Already Working Towards a Circular Economy - Examples in South Australia

Sundrop

The Sundrop System uses a combination of proven technologies to grow high-value crops using seawater and sunlight. The system allows Sundrop to produce more from less; growing pro ts while breaking farming's worsening dependency on freshwater, farmland and fossil fuels. The 20 hectares of greenhouses at Port Augusta will produce 15,000 tonnes of prime truss tomatoes worth tens of millions of dollars a year. The hydroponic operation is located on degraded land not usually considered suitable for agriculture, and is powered by more than 23,000 mirrors focusing the sun’s energy at the top of a 115m tower. The system saves around 16,000 tonnes CO2-eq, 450,000m3 of fresh water and has created more than 150 jobs in a new high tech industry.

 

Peats Soils & Garden Supplies

Peats Soils & Garden Supplies uses waste organic material to produce high quality compost products. They developed their own proprietary process to manufacture Blend 437, a nely-screened humus – the most stable and long-lasting form of organic matter. It has been eld demonstrated to improve crop yield and quality for viticulture, broad-acre and horticulture. Blend 437 has been further re-manufactured into PEATS TAILORMADE Prill, a more advanced product in owable form to allow easy application by farmers through air-seeder equipment during crop sowing. Peats is also upgrading one of their depots to extract additional value from waste organic material, through anaerobic digestion. This generates bioenergy to supply electricity to plant used at the depot, and manufacturing biodiesel to replace fossil fuel use in machinery and trucks.

 

Share N Save

The collaborative – or sharing – economy can facilitate more sustainable resource use through swapping and exchanging things that are surplus or no longer wanted by their owners, and by the lending and sharing of resources. Created by Green Industries SA in 2013, Share N Save is a crowdsourced, online interactive map that shows where sharing and collaborative activities are taking place across South Australia. The mapping software itself is shared as well, released as an open source platform so users can download, modify, update and improve the software. Over 200 groups, activities and events are listed, and categorised according to whether they are about sharing and swapping, doing things together or borrowing, including food swaps, community gardens, bike and car sharing, toy and tool lending libraries and more. In 2017, a feature enabling individuals to list ‘haves’ and ‘wants’ was introduced, allowing individuals to connect to each other, empowering one-to-one connections to share and swap materials and skills. Visit the Share N Save site: www.shareNsave.com.au