Sustainable Business Hub

Verapark – a large lab with recycled material

By unlocking traditional business models within the waste sector, Verapark creates a triple-helix model of innovation between private owned and public owned companies together with the academic world.

A large lab
Verapark is a greenhouse for environment-related development and innovation where companies operating in Verapark´s area receive help with exposure, contacts, collaborations and establishment with links to the academic world. Verapark also has the access to the pragmatic recovery at NSR; in short a large lab in nature with recycled materials.

Make more
Verapark works hard to make the most out of the resources already extracted by creating circular flows. This can involve finding business models for reuse, finding new user areas for waste and/or developing brand new products. For example:
– Chip boards with alternative fossil-free binders instead of formaldehyde has been developed.
– Household plastic is converted into railway slipers.
– Food waste is converted into biogas. When making biogas, sustainable fertilizer is extracted.

A way of thinking
Here, effective waste recycling cycles are established and exposed. Through contacts and collaborations between business, academia and public sector, competence is regenerated and shared. Verapark is more than a physical location – a way to think and act.


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