Treat, Reuse, Extract, Create, and Repeat! The circular economy explained using the water cycle as an example

Accessible fresh water plays a critical role in the emerging circular economy, which – simply put – is the opposite of the “take, make, dispose” economy we know today. Instead the circular economy Treats or repairs consumed and polluted waste streams to a “fit for purpose” level, Extracts nutrients and other valuable resources from waste streams, to create new regenerative products. The United Nations (UN) recently published a report with the title, “Wastewater The Untapped Resource”, which highlights the importance…

Plugging into Silicon Valley from afar

Growing a startup is like building an airplane while in flight, and in a rural state you get to build the airport and runway too! Cerahelix is located in what is known as an “underserved” rural area. One of the best ways we’ve found to raise our profile and meet investors and corporate partners is by participating in accelerators. This is why six months ago we headed to where the action is- Silicon Valley- to participate in the Plug and…

Astronaut’s Water – Making Reclaimed Water More Palatable

Transporting anything into space is extremely expensive, including water.That leaves astronauts drinking a filtered mixture that includes recycled shower water, old astronaut sweat, and urine. So why can’t we do what astronauts can and overcome the stigma of “toilet to tap water”? The phrase “toilet to tap” has become synonymous with the public’s aversion to water reclaimed from domestic sewage. Humans have a deeply ingrained disgust to anything that they associate with human waste even if there is overwhelming evidence that…

Profiles- Summer Interns 2016

This past summer Cerahelix had two interns: Cal Hamilton and Lydia MacKay. Cal worked in the lab as a technician, and Lydia produced marketing content and did administrative work. Both of them worked for Cerahelix prior to this summer. Cal spent his gap year working for Cerahelix after he graduated from Orono High School in 2014. Lydia did administrative work for Cerahelix during the summers when she was in high school; she graduated from John Bapst Memorial High School in…

How can we change from a disposable to a sustainable society?

We live in a disposable society: our clothes and appliances are designed to be used for a short time before they are thrown away and replaced. We use items like cell phones until they break or until a newer model comes out. Plastic bags and bottles are often used once and then thrown away. This disposable mindset reveals itself not only in the disposable consumer items produced by manufacturers, but also in the technologies they use to make them. Filters…

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