Repurposing Waste Product for Clean Water
Founded in 2018 by Eagle and entrepreneurs Thomas Volinchak and L. Yu Lin, the Tennessee green technology startup company takes aim at unsustainable farming practices as well as water purification. Research studies estimate that roughly 100 million tons of rice husks are produced every year. It is not uncommon for rice farmers to burn or pay a disposal company for the removal of the byproduct; however, these practices frequently result in a large discharge of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
Instead, Glanris collects tons of hulls and transforms the waste into a media capable of purifying water. The green technology startup business uses an oxygen-free manufacturing process to produce its Glanris 901x media, which significantly cuts back on greenhouse emissions compared to traditional methods. Capable of filtering out both organic material and metal contaminants, the media produced by the startup company also possesses the ability to sequester carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Glanris claims that its green technology is cheaper, lighter, and more effective than conventional solutions, which often use environmentally harmful microplastics. The purifying media targets the industrial, municipal, and residential markets and requires no additional equipment to replace existing media.
A Green Solution in the Industry
Market research projects the global water and wastewater treatment market to reach $83 billion by 2023. Green technology companies and businesses like Glanris are tapping into a lucrative market, especially as concern over water scarcity grows in the scientific community. Access to clean water is essential, and startup companies in the industry stand to gain significant support from investors who are seeking a business that addresses important global humanitarian and environmental issues.
About the Author
James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.