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Out of 1 000, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Sustainable Packaging Startups
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups and scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies and relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 1 000 exemplary startups and scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights five sustainable packaging 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 five startups and scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 995 sustainable packaging solutions, get in touch.
Arekapak develops Compostable Packaging
Producing compostable packaging emits less carbon compared to plastic packages. Such packaging materials reduce the amount of waste being forwarded to landfills and turn it into compost, providing the earth with life-promoting nutrients.
Arekapak is a German startup that offers sustainable packaging using areca palm leaf. The startup’s solution requires less water and energy for production as well as does not need added chemical substances. Arekapak’s product is natural, free of contaminants, and completely compostable within 60 days.
Lean Orb provides Biodegradable Packaging
Biodegradable plastic produces fewer greenhouse gases (GHG) than petroleum-based plastic. As these products break down into nontoxic components, they don’t cause dangerous chemical leachate or off-gassing that poisons water and pollutes the air, respectively.
Lean Orb is a US-based startup that makes biodegradable food packaging. The startup’s product line of disposable tableware and catering supplies is made of plant roots, grass fibers, and highly sustainable wood. Moreover, its packaging products biodegrade within 90 to 180 days, allowing food companies and outlets to manage waste on-site.
No Waste Technology offers Recyclable Packaging
Coffee cups, cardboard takeaway food containers, and many convenience food packets contain laminated paper. Most laminated paper-based products cannot be recycled because the paper fibers and laminate cannot be separated, forwarding high-value products to landfills.
US-based startup No Waste Technology provides a solution that makes laminated papers recyclable and sustainable. To achieve this, the startup’s proprietary coating mechanism adds a layer of lamination that separates before recycling. This allows companies to provide food-safe packages without affecting their end-of-life recycling streams.
RefillMyBottle! maintains a Water Refill Network
Beverage packages are usually made of single-use plastics due to convenience and low production costs. Without proper waste management, such plastic packages reach landfills and oceans, contributing to plastic pollution. Refillable packaging, however, is an eco friendly alternative to single-use plastics that ensures maximum utilization of the packages.
RefillMyBottle! is an Indonesian startup that provides RefillMyBottle, an online map that shows places offering drinkable water for refillers. The startup’s solution allows tourism-dependent cities and countries to offer an alternative to buying water in plastic bottles, reducing plastic pollution.
SHELF Packaging Co. provides Eco Friendly Packaging
While being less polluting and safer for humans, eco friendly packages positively impact brand image. Responsible consumers actively search for eco friendly alternatives, especially in product packages. Therefore, using sustainable packaging materials improves brand loyalty and, in turn, sales.
US-based startup SHELF Packaging Co. offers dessert mousse packaged in reusable ceramic ramekins. After initial usage, the ramekins serving cups are used for baking, cooking, or decorating, offering additional value to their customers.
Discover more Packaging Startups
Packaging startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on compostable and biodegradable packaging, alternative packaging materials, and natural ingredients. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the packaging industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore packaging technologies in more detail, simply let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, download our free Packaging Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.