The winner of the European Competition is the Greek social enterprise RESTIA. Its owners are Dimitris and Chrysa and you can find more information on www.restia.gr.
It all started with identifying that human hair absorbs and holds oil 8 times its own weight. While experimenting with it and putting an entrepreneurial aspect to it, we created the social enterprise RESTIA. Through a nationwide network of hair salons and pet salons, we are collecting hair clippings from both humans and animals, and weave them into a natural hair mat, which can soak up oil. This hair mat can be used as a natural absorbent of oil spills in seas, lakes or anywhere in the environment. The product of RESTIA is highly innovative and can be applied anywhere in the world providing numerous advantages to its current competitors. One, is that our product is completely biological with no chemical additives to it, allowing us to work with the environment and not against it.
We are very happy to have won and we wish all the best and good luck to the other contestants.