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Out of 528, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top FMCG Waste Reduction Solutions
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ 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 528 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 523 waste reduction solutions for FMCG, get in touch.
Bare Necessities enables Zero Waste Personal Care
The fast-moving consumer goods industry contributes to a significant increase in waste. It is mainly due to the use of harsh chemical formulations and plastics/one-use packaging of products. The waste generation occurs during packaging and post-use from the toxic raw materials in the product. Thus, startups are innovating to introduce minimum or no waste FMCG products that enable sustainable waste management.
Indian startup Bare Necessities provides a wide range of non-toxic, organic, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free soaps, stationeries, and personal care products. The startup focuses on zero waste personal care by introducing the Return Your Jars and Refill Program that allows customers to return jars and refill the products, respectively. Additionally, the products use scraps and biodegradable materials for packaging. Bare Necessities also provides a returnable package solution, Ecovia Bags, that is reshipped at least 150 times before disposal.
CheckSammy facilitates Beauty Product Recycling
Microplastics and microbeads find their way to oceans and it is difficult to undo the pollution. The majority of these micropollutants, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), are from beauty and care products. Beauty pollution is evident in the environment and there is little effort to limit the giant carbon footprint. To address this, sustainability tech companies are developing solutions for the proper disposal of beauty waste.
American startup CheckSammy offers a beauty product recycling solution. The startup’s subscription-based platform caters to the recycling needs from pickup to sustainable recycling. It provides the customers with transparent visualization through SmartDASHBOARD to track the beauty product waste processing. The startup also rinses, cleans, and rebottles beauty product waste as well as creates custom reports of the full chain of recycling for users.
NOBL Thirst develops Recyclable Water Bottles
A large proportion of plastic water bottles and water packets end up in landfills. Plastics discharge harmful chemicals into the environment for a long time. Thus, startups are developing innovations in packaging materials that facilitate proper disposal at the consumer end. These include novel materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly.
NOBL Thirst is a British startup that designs and manufactures recyclable water bottles. The startup’s carton bottles use less than 41 percent of the carbon footprint compared to conventional multilayer plastic water bottles. NOBL Thirst provides NOBLWATR, its packaged drinking water, in 100% reusable carton bottles. This significantly reduces plastic pollution and eases waste management.
L’intendance offers a Bulk Grocery Platform
Supermarkets meet the everyday food and grocery needs of an average consumer. However, the presence of plastic is ubiquitous on the shelves of convenience stores and supermarkets. Every piece of plastic contributes to non-degrading landfills, resulting in pollution. As consumers look for eco-friendly alternatives, companies are initiating green innovation to serve consumers as well as reduce one-use plastics.
French startup L’intendance is a bulk grocery platform with a curated selection of organic food, natural cosmetics, and home maintenance products. Currently, L’intendance serves consumers with locally sourced products and produce. The startup offers products in plastic-free, reusable containers, and bags. It also sells fresh farm produce, natural soaps, lotions, and shampoos in cotton bags and glass bottles. This way, the startup enables a circular economy in grocery shopping.
Relade manufactures Reusable Laundry Detergent
Most detergents are either phosphate- or surfactant-based and affect the water quality and aquatic life when they make their way to water bodies. Detergents also pollute groundwater. Proper wastewater treatment is crucial to prevent foaming, algal explosion, and the growth of weeds. However, domestic wastewater is not treated properly. As an alternative, startups offer eco-friendly detergent formulations.
Relade is an Estonian startup that produces reusable laundry detergents. The startup’s proprietary technology combines iron nanoparticles and enzyme-based bio detergent to produce a magnetic washing detergent. Post use, the wastewater is attached with Relade’s Magnetic Collector to magnetize the detergent. This enables reuse for subsequent wash cycles for months and the resulting water effluent is suitable for watering plants.
Discover more FMCG Startups
FMCG startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on recyclable materials, biodegradable packaging as well as sustainable sourcing. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the FMCG sector, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more FMCG technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free FMCG Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.