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Discover 5 Top Circular Economy Solutions impacting Metals & Mining

Curious about new technological advancements? Explore our analysis of 282 global startups & scaleups and learn how their solutions impact your metals & mining business!

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the circular economy. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups developing metals & mining solutions.

Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Metals & Mining Startups out of 282

The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.

The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 282 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 277 metals & mining solutions, get in touch.

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Green Mining develops Urban Mining Solutions

Cities generate tonnes of waste daily, all of which contain large amounts of metals as electronic gadgets, for instance, utilize small quantities of precious metals such as gold, silver, palladium, and platinum. Urban mining solutions retrieve these metals and channel them back into the manufacturing of other products. This reduces greenhouse emissions from conventional mining and reduces material costs.

Brazilian startup Green Mining develops technology-driven solutions for urban mining. Green Mining uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the areas with the highest post-consumer waste generation. The startup’s Intelligent Reverse Logistics technology retrieves post-consumer packaging and brings it back into production. Moreover, it uses end-to-end traceability to ensure that all collected material is recycled.

ASPIRE enables Waste Recycling

Businesses generate large amounts of heterogeneous waste that include many different kinds of metals. In the absence of dedicated recycling efforts, these end up in landfills with the rest of the metals. To address this, circular economy startups offer a range of waste recycling solutions. Such solutions close the loop in material use and generate value from waste.

ASPIRE is an Australian startup that offers an online marketplace to facilitate waste recycling. It connects with businesses with circular economy initiatives, enabling material resource exchange. This allows businesses to reduce waste disposal costs and even earn from waste, as well as lower carbon emissions. The startup’s platform visualizes the amount of waste diverted from landfills and the material resources available.

ExtractHive works on Metal Extraction

Countries around the world are putting more stringent environmental regulations in place. Moreover, consumers also expect companies to adopt sustainability practices. To offset their carbon footprint, startups and companies are turning to metal extraction technologies. These solutions extract metal from waste, thereby lowering emissions involved in mining fresh metal and the associated logistics.

French startup ExtractHive provides industrial waste valorization solutions. The startup treats byproducts and used materials that comprise silicon carbide, alumina chamotte, or chromium oxide. It uses different material treatment techniques such as milling, sieving, and magnetic sorting to help companies extract metals from waste. ExtractHive’s solutions transform non-hazardous refractory wastes and byproducts into valuable products.

NUMiX Materials offers Metal Recovery

Wastewater from many manufacturing units and industrial facilities contains high levels of heavy metals. This contaminates soil and water bodies, as well as risks bioaccumulation of metals in food chains. This is why startups develop metal recovery solutions that filter out metals from wastewater streams. In addition to benefiting the environment, such solutions reduce material costs for manufacturers.

US-based startup NUMiX Materials develops solutions for metal recovery from waste streams. The startup’s sorbent technology removes the concentration of toxic and precious metals from water. The high efficiency of this technology enables its use for metal harvesting. NUMix’s sorbent technology minimizes chemical requirements and simplifies operations while also reducing costs.

MineSpider provides Supply Chain Traceability

Consumers are more conscious about using products made with ethically sourced raw materials. Consequently, companies are looking for ways to validate the authenticity of their long supply chains. Supply chain traceability solutions use blockchain to trace materials and collect data along the supply chain. Such solutions also provide sustainability metrics of recycling and other efforts, thus enabling a circular economy.

MineSpider is a German startup providing end-to-end supply chain traceability for metals & mining. The startup’s blockchain-based SILQ protocol offers immutability and transparency in supply chain logs. MineSpider also offers OreSource, a supply chain compliance platform built on its blockchain. It allows companies to demonstrate sustainable practices as well as ensure that the materials meet EU regulations.

Discover more Materials Startups

Materials startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on end-to-end solutions, analysis & imaging platforms as well as creating new materials. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Materials Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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