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Iconic Dubai Run set to return to Sheikh Zayed Road on 26th November

OCT 20, 2021

Alexander van 't Riet, CEO of Mai Dubai, said, "For the second year in a row, we are pleased to support the Dubai Run, keeping with our goal of making fitness an active part of the Emirati society's culture. This is part of our commitment to the Dubai Fitness Challenge, which was launched by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Throughout the event, we will provide water at various fitness sites, and in order to properly manage waste, we will collect used bottles for recycling in collaboration with DGrade. Through this participation, Mai Dubai supports Dubai’s goal of becoming one of the most active cities in the world."

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http://wam.ae/en/details/1395302983198

Leading bottled water renews support to Simply Bottles recycling initiative for two consecutive years.

OCT 13, 2021

Mai Dubai announced it is stepping up its support to DGrade's ‘Simply Bottles’ programme through sponsorship of Simply Bottles School Recycling Challenge for the school year 2021-2022. The company has been an active partner of DGrade, a manufacturer of eco-friendly clothing, for the past two years, to help raise awareness on the importance of recycling plastic water bottles through engaging with teachers, students and parents across schools in Dubai.

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https://www.wasterecyclingmea.com/news/plastic-recycling/mai-dubai-steps-up-efforts-to-educate-youth-on-environmental-sustainability-in-partnership-with-dgrade

Body & Mind Season 6 - Episode 1 - 2021

OCT 12, 2021

Discussing sustainability and recycling with Simply Bottles.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic41_UzURyQ&t=1017s

Mai Dubai steps up efforts to educate youth on environmental sustainability in partnership with DGrade

OCT 12, 2021

Leading bottled water renews support to Simply Bottles recycling initiative for two consecutive years

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http://www.arabbnews.com/english/Latest-News.asp?id=15169

STORY Hospitality Strengthens its Sustainability Initiative

SEP 27, 2021

The H Dubai received The Green Key Certification for 2021 by the Emirates Green Building Council. The hotel has implemented the use of green cards and green stickers in the room to conserve energy and water. The property has also introduced Super Green Vouchers through which guests can choose not to have their room cleaned for the day. In return, they receive a voucher which can be redeemed at the hotel or donated for a charitable cause. The H Dubai has recently partnered with DGrade, a sustainable manufacturing company based in Dubai that recycles used plastic water bottles turning it into high-quality clothing and accessories. All polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles consumed at The H Dubai are directly given to DGrade to be recycled. 

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https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/press-releases/story/STORY_Hospitality_Strengthens_its_Sustainability_Initiative-ZAWYA20210927104651/

Gulf Sustainability Awards 2021 Winners

SEP 21, 2021

We are proud to present the winners of the Gulf Sustainability Awards 2021. DGrade wins Gold for Best Sustainability Education or Awareness Programme

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https://gulfsustainabilityawards.com/winners-and-finalists-2021

Startups, SMEs account for 40 per cent of Dubai Science Park’s business partners

SEP 08, 2021

Dubai Science Park, the region’s first science-focused business district, has seen the number of startups and SMEs in its community reach 40 per cent as an entrepreneurship drive strengthens the UAE’s position as an innovation hub....

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https://www.mediaoffice.ae/en/news/2021/September/08-09/Startups-SMEs-account-for-40-per-cent-of-Dubai-Science-Parks-business-partners

Recycling Internationals Top 100

AUG 10, 2021

Meeting the recycling pioneers: Top 100 - and DGrade's on the list!

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https://recyclinginternational.com/plastics/meet-the-plastic-pioneers-in-our-top-100/45579/

Closing the loop with Yas Marina Circuit

AUG 01, 2021

Closing the loop by recycling plastic into uniforms with Yas Marina Circuit and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix...read the article on page 28

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https://logisym.org/logisym-supply-chain-magazine-august-2021/

Q&A: Emeraude’s expansion into recycled polymers

JUL 27, 2021

France-based polymers trading company Emeraude recently invested in UAE-based recycled fabric manufacturer DGrade to facilitate its expansion into the recycled polymers market.

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https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2238140-qa-emeraudes-expansion-into-recycled-polymers

INSIGHT: France's Emeraude taps into emerging markets' recycling growth

JUL 23, 2021

France-headquartered global polymers distributor Emeraude’s newly-created division for recycling will aim to tap in to the local markets of emerging economies, where the industry’s implementation is lagging, according to the recently-appointed managing director of Emeraude Green.

Benoit de Chanaleilles is the first head of Emeraude Green and said that recycling investments in emerging markets needs to grow in the coming years, and Emeraude will aim to build develop its technology at the local level to potentially export the products to global markets in the future.

De Chanaleilles cited the recent deal signed with UAE-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle recycler DGrade as an example of the growing local interest in the recycling market.

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https://www.icis.com/explore/resources/news/2021/07/23/10666648/insight-france-s-emeraude-taps-into-emerging-markets-recycling-growth

THE PLASTICS PARADOX : FACTS FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE

JUL 03, 2021
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https://www.facebook.com/RPNCagayandeOro1368/videos/4147071988745527

Polymers distributor Emeraude invests in recycled fabric manufacturer DGrade

JUN 29, 2021

This partnership will help address the global plastics waste problem

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https://gulfnews.com/business/company-releases/polymers-distributor-emeraude-invests-in-recycled-fabric-manufacturer-dgrade-1.1624888029420

Dubai plastic waste-to-clothes startup looks to KSA

JUN 27, 2021

DGrade was established by Kris Barber in 2010 to address the vast amount of plastic water bottles being produced in the UAE. The company converts ...

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https://www.arabnews.com/node/1882556/business-economy

DGrade announced as a finalist for the Gulf Sustainability Awards Best Sustainability Education or Awareness Programme...

JUN 24, 2021

DGrade announced as a finalist for the Gulf Sustaibility Awards Best Sustainability Education or Awareness Programme...

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https://gulfsustainabilityawards.com/finalists-announced

Star International Mirdif launches "Ocean Ambassadors" programme for students as part of its ocean cleaning

JUN 21, 2021

Star International School Mirdif recently took part in the “Simply Bottles” plastic bottle recycling campaign, where ten different schools participated and helped in recycling over 150,000 bottles within just six weeks. The school was particularly proud to be ranked the third position in the recycling competition which further reinforced its commitment to instill the values of environment sustainability within children from a young age.

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https://www.zawya.com/mena/en/press-releases/story/Star_International_Mirdif_launches_Ocean_Ambassadors_programme_for_students_as_part_of_its_ocean_cleaning-ZAWYA20210621103012/

Closing the Loop: DGrade with Yas Marina Circuit

JUN 01, 2021

Over the last decade Yas Marina Circuit has implemented a number of initiatives to improve the sustainability of its venue and events. In 2019 Yas Marina Circuit began working with DGrade to find a sustainable solution for plastic water bottles and cups used during the Formula 1 event. The key goal was to maximize the recovery of PET plastic and close the loop by recycling the plastic into staff uniforms.

DGrade worked with Yas Marina Circuit to identify the most efficient strategy for the collections including placement of bins, recycling display, training facilities management teams, and logistics. DGrade managed the full recovery process and audited the plastic collected.

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https://www.dubaichamber.com/csr-alyoum-newsletter/index.php?newsletter=CSR_AlYoum_MayJun2021#your_book_name/8-9

Star Tech: How a Dubai Startup converts plastics to clothes

MAY 22, 2021

Imagine recycling thousands of plastic bottles and producing clothes out of it.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ixg8CA8vMo&t=6s

Supporting a circular economy in the GCC

MAY 15, 2021

Dubai-based DGrade recycles plastic bottles into high-quality sustainable clothing by way of its Greenspun technology

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https://dgrade.com/files/Gulf%20Business%20May%202021%20Adv.pdf

Meet The Dubai Startups Cutting Waste With Science

MAY 11, 2021

With its state-of-the-art infrastructure, environment-friendly laboratories, and a solar-powered community park with green spaces nearing completion, Dubai Science Park is a district focused on healthcare, energy and the environment.

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https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/371538

Recycling plastics sets the goals for sustainability - DGrade

MAY 01, 2021
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https://issuu.com/jigneshlapasiya/docs/april_-_may_2021

Dubai-based DGrade recycles PET bottles into high-quality sustainable clothing

APR 08, 2021

Its Greenspun technology uses a process whereby plastic bottles are washed, shredded, melted into fibre and then spun into its trademarked Greenspun yarn

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https://gulfbusiness.com/dubai-based-dgrade-recycles-pet-bottles-into-high-quality-sustainable-clothing/

Dubai firm turns plastic bottles into T-shirts and face masks

APR 02, 2021

Dubai firm turns plastic bottles into T-shirts and face masks

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https://www.facebook.com/148788988477345/videos/740858546629166

Mai Dubai partners with school recycling drive #Simply Bottles

MAR 14, 2021

Mai Dubai announced that it has partnered with DGrade to support its ‘Simply Bottles’ recycling initiative for schools. The initiative has been designed to educate, engage and empower children to contribute to sustainability by increasing recovery and recycling rates of plastic bottles in the UAE.

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https://www.wasterecyclingmea.com/news/plastic-recycling/mai-dubai-partners-with-school-recycling-drive-simply-bottles?utm_source=Mailchimp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=News

Think Big

MAR 14, 2021
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https://dgrade.com/img/news/WhatsApp%20Video%202021-03-30%20at%203.52.29%20PM.mp4

Behind the Brand

FEB 15, 2021
  1. Tell us about yourself and what brought you to the UAE.

I moved to the Middle East 10 years ago to take a position as a Director for leading retail fashion brands including Reiss, Lipsy, Koton and New Look. I do love the fashion industry, but the more I learned about the environmental impact of the industry the more I wanted move to a position where I could do something about it. Over consumption and many of the current manufacturing methods are unsustainable.

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https://www.outandaboutmag.com/out-and-about-magazine-issue-1-vol-3/

100% Recycled Plastic Bottles Face Masks

OCT 27, 2020

DGrade has announced the launch of the new Greenspun® Face Mask made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The Dubai based company known for recycling plastic bottles into clothing and accessories developed the reusable fabric face mask to help reduce PPE waste and divert plastic from landfill.

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https://thesustainabilist.ae/100-recycled-plastic-bottles-face-masks/

Afternoons with Helen Farmer - #SimplyBottles Recycling

SEP 24, 2020
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https://dgrade.com/img/plastic/20200924-1600-AF%209%20Simply%20Bottles%20recycling%20initiative%20-%20Kris%20Barber%20(DGrade).mp3

Five useful things made out of recycled plastic bottles: from tote bags to tights

AUG 02, 2020

There is no doubt that consumers are becoming more aware about sustainability and recycling, and the good news is that brands are responding with an increasing number of products that tick those boxes.

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https://www.thenationalnews.com/lifestyle/fashion/five-useful-things-made-out-of-recycled-plastic-bottles-from-tote-bags-to-tights-1.1057518

UAE startup turns single-use plastic bottles into T-shirts

APR 21, 2020

Each UAE resident throws away some 450 plastic bottles per year, according to waste management industry estimates. A simple calculation based on the most recent data (2011) puts the country’s aggregate annual waste at 4.3 billion bottles, with only a fraction of those recycled. The rest goes to landfills, where it takes anywhere from 450 to 1,000 years to decompose. UAE-based DGrade is doing its bit for the environment by turning discarded plastic bottles into activewear, caps, bags and even reusable coffee cups. 

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https://almaktouminitiatives.org/en/middle-east-exchange/story/uae-startup-turns-single-use-plastic-bottles-into-t-shirts

A Drop-by-drop Approach to Sustainable Future

MAR 10, 2020
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DGrade Launches Official Expo 2020 Dubai T-shirt Collection Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

MAR 04, 2020

DGrade announces its first collection of Official Expo 2020 Dubai apparel and headwear made from recycled plastic bottles is now available to purchase. Featuring the logo of what will be the largest event ever to be staged in the Arab world, all products are made from plastic water bottles, thus preventing the plastic from going to landfill.

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http://thesustainabilist.ae/dgrade-launches-official-expo-2020-dubai-t-shirt-collection-made-from-recycled-plastic-bottles/

School Visits with EDA

MAR 01, 2020
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https://dgrade.com/public/files/EDA%20March%20Issue%20Page%2011%202020.pdf

Emirates Environmental Group talks sustainable fashion in Dubai

FEB 21, 2020

Sustainable fashion is possible. It only has to start with being conscious of waste segregation, more of the walk-the-talk on collaborative efforts between and among individuals, and political will.

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https://www.gulftoday.ae/news/2020/02/20/emirates-environmental-group-talks-sustainable-fashion-in-dubai

How DGrade is addressing plastic waste in Dubai

DEC 24, 2019

 The UAE has one of the highest consumption rates of bottled water in the world, standing at 450 billion bottles per year. That’s a lot in comparison to the world where people are moving to reusable bottles and cups. 

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https://www.sme10x.com/entrepreneurship-2/how-dgrade-is-addressing-plastic-waste-in-dubai

Dubai Chamber organises largest CSR-focused conference “Dubai Dialogue 2019”

NOV 04, 2019

DUBAI: A growing number of UAE companies are integrating sustainable innovation into their business models and reaping the benefits as they enhance their competitiveness, industry experts explained during the Dubai Dialogue 2019 which took place in the emirate earlier today.

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https://www.biztoday.news/2019/11/04/dubai-chamber-organises-largest-csr-focused-conference-dubai-dialogue-2019/

WETEX 2019 : Zero-waste, carbon neutral, plastic-free in the UAE

OCT 21, 2019
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https://www.dubaieye1038.com/podcasts/the-agenda-podcast/

Dubai to Host Concert Promising Zero Carbon Emissions — Using Controversial Fuel

SEP 27, 2019

A Dubai concert is promising to Rock the World but not the planet. Still, the show is being powered by a controversial fuel that some say isn’t so green.

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https://karmaimpact.com/dubai-to-host-concert-promising-zero-carbon-emissions-using-controversial-fuel/

Tripartite MoU between ZHO, Musanada, Tadweer

SEP 18, 2019

ABU DHABI, 18th September 2019 (WAM) - Zayed Higher Organisation for People of Determination signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding with Abu Dhabi General Services Company, Musanada, and the Abu Dhabi Center for Waste Management, Tadweer, concerning a cooperative mechanism to achieve vocational and operational rehabilitation of people of determination within the National Empowerment Policy.

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https://wam.ae/en/details/1395302787717

First 100% environmentally sustainable rock concert coming to Dubai

SEP 12, 2019

When it comes to rock concerts, we’re always onboard. And knowing that it isn’t harming the environment in any way only makes us want to rock out even harder.

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https://www.timeoutdubai.com/things-to-do/415585-first-100-environmentally-sustainable-rock-concert-coming-to-dubai

Dubai is set to host the first fully sustainable rock concert.

SEP 10, 2019
We'll speak to the man behind it. Karl Feilder is the Chairman & CEO of The Neutral Group
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https://omny.fm/shows/businessbreakfast/the-neutral-group-10-09-2019?fbclid=IwAR3WG8_LBcFptAPuMUIAci9Q39_yqzMguuGLErbiK89x5pRpcgZmxvGW2-A

Dubai to host 100% environmentally sustainable rock concert

SEP 09, 2019

Dubai is set to host the first fully sustainable rock concert. We'll speak to 
the man behind it. Karl Feilder is the Chairman & CEO of The Neutral Group.

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https://www.arabianbusiness.com/culture-society/427619-dubai-to-host-100-environmentally-sustainable-rock-concert

UAE Firms Aim to Aid Kingdom in Fight Against Rising Plastic Waste Problem

AUG 29, 2019

As the United Arab Emirates grapples with growing plastic pollution from its rapidly-rising population, two local companies say they can help tackle the crisis.....Another local company, DGrade, is the first in the region to manufacture clothing from recycled plastic. DGrade shreds discarded plastic bottles and turns them into yarn to make high-quality polyester fabrics or blends. 

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https://karmaimpact.com/uae-firms-aim-to-aid-kingdom-in-fight-against-rising-plastic-waste-problem/

Supporting a small business revolution

AUG 26, 2019

A central mission of Expo 2020 is the stimulation of innovation and entrepreneurship capable of driving economic diversification and sustainable development. The encouragement of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) has consequently emerged as a natural evolution of the exposition’s tenets.....One example is DGrade....

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https://www.meed.com/supporting-a-small-business-revolution/

THE EXPO 2020 SHIRTS WILL BE MADE OUT OF RECYCLED PLASTIC!

JUL 25, 2019

Yas, plastic can be made into T-shirts. Who knew?!

Regardless of whether you may or may not have heard of clothing manufacturer DGrade, you will be surprised by the things they do.

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https://www.ahlanlive.com/expo-2020-shirts-made-out-of-recycled-plastic-dgrade-639946.html

Save the planet by wearing plastic: Turning plastic into clothes in Dubai; watch video

JUL 24, 2019

Plastic can actually be good

I love plastic. Don’t hate me for that. And here’s my second confession: I’ve just got myself a “quick dri” t-shirt that’s made of 10 recycled PET (plastic) bottles, a cap for my son made from six recycled bottles and a cloth bag that was made out of anything between 10 to 40 recycled plastic water bottles. Did I hear you say plastic is bad for our oceans and deserts? That we should stop using it completely? Contrary to popular belief, plastic has a low carbon foot print, it is safe and hygienic and it is meant to be recycled, and not dumped. And that’s why we need to stop trashing it around and instead, recycle and reuse it in the form of garments and accessories, just like I did.

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https://gulfnews.com/uae/save-the-planet-by-wearing-plastic-turning-plastic-into-clothes-in-dubai-watch-video-1.1563885320199

Studio M Arabian Plaza Hotel & Hotel Apartments dedicated to recycling

JUN 25, 2019
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http://www.ttgmena.com/studio-m-arabian-plaza-hotel-hotel-apartments-dedicated-to-recycling/

Going beyond supplying water, MonViso’s managing director Stefano Iorini

JUN 16, 2019
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https://www.hotelnewsme.com/news/going-beyond-supplying-water-monvisos-managing-director-stefano-iorini/

DGrade on World Ocean Day

JUN 09, 2019
To celebrate World Ocean Day, we speak to Kris Barber, CEO of DGrade - a Dubai-based company that’s recycling plastic water bottles – turning them INto t-shirts, and keeping them OUT of the sea. Listen here...
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https://omny.fm/shows/businessbreakfast/dgrade-09-06-2019

Announcing the Finalists of the 2019 Katerva Awards

APR 15, 2019
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https://katerva.net/news/10-announcing-the-finalists-of-the-2019-katerva-awards

Agthia’s long-term environmental sustainability goals is not just pushing a button, but also keeping track of it

MAR 02, 2019
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http://www.packagingmea.com/agthias-long-term-environmental-sustainability-goals-is-not-just-pushing-a-button-but-also-keeping-track-of-it/

Dubai92 Kibsons Recycling Challenge Powered by Simply Bottles

JAN 11, 2019
Online: Instagram and Website
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https://www.instagram.com/p/BsfcF5HAL4J/