, water is available elsewhere in Conakry, but its not free, “Without energy there is no Water Says” SOLIDEA’s Roland Montagnon. “and the shortage of energy means there is often only a chance for water twice a day. Continue reading

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WE, Green Swedes and Undersink Renewables

Malmo, May 16, 2012

A Garbage Disposal Unit Circa 1969

“There is nothing greener than a garbage disposal unit in modern plumbing. At SOLIDEA Group we are asking our real estate development clients not to forget them in their projects” says SOLIDEA’s Steve Walker. “The good old fashioned waste disposal unit is really making a come back in WE [Waste Etiquette] and developments which promote such innovation are cutting edge despite old hat technology”.

Foodwaste or organic waste accounts for 15-20% of all household garbage in Europe and the Middle East, garbage sorting and recycling at home increases the biological quantity and the potential for Methane. That’s really bad news because it is this content that causes Methane in the landfill site and its dirty garbage that makes the garbage sorting business the mess that is today. Continue reading

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Bauxite Over The Breadline

Kamsar May 7, 2012

Guinea [known as French Guinea] West Africa is the home of some 25% of all of the worlds exploitable Bauxite reserve. However the People of Guinea are some of the poorest in Africa; a lack of available energy means their Bauxite is sold for others to manufacture Aluminium.

With the advent of  low cost renewable energy Guinea is now destined to become one of the richest countries in Africa and because of its mineral wealth. Continue reading

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Renewable Water for Guinea’s Ignace Deen

Conakry April 23, 2012

The Ignace Deen Hospital is a colonial public hospital in Conakry Guinea, a relic of the 18th Century. Conakry has two public hospitals to serve the 2 million or so inhabitants, the Ignace Deen and the Donka. Both hospitals best described as unreliable are however the only alternatives for the poor people of Conakry. Continue reading

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Greenlight for Moonlight

Phnom Penh Arpil 5, 2012

Moonlight

Moonlight

Since “Moonlight” has been a tremendous success in rural Cambodia Jim Gramberg and his team have now been given the “green light” for international expansion to ensure long term product sustainability and growth. The SOLIDEA global team are primarily looking to find new markets in West and Central Africa for Moonlight.

The “Moonlight” is manufactured by Kamworks it is being promoted as a children’s homework light it gives light to thousands of young Cambodians where there was none, Moonlight is a big hit with adults too and as the project manufactures Moonlight in rural Cambodia it provides work and an important role model to the local economy. Continue reading

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