Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the packaging industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising sustainable packaging solutions.
Heat Map: 5 Top Sustainable Packaging Startups
For our 5 picks of sustainable packaging startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 1.000 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Arekapak – Compostable Packaging
Producing compostable packaging requires less carbon compared to plastic. This kind of packaging reduces the amount of waste being sent to landfills, as it can be turned into compost — providing the earth with life-promoting nutrients. Arekapak is a startup from Berlin, Germany, with an authentic sustainable packaging design made out of the areca palm leaf. This requires less water and energy consumption for production, and without any added chemical substances. Arekapak is 100% natural, free of contaminants and completely compostable within 60 days.
Lean Orb – Biodegradable Packaging
Biodegradable plastic produces fewer greenhouse gasses than petroleum-based plastic. Because the products break back down into nontoxic components, they don’t cause dangerous chemical leachate that can poison water or off-gassing that can pollute the air. Lean Orb is a biodegradable food packaging startup from Florida, USA. Their full product line of disposable tableware and catering supplies is made of plant roots, grass fibers, and highly sustainable wood. Their packaging products biodegrade within 90 to 180 days.
No Waste Technology – Recyclable Packaging
Coffee cups, cardboard takeaway food containers, and many convenience food packets are all examples of laminated paper. Most laminated paper-based products cannot be recycled because the paper fibers and laminate cannot be separated. They are ultimately discarded and accumulated in a landfill. US-based No Waste Technology provides a solution that makes laminated papers recyclable and 100% sustainable — just as if it were plain uncoated paper.
RefillMyBottle! – Refillable Packaging
Refillable packaging can be returned to the manufacturer in order to be refilled with the product repeatedly or can be refilled by consumers themselves for their own purpose. Using a refillable package eliminates plastic waste and reduces the number of new bottles to be produced. This prolongs the term of exploitation for existing packs. Bali-based RefillMyBottle! is a community that takes action against plastic waste by creating a network of “RefillStations”. By accessing their mobile app, the map shows nearby locations where users can refill water bottles for free or for a minimum fee as an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles.
SHELF Packaging Co. – Packaging For Alternative Usage
The idea of a core brand value is that the packaging must create additional value beyond the life of the product. Reusing packaging in totally new ways is added value to the product. US startup SHELF Packaging Co. offers dessert mousse packaged in ceramic ramekins that are reusable. After use, the individual ramekins serving cup can be used for baking, cooking, or decorating.
What About The Other 995 Sustainable Packaging Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 sustainable packaging startups showcased above are promising examples out of 1.000 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.