The Future looks Bright and Green!
Updated: Jun 18, 2020
2020 is an insane year and it's so easy to feel down about the state of our world, from Coronavirus to the very much needed civil rights movement, the climate crisis and the one we've all forgotten, Brexit. Of course, with every dark media news story we hear about, there is one positive one that doesn't get the same awareness. So it is easy to feel overwhelmed not fully knowing the amazing change and progress happening every day.
This is where the internet and social media is a blessing for us to educate ourselves and become our own news channels. So, I want to make sure I balance the news I share, to bring awareness to the positive work being done to tackle the damage we have done and are doing to our planet. Because although it feels like Humans are the burden of the earth, we can also be the saviours!
Here are 20 revolutionary companies creating products to help us change to a sustainable way of life, hopefully they inspire you with ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.
The UK consumes 95 million cups of coffee every day, creating hundreds of thousands of tonnes of spent coffee grounds and harmful gases being created from this waste.
Bio-Bean saves this valuable resource and forms into new life through Coffee logs, Coffee Pelts and other sustainable items such as fragrance products to cosmetics, dyes, pigments and more!
Too Good to Go
Globally, we waste 3.5 million tonnes of food every single day. It isn't only the food we are wasting but the resources used to create it! It also pumps out harmful gas as it decomposes in landfill, causing our planet to heat up like a greenhouse.
Too Good To Go have created a waste reducing app offering a societal change for businesses and consumers. Pick up a magic bag through the click of a button and save a delicious meal from going in the bin.
Pavegen creates smart cities and pavements that convert footsteps in to energy, data and rewards.
Their clever technology effortlessly allows pedestrians to interact physically with sustainability.
The ethical Uber, Pedal Me are fighting traffic and pollution to create a greener way of travelling.
The pedal-powered passenger and cargo service are on demand through the click of an app, combining technology and sustainability.
Sixty percent of the food we waste in the UK is still totally edible because expiry dates are estimates of what the worst case temperature scenario will be for the product, in order to make sure we are all safe. However, most of us will store food in much better conditions than the worst case scenario and this is when good food, and your money get wasted
By using Mimica Touch which responds to all the temperature changes, in most cases you will be able to use your food for longer and reduce waste, it also warns you not to consume it if food gets too warm for too long!
Biohm allow nature to lead innovation, to revolutionise construction and create a healthier, more sustainable, built-environment.
They have created a premium building insulation from Mycelium, the vegetative root structure of mushrooms!
Biohm are carrying out ground breaking research on plastic consuming mycelium circular economy relational models.
They aim to inspire sustainable transformation in the construction industry.
Flexi Hex create adaptable plastic free packaging for a changing world.
This Cornish company create surprisingly strong and durable, recyclable/biodegradable packaging for board sports, precious glass bottles and irregular shaped industrial items.
Reducing companies plastic production and carbon footprint in an easy way.
Revolutionary bio-plastics made from food that we leave behind including potato waste, walnut flour, pine flour and curcumin. This incredibly versatile material then goes on to be used in the ever changing fashion, interior design and event industries.
"Finding a better use for potato waste is the holy grail for the potato processing industry."
— Nick Vermont, Retired Regional CEO, McCain Foods (GB) Ltd
£400 billion is spent on advertising annually, so this company have decided to use some of that to protect the planet.
You can get rewards for carrying around one their plastic free smart bags, printed with ad campaigns from planet-friendly brands.
These reusable bags will replace single use bags across multiple stores and link to a clever app and convert your reusing habits into points (conscious coins) for you to spend on other eco-friendly products and service. A direct a portion of the revenue produced goes straight to Plastic Bank them so they can help keep our oceans clean.
According to the United Nations, the world needs to invest $2.4 trillion dollars, every year, into clean energy, from now until 2035, to meet the climate change targets.
At Clim8, their mission is to move billions of pounds of investments into clean energy and truly green, sustainable companies.
Now is the time to vote to with your wallet and Clim8 have provided a simple platform to help you invest into a targeted portfolio of publicly listed companies that are already making an impact in tackling climate change.
Saving should not cost the earth.
Giki provides you or your business with a step by step guide to a sustainable lifestyle.
Understand, track and lighten your footprint on the planet, and celebrate your successes with just a few steps a week.
Clothing that grows with your little ones, saving you money and flimsy fast fashion.
Sustainable engineering has created durable yet soft childrenswear made from recycled plastic bottles. Designed and tested for longevity - featuring durable ripstop technical weaves, reinforced knee patches and stain repellent finishes.
The Nu Wardrobe
Nuw is a clothes sharing app and community.
Their mission is to empower people to reduce the environmental impact of fashion by giving new life to the beautiful clothes that already exist in our communities.
Tens of millions of homes in the UK were built with low energy standards.
Homeowners now no longer have to struggle with cold, uncomfortable draughts and high energy bills with AirEx.
AirEx is a smart ventilation control.
Sensors measure temperature, humidity and air quality. Smart algorithms enable automatic air flow regulation, while taking into account local weather and air quality data.
AirEx opens to reduce underfloor humidity, and closes to reduce heat loss and improve your comfort, all without compromising on air quality in the home.
Kelda Technology are the inventors of ‘air-powered’ showers designed and manufactured in the UK. They offer a shower solution that is capable of providing an energising shower experience from as low as 4, 5 and 6 litres/minute.
Kelda’s ‘air-powered’ showers use half the water and heating of a standard shower, while offering twice the effective spray force. They will significantly help to reduce a building’s water usage and energy consumption. And, in turn assist in reducing carbon emissions.
Kelda showers are not only eco-friendly, but they are engineered to last too.
Over 250 billion disposable cups are consumed globally on an annual basis, with a measly 1% being successfully recycled.
Cup club are working with different businesses to end the linear economy and stop single use cups from going to landfill.
With a seamless process Cup Club's return scheme that uses RFID tracking systems produces 50% less CO2 than single use cups.
SEaB Energy turns what could be your harmful waste into clean energy!
They can help reduce your carbon footprint and your energy bills with their ready to plug and play 'Muckbuster' or 'Flexibuster'.
Don't pay for someone else to remove your waste when you can feed it into one these.
Bulb provide their members with 100% renewable electricity from solar, wind and hydro. Their gas is 100% carbon neutral too, as they offset the emissions from the gas they supply by supporting carbon reduction projects around the world. Plus, they're the biggest buyer of green gas for homes in the UK so a chunk of their gas mix comes from renewable sources, like food or farm waste, too.
OLIO connects neighbours with each other and with local businesses so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.
This could be food nearing its sell-by date in local stores, spare home-grown vegetables, bread from your baker, or the groceries in your fridge when you go away. OLIO can also be used for non-food household items too. To make an item available, simply open the app, add a photo, description, and when and where the item is available for pick-up.
8 Million tonnes of plastic enters our oceans each year and Notpla is fighting to reduce a portion of the pollution.
Notpla is revolutionary material made from seaweed and plants. It biodegrades in weeks, naturally or can be eaten. They are working with the catering industry to provide a sustainable solution to single use plastic packaging, such as sauce packets, cling film and takeaway box linings.