Promoter: Circular Blue, Lda.Partners:
Universidade dos Açores
Universidade do Minho
AD AIR Centre - Associação para o Desenvolvimento do Atlantic International Research Centre
AEP - Associação Empresarial de Portugal, Câmara de Comércio e Indústria
Visual Thinking - Digital Organization, Lda.
PCTTER - Associação Parque de Ciência e Tecnologia da Ilha Terceira
EEA Grants: 369.583,00€
Total Amount: 434.803,00€Programme:
Marine litter is one of the main environmental problems facing the Ocean and the Azores archipelago is not immune to this global issue.
Considering the socio-economic role of the fishing sector in the Azores, the Azores EcoBlue project aims to use and develop new and innovative raw materials, transforming the marine litter resulting from this activity, which is currently little or not valued in this Region, into a “supplier” market of excellence.
Together with local communities, it aims to collect the litter and waste from fishing activity and proceed with its characterization, quantification and processing, the results of which will be presented on a platform for sharing statistical data.
Subsequently, through scientific studies, it aims to develop yarns and fibers that can be transformed and used as raw material in fabrics and insulation blankets for use in the construction sector. A prototype model of an Ecolodge with the new products will also be created.
The project will benefit consumers looking for efficient eco-design solutions, as it will offer exclusive recycled eco-design products. The accommodation sector will also benefit from the ecolodge model/prototype to be developed, and other regions can replicate this business model, applicable on a global scale, where marine litter is a reality.