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International award for a humanitarian project

The NGO World Vision has awarded Sustainable Technologies with the most versatile design   of a low-cost modular latrine, which nevertheless complies with all the requirements of the EN 16194:2012 standard. The design includes the following additional aspects, not considered in the said norm:

a) The structure is capable of resisting a Cat. I hurricane.

b) It is possible to adapt it to the different cultural preferences (sitting or squatting) and water availability (dry WC but with a flush system), depending on the instalaltion in  Subsaharian Africa,  S.E. Asia or remote zones of Latin America.

c) It separes the urine from the faeces, in order to employ the first ones for fertirrigation and to sanificate the second with 3 different methods, depending on the context.

d) The construction employs  panels pre-fabricated on site, using vegetal fibres agglomerated with Portland cement. The C balance is neutral.

Jury of the Adriano Olivetti Award

Diploma Giuria Premio Adriano Olivetti 2015
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Sustainable Technologies’s CEO, Mario A. Rosato, was nominated one of the jurymen to decide the  Adriano Olivetti Award, 2015. The contest, organized by the Italian Association of Educators (AIF), intends to honour companies, institutes and individual characterized by the excellence in educational projects. There are ten categories of awards in which each project can compete. The award ceremony will take place in Florence on 3rd December 2015, within the 1st Congress on New Education for Renewed Business.

Electronic waste recycling conference in Orlando

New technology for e-waste recycling

Mario A. Rosato and Simon Greer, winners of the CEA-Innocentive challenge on e waste recycling  (recovering lead from CRT glass) present their solutions during the E-Scrap conference in Orlando, USA. Panel moderator Allison Schumacher, Policies Senior Manager of CEA (Consumer Electronics Association). With thanks to Mrs. Julie North for the video recording. Presentation in PDF available on request, please fill in the form.

International Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Award

Partners in Protecting the Planet (PPP) has awarded Sustainable Technologies the bronze prize to the excellence in corporate social responsibility (CSR) , in the category “INTERNATIONAL”.

The award ceremony took place in London, on board of the HMS Belfast , on 29th July 2013

Download the press release here. Know more about the CSR Excellence Award here.


Innocentive-CEA prize to the best technology to recycle cathodic ray tubes

Our technology wins the first prize from the Consumer Electronics Association and Innocentive among 357 proposals from all the world

The problem: 

With the diffusion of the plasma and LCD screens, the old cathodic ray tube (CRT) is slowly disappearing.  Milions of TV sets and monitors will have to be recycled. The CRT is made of glass with about 30% lead, becoming thus a material  difficult to place in the market of the recycling or reuse. Furthermore, within 10 years there will be no more  production of CRTs, hence no more demand for recycling them, so it is necessary to develop a process that does not require high investment, in order to build leaded glass recycling facilities that will surely have a short life.

Our solution:

It consists of a low cost chemical process that allows recovering the lead oxyde, which has an intereting market value and constant demand because it is the main material to make car  batteries , paints and other products. The process requires very little energy, simple machinery and, most important, does not emit lead neither in water nor in the atmosphere.

Press releases:

web of Innocentive:

web of CEA (Consumer Electronics Association):

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Environmental Defense Fund / Innocentive Award

Biological capture of nitrogen by means of bamboo


The rain washes away the fertilizers, flowing till the rivers, lakes and sea. The increase in the concentration of nutrients leads then to euthrophization phenomena.

Our solution:

A drain system collects the water with nutrients and a pump brings them to a plantation of bamboo disposed as a belt around the plot’s perimeter. The bamboo works as a biofilter.  In this way the fertilizers washed away by the rain are recycled to grow giant bamboo with several food and industrial scopes. With less ploughed area the same quantity of crops is produced, because the hydric stress on the plants is reduced. Furthermore it is possibile to harvest the bamboo shoots and canes all year round, because it is a perennial crop.