Benedikt Neyses
Benedikt Neyses, PhD student in Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology and founder of Mobius. Photo: Erica Lång. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

He wants to take recycling to the next level

Published: 2 October 2017

A global network that in a smart way matches a company's waste with other company's material needs. This is the idea behind the startup Mobius, whose concept is now developed by Benedikt Neyses, a PhD student in Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.

– Our vision is a global network that intelligently connects businesses to find the most valuable recycling opportunities. We believe there is great potential for recycling between industries. For example, Fender Guitars released a series of electric guitars made of wood waste from constructions. An apparently worthless material was then converted into a product sold for $ 2000, says Benedikt Neyses, PhD student at Wood Science and Engineering at Luleå University of Technology in Skellefteå, and founder of Mobius.

Benedikt Neyses continues to explain how the matching of materials works.

– Let's say we have a number of companies in different industries. Company A submits a material offer to Mobius. Mobius processes the application and searches all material applications submitted by users and finds company B as the best match. This is based on an algorithm that takes into account different economic and environmental parameters.

Circular economy

The industries that are considered to be of particular interest are currently textiles, bioresources (such as wood, paper, natural fibers, biofuels) and the construction industry. In the long run, they hope to expand into as many industries as possible.

– For society, Mobius would mean that we approach a circular economy, where our valuable resources can be permanently reused. There will be less waste and the need for non-renewable resources will decrease, which, of course, is very good for our environment, says Benedikt Neyses.

Photo: Erica Lång
Emilia Markström and Benedikt Neyses.


Receives help from colleagues

The colleagues at LTU in Skellefteå have been helpful during the start of Mobius, not least PhD student Emilia Markström, who has an active role in the company, for example, regarding knowledge of material flows in the bio-resource industry.

– My colleagues come from different areas of wood science and have different skills. Therefore, they give me valuable perspectives on things that I would never have come upon myself. Emilia and me have also submitted an application to Vinnova Circular Economy together with Luleå University of Technology, RISE and Linköping University. Based on many industry reports and material flow analyses, we found that there is real potential for a service like Mobius.

The idea of ​​Mobius has been there for a few years, but it was last year when Benedikt Neyses travelled a lot that a strong motivation led to the startup.

– When I travelled around the world, it was one thing that struck me, no matter how rich or poor a particular place was, they had one thing in common: a lot of waste of resources. I think it's unnecessary and personally I prefer products made from recycled materials. In the end, it's all about me and Emilia wanting to leave behind a little better place than we found it. It would be awesome to make a small difference, Benedict Neyses concludes.

Mobius is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Benedikt Neyses

Neyses, Benedikt - PhD Student position

Organisation: Wood Science and Engineering, Wood Science and Engineering, Department of Engineering Sciences and Mathematics
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