Upcycling phosphate rich waste streams to replace fossil-sourced products

What is the Challenge?

Phosphorus is essential for life and is used in fertilizers, flame-retardants and many other chemical products. Each year, about 263 million tons of phosphate rock is open-pit mined and transformed to these products. During and after use, approximately 80% of this phosphorus is then wasted and ends up in waste-water and water bodies leading to pollution, uncontrolled algae growth and major health risks for humans and animals. Both, the unsustainable sourcing of phosphorus as well as the uncontrolled pollution by phosphorus must change, but how?

What is the Solution?