The district consists of waste operators, small recovery platforms, artisans and SMEs engaged in the development of materials and manufacturing of reproducts. With the Pilot, it has been enabled the community “LOWaste for action,” a group of more than 200 designers, makers, social cooperatives, NGOs and for profit organizations that has actively taken part in the trial and that in the future may give rise to a real district.
During the project, some sectors have been analyzed in order to develop them in the territory of Ferrara:
- Aggregates from demolition
- Medical textile
- Street furniture and play equipment.
Waste producers and users have been identified for each of the sectors investigated, the necessary permits were requested and different second life products have been already defined.
The Municipality of Ferrara has launched a number of experiments that contemplate the construction of road foundations with recycled aggregates, through the inclusion of environmental criteria in the tenders of the public calls. If the results of the experimentation will be positive, the city will enter into a permanent obligation to use recycled material.
A group of designers involved in the Lowaste 4 action community is also assuming the production of removable, reusable and completely recyclable panels to be realized with secondary raw materials coming from aggregates that will be used in buildings.
About textile, there are already in place contacts with a leading company in the valorization of recycled textiles. Some craftsmen and designers involved in the Lowaste
4 action community have also developed several prototypes of second life products: furniture (chairs, pillows etc..), technical clothing for mountain hiking, beach fashion and footwear.
For more informations, see the Layman’s Report.