Geofabrics’ recycled geotextile wins global sustainability award

Geofabrics’ bidim Green is the only geotextile in Australia produced with recycled Australian plastics.

Geotextile material produced with recycled plastics has won Australian company Geofabrics a highly commended position for ‘Most Innovative Solution for Sustainability’ at IFS‘ global Change for Good Sustainability Awards.

The global enterprise software provider, IFS announced the winners of its inaugural IFS Awards on Monday. The Awards are designed to recognise sustainability excellence across IFS’ customer base worldwide.

The 36 nominations from across the globe were reviewed by an expert judging panel that included Lewis Pugh, the United Nations Patron of the Oceans.

The ‘Most innovative solution for sustainability’ category was won by Eco Spindles, a Sri Lanka-based pioneer in manufacturing recycled, top-quality monofilaments for cleaning tools, and yarn for fabric manufacturers worldwide.

The highly commended category for this award was shared between Australian company, Geofabrics, and Sweden’s Derome.

Geofabrics’ vision is to be the Australian leader in providing sustainable solutions for a better world. Geofabrics has collaborated with suppliers of Australian recycled PET plastics (plastic bottles), and use this recycled PET raw material to manufacture its high-tech geotextiles.

Geofabrics’ bidim Green is the only geotextile in Australia produced with recycled Australian plastics, ultimately addressing the increasing call for greater sustainability in the Australian construction and infrastructure industry. bidim Green nonwoven geotextiles provide an effective, economical and sustainable solution to a range of engineering problems including weak soil, rutted and cracked roads and liquid and gas leaks from landfill sites.

Geofabrics uses IFS as its Enterprise Resource Planning software across almost every aspect of the organisation. The IFS data driven dashboards gives the business the ability to quantify the bottles saved from landfill and waterways and during 2020 this figure was over 11 million. Based on current usage estimates, the production of bidim Green will remove around 1,700 tonnes of CO2 annually and more than 1,000 tons of plastic.

Based in Sweden, The Derome Group processes by-products from the forest and sawmills into biofuel and new energy. It is a major producer of biofuel and provides housing and businesses with bio-energy. 

Rolls Royce UK won the Best use of IFS technology in a sustainability initiative award, for using IFS in realising the Rolls-Royce ‘Intelligent Engine’ vision. The highly commended entry in this category was Urban Remedy, US, an organic food company that blends ancient medicinal principals with modern culinary innovation.

The winner of the Journey of transformation to a sustainable business award was Dutch heating and ventilation business, Climate for Life.  With a mission to create more comfortable, healthy and energy-efficient indoor climates, Climate for Life is on a journey to actively contribute to reducing its customers’ CO2 through its technology. US provider of clean fuel solutions Hexagon Agility was highly commended for this award. 

Other Award winners included organic cereal and granola bar producer, Nature’s Path; US company, Associa; and Ireland’s Wrightbus for its zero-emission bus movement; and Löfbergs, the Swedish coffee group.

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