4 APRIL 2024
Driving Sustainable Innovation: Valiant's Collaboration with UNSW

Under the leadership of Michael Sternberg and Brian Lindeman, Valiant chose to throw our support behind Professor Veena Sahajwalla's groundbreaking work in recycling science at UNSW. Her concept of 'microrecycling', targeting the regeneration of materials at a granular level, resonates deeply with our commitment to sustainability.

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Veena explained that the idea behind microrecycling emerged from recognising the need to address waste at a granular level. While traditional recycling often deals with large components like steel from shredded cars, microrecycling targets smaller components like those found in batteries, aiming to regenerate and reuse various elements. This innovative approach is conducted in microfactories, decentralised facilities promoting sustainable practices.

Veena Sahajwalla's vision resonates with our sustainability goals. With our transition to a paperless inventory system in 2020 and our attainment of carbon neutrality by 2022, Valiant transformed its business model to incorporate furniture made from recycled plastics, making this project particularly compelling for us.
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The collaboration between Valiant and UNSW marks a notable advancement in sustainability endeavors. We're actively funding initiatives focused on furniture recycling and repurposing materials from large events, showcasing our commitment to environmental stewardship. Additionally, we're partnering with organisations like the Purpose Conference to foster dialogues and drive initiatives for positive environmental and social change.

Our collaboration with UNSW isn't just about business; it's about contributing to a larger cause. Through UNSW's initiatives like piloting real-world testing for battery microrecycling, they're leading the charge towards a more sustainable future.
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 In Michael's words, “It may sound like a cliché, but it feels good to be part of something bigger. Doing something to help the environment by donating to the research being undertaken by Veena and her team, and by leading a company to be truly sustainable and carbon-neutral—that is very important to me. There is so much more for us to accomplish at Valiant and I am very hopeful that our partnership with UNSW will help us to continue making big, sustainable strides.”

As we forge ahead, we aim to inspire others in the industry to join us on the journey. By showcasing the benefits of sustainable practices and driving widespread adoption of green technologies, we envision a future where sustainability is the norm, not the exception. 


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In a world where furniture waste reaches staggering levels, sustainability is paramount. As event organizers increasingly prioritize sustainability alongside style, Valiant remains at the forefront, driving positive change within the furniture industry and beyond.

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