Gulbenkian and Blue Ocean support 13 companies with environmental projects

Edible straws, paint made from bacteria or products that exchange plastic for algae are some of the projects that the Gulbenkian and Blue Ocean foundations have chosen to support with one million euros over three years.

Launched in April, the Blue Bio Value project will support 13 companies from six nationalities, contributing to the required technology, business management capabilities and providing mentors and partners in the sectors of each of the candidates, chosen from among 50 initial proposals.

The project will cover companies from Portugal, Spain, the Netherlands, India, Latvia and Norway, according to a statement released today by the foundations.

Among the companies included are Bluemater, from Porto, which aims to transform polluted effluents into safe water, Futuralga of Spain, which uses biodegradable algae to make products without plastic, and the Norwegian B’Zeos, which manufactures straws of vegetable origin, edible and sugar free.

The challenge for applicants is to create products or services that help reduce pollutant emissions, solve food shortages, replace plastic or meet the needs of older people.

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