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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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...
Simply Bottles initiative aims to increase plastic recycling
OCT 26, 2017
A new campaign is aiming to increase the amount of plastic bottles that get recycled in the UAE. The Simply Bottles initiative has been launched by eco-friendly clothing manufacturer DGrade, which plans to build the world’s first ‘plastic to yarn’ recycling plant in Dubai. Kris Barber, CEO of DGrade, explains why they chose the Emirates: