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Building new networks in industrial symbiosis

Companies are becoming part of each other’s business ecosystems.

We are at the dawn of a completely new circular economy.


As more and more companies are processing their effluent discharges and recovering raw materials from their production wastewater, it is becoming apparent that many have a lot to gain from connecting with others in the circular economy. Synergies can be generated by forming cross-sector networks that enable a more circular use of resources. 

When strong forces unite in a common cause, it often spurs innovation and inspires humanity’s proudest moments. A recent example of this was during the pandemic, when a vaccine was developed in record time and saved countless lives… thanks to companies that acted proactively without waiting to be told. 

Manufacturing companies moved swiftly with a combination of professionalism and goodwill to redirect their operations to produce materials that would prevent the spread of infection.

Suppliers adapted and developed new systems to ensure that even those in greatest danger had access to vital raw materials. 

All this was made possible by many different players from various levels of society interacting and collaborating in new and innovative ways. In the same way, it is possible for all of us who are engaged in water stewardship to find shared solutions and work collaboratively. Companies can contact each other and place requirements on local authorities and decision-makers to facilitate matching.

Environmental technology companies such as Vilokan also have an important role to play in communicating, liaising and inspiring participation. Industrial symbiosis will lead to far more remarkable results than we can envision today. Concerted efforts enable the growth of positive forces. 

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