Environmental start-up company Wastewater Science has launched a crowdfunding campaign on ZAAR to help slash the world’s carbon footprint from just €5.
The company is aiming to build a compact wastewater treatment unit to clean up the environment. This will be a prototype unit that can process animal waste, which is the number one source of environmental degradation. This unique project targets the issue of nutrient runoff resulting from organic waste disposal in animal farming. It also aims to recycle water.
Wastewater Science was founded in June 2016, and was fostered during the 2015 Maltese Climate KIK Competition, where it won first place following a review by a panel of scientists and business professionals. Established in Malta, the company uses the island’s unique geographical position and size as a sample of the Mediterranean region and the EU for research and logistics. This approach gives this crowdfunding project a solid and international perspective.
If successfully funded, this campaign has the potential to make an impact on global environment and climate change. Among its many benefits, it will help to reduce greenhouse emissions resulting from animal waste disposal, and it will help reduce the carbon footprint of disposal processes. The resulting products are nutrients for fertiliser and clean water that is suitable for irrigation and washing, produced through a process that uses no additive chemicals and relies on a natural microbial process.
Dr Joseph Buhagiar and Mr Bryan Ogden, directors of Wastewater Science, have explained that, “unfortunately, the exponential increase in farm production worldwide over the last few decades has out-performed our methods in dealing with the waste produced. Runoff from current disposal practices is a leading cause of public waters becoming polluted with algae blooms or green slime, with one obvious result being that the nutrients from runoff get into groundwater and waterways.
Image: Dr. Joseph Buhagiar and Mr. Bryan Ogden
“The consequences of intensified animal production worldwide have also led to huge environmental pressures that are largely invisible to the average person. For instance, greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture are greater than those from all sectors of transportation combined, which is why this product is so important.”
The campaign is now live on ZAAR, and Wastewater Science has until the 26th October to raise an initial €10,000 to help build the prototype.
Speaking about the project, ZAAR manager Matthew Caruana said he was delighted that the platform had been the chosen space for such an innovative start-up. “Since its inception, ZAAR has aimed to attract business ideas that have the potential to positively impact individuals and society. This project can make a huge difference to the environment globally, and we are happy to be supporting it. Moreover, we encourage the public to help fund this fantastic initiative by backing the project, and to make the most of the great rewards on offer for backers.”