In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability and environmental responsibility, and this trend is only set to continue in the coming years. As a result, many start-ups are turning their attention to sustainable products and services. Here are four sustainable start-ups to look out for in 2022:
ReThink Food is a start-up that is working to reduce food waste. It does this by connecting businesses and individuals who have surplus food with those in need of meals. In 2020 alone it saved 400,00lbs (181,437kgs) of perfectly safe food from being thrown away, and turned it into more than 2,400,000 healthy, culturally sensitive meals for those in need in local communities. Rethinking food wastage and providing for those in need, ReThink Food is a trailblazing start up, and will continue to make a difference throughout 2022.
The push to save the bees has grown in popularity and urgency in recent years. Devastated after witnessing thousands of bees die during hot Aussie heatwaves and during frosty winter snaps, Ann and Jeff Ross decided to develop a solution. From this desire to save the bees, Hive Haven was developed, a first-class home for bees of all kinds! The hives are fully insulated and built for maximised air flow, to ensure the comfort of the bees during any weather. These durable hives are made out of local and responsibly-sourced materials, with the hive made from 95% recycled plastics – based on its weight.
Algenesis, a material science and technology company, is on a mission to help the planet recover from pollution caused by products made from fossil fuels. Scientists working in collaboration with Algenesis are redesigning plastic materials to harmonise with nature. The patented Soleic™ technology is the first fully biodegradable and renewable plastic from algae, and is durable and can withstand high-performance conditions. This material is currently being used to produce a prototype shoe, BLUEVIEW, that will be fully biodegradable, unlike regular shoes. Over 25 billion pairs of shoes are produced every year for only 7.8 billion people on the planet, where do these unsold shoes end up? Algenesis is committed to improving the future of our world by developing new technologies with exciting product applications across multiple industries.
Aquaculture, or fish farming, is a vital key in securing global food supplies, yet so many fisheries run in ways that harm the planet. This is what Aquafarm is changing from the inside of the industry. Aquafarm departs from conventional industry wisdom, with a vision of zero-footprint fish farming. It aims to reduce waste created from regular fishing practices by making the effort to create an environment in which fish thrive. By doing this, Aquafarm creates an environment that makes it possible to eliminate pollution. Aquafarm’s artificial habitat tanks means healthier fish, which in turn results in less food waste. Its new method of farming also means that natural habitats are preserved and allows for chemical-free production.
There are countless innovative and incredible sustainable start-ups around the world. Show your support for these businesses and charities by checking out their websites, donating to their cause, or even purchasing their products. Help build a better world today with your backing.
By Sarah Panther
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