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Out of 310, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Plastic Free Solutions
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence (AI)-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 310 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 sustainability 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 305 plastic free solutions, get in touch with us.
SGMA develops Biodegradable Coating
Founding Year: 2017
Location: Canterbury, UK
Funding: USD 165 000
British startup SGMA offers patented coating technology for fiber-based packaging. The coating is made using sand extracts and is non-toxic in nature. The technology uses a sol-gel process for producing a colloidal solution. It enables the replacement of plastics in food packaging and the protection of printed circuit boards (PCB) in wearables. Moreover, the coating is biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable, further enhancing sustainability.
Amplepac produces Reusable Packaging
Founding Year: 2018
Location: Mumbai, India
Industries: Food, Pharma
Amplepac is an Indian startup that makes metal containers for reusable packaging. These containers are also equipped with a blockchain system for better traceability. The metal used completes several life cycles before being recycled. In addition, Amplepac’s blockchain system India Reuse also provides sterilization and reuse services. As a replacement for plastic containers, the startup’s solutions find applications in the dairy, hospitality, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and pharma, among other industries.
PulPac develops Dry Molded Fibre Technology
Founding Year: 2018
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Funding: USD 7,1 M
Industries: Manufacturing, Materials
Swedish startup PulPac develops dry molded fiber technology for large-scale conversion of cellulose fibers to sustainable paper products. The process includes the breakdown of pulp into fibers, as well as compacting these fibers into a mold. Furthermore, the technology provides raw material flexibility. The raw materials are treated to increase strength and water or grease resistance. The startup’s materials find applications in the manufacture of products that are challenging to manufacture using traditional fiber forming methods.
Hempress provides Hemp-based Menstrual Products
Founding Year: 2019
Location: Austin, US
US-based startup Hempress produces menstrual products which are plastic and chemical-free. The startup specifically grows hemp to use in its products. The hemp fibers are cleaned using natural compounds and are processed to attain a cotton-like fiber texture. The key performance benefits of the products include moisture-wicking, absorption, antimicrobial property, and strength. Moreover, in comparison to conventional cotton, these hemp fibers require less water and land to grow. Hempress’ products support women’s health while also supporting carbon neutrality by using safe and carbon-negative compounds.
The Nurturing Co manufactures Biodegradable Masks
Founding Year: 2018
Funding: USD 400 000
Industries: Healthcare, Materials
The Nurturing Co is a Singaporean startup that offers a biodegradable mask. The outer layer of the mask is made of breathable cotton while the middle layer is made of silk. This silk is suitable for electrostatic filtering. For the inner layer, the startup utilizes bamboo which is naturally hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. Moreover, an additional layer of removable bamboo fabric is provided within each mask to boost filtration. The combination makes the mask breathable even under humid conditions. This technology also solves the challenge of foggy glasses. This way, the startup provides a plastic-free solution to mitigate the health effects of air pollution without compromising the comfort of users.
Discover more Sustainability Startups
Startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on bioplastic packaging, recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET), and biobased polymers. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing sustainability, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more sustainable technologies, simply get in touch and let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download one of our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.