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The SDGs, short for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: who hasn’t heard about them? Many Danish businesses are leading the way when it comes to integrating the SDGs in their core business models – proving profitability and sustainability can go hand in hand.

Did you know researchers estimate that more than 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced since the 1950s?

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Take clean-tech recycling company PLASTIX and eyewear company Monoqool, for example. They have each committed to act on SDG 12, which focuses on sustainable consumption and production patterns.

Credits: PLASTIX

PLASTIX recycles post-use plastic fibres from fishnets, trawls and ropes into green plastic. They are now partnering with Danish municipalities with the aim to recycle their post-consumer plastics. This builds a whole new infrastructure that supports circular recycling of plastics for the new circular plastics economy.

"3D printing has certainly been a crucial ingredient in our business success. Today we sell glasses in 1200 stores in 15 countries. We can produce frames that weigh down to 4 grams and which are assembled without the use of a single screw."

Allan Petersen, CEO Monoqool

Credits: Monoqool

Monoqool has taken on a whole other approach. They produce their eyewear using 3D printing, which speeds up product development and helps them stand out in a crowded market. The best part? It only wastes 2% of raw material compared to traditional eyewear production techniques, where 85% of raw material is disposed. They’ve also created the first 3D-printed glasses made of 100% biomaterials. How qool’s that?

We are proud to support both companies as part of our sustainable innovation programmes in Denmark. Through three programmes – SDG Accelerator, AM Sustain and SDG Business Booster – we've supported more than 60 Danish SMEs in innovating and rethinking their businesses to help make them more sustainable and profitable in the future. It’s a win-win.

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