Special Mention to EcosMed for the “Olivettian Hub” in Roccavaldina from the Sicily Innovation Award

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The Social Cooperative EcosMed has received one of the three special mentions awarded within the framework of the “Sicily Innovation Award” promoted by the Department of Economic Development of the Sicilian Region and  Digitrend.

This recognition is thanks to the work being carried out, in collaboration with several partners including the MeSSInA Foundation, in the establishment of a bioplastic production hub in Roccavaldina using the waste pulp from the Messina Brewery. This work has been developed also thanks to LIFE RESTART, a project co-financed by the EU under the LIFE Programme.

The initiative took place on Friday, November 24th in Palermo and resulted in the awarding of three particularly innovative companies and the special mention of as many projects.

The hub is termed “Olivettiano” because the semi-industrial production of the new bioplastics, which has been achieved after at least two years of research by the Department of Engineering of UNIME and Crossing Srl, a spin-off of the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems of Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, aims not only for profit— which, however, will be reinvested in the sustainable development of the area— but to “build community”.

In addition to the “Factory'” which will start in the early months of 2024, Roccavaldina will host a research center on biomaterials, pollution, and climate change, and a Fab Lab for the design and development of prototypes of objects in bioplastic. Moreover, strongly innovation-oriented businesses from other territories will be located here, and a process of training local businesses, both new and existing ones, has already been developed and will be further expanded.

The production of the new bioplastics will lead to the creation of new jobs, some of which will be reserved for the most vulnerable segments of the local population.

The special mention

The mention to EcosMed was awarded by the Sicilian Order of Journalists «for having embraced the message of ecological transition, repeatedly emphasized over the years by the European Union, and bringing it to Sicily, in conjunction with the revival of a historic agri-food company in Messina».

The Sicily Innovation Award aims to enhance and promote the work of Sicilian companies, institutions, and individuals attentive to innovation, as an engine for cultural, economic, and social growth, and to recognize those who have distinguished themselves in one or more sectors of the Regional Innovation Strategy – S3.

Innovation is not only understood as technology but encompasses every aspect of human activity and can take various forms, including strategic, product, and organizational innovation.

Since its first edition, the Sicily Innovation Award has rewarded projects and ideas that, starting from the introduction of novelties in production processes, organizational models, human resource management, and land use, have contributed to improving the quality of life and economic and social growth in Sicily.

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