Based mostly out of Cambridge, SoluBlue, a packaging startup, has just lately secured €500K (approx £430K) from Postcode Lotteries Inexperienced Problem as a grand prize. The corporate will use the cash to scale up its expertise for pilot manufacturing amongst retailers.
Sustainable various to plastic
SoluBlue has developed a sustainable alternative to plastic and bioplastic food packaging, which extends shelf-life and reduces meals waste. The corporate’s packaging appears and appears like plastic, however is breathable and hydrophilic.
It stops meals from rotting by absorbing extra moisture in order that packaged meals step by step dries as an alternative, which means many on a regular basis meals keep contemporary for greater than 50% longer. Meals sorts, together with cheese and fruit, had been even discovered to remain contemporary and secure for consumption after two years in SoluBlue’s packaging.
Made out of seaweed, the fabric is bio digestible, making it secure for marine life. It’s also house compostable, biodegrading as rapidly because the meals it incorporates, claims the corporate.
Commenting on SoluBlue’s win, Ayca Dundar, Co-Founding father of SoluBlue, stated: “Profitable Postcode Lottery Inexperienced Problem 2020 is an unimaginable achievement and honour for us. Profitable the highest prize just isn’t solely going to revolutionise our progress plans, however it can present additional confidence to buyers that our expertise is the longer term. We’ve confirmed that our packaging works so now could be the time to indicate the meals trade and shoppers that SoluBlue might help create a cleaner and greener planet!”
Jiva Supplies will get £171K
Jiva Materials, one other British startup additionally secured €200K (approx £171K) as prize cash from the Postcode Lotteries Problem, to scale up the world’s first totally recycled printed circuit board to deal with the world’s mounting digital waste.
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Jiva Supplies has created a flax-based printed circuit board — Soluboard, which will be merely separated in scorching water so the metals in digital gadgets will be simply and safely extracted for brand spanking new functions.
Notably, the Soluboard will be simply built-in into provide chains and so has the potential to make a huge effect in decreasing carbon emissions within the manufacturing chain.
The corporate’s resolution will drastically enhance the recyclability of digital merchandise, radically decreasing the necessity to mine uncommon and treasured metals utilized in lots of our digital gadgets, from washing machines to lighting.
Commenting on the outcomes, Jack Herring, CEO, and Founding father of Jiva Supplies stated: “Digital waste is rising at an alarming fee, however now Jiva Supplies is one step nearer to tackling it. The prize cash from Postcode Lotteries Inexperienced Problem goes to remodel Soluboard, propelling Jiva Supplies from our R&D section to providing prospects a product that considerably cuts their carbon footprints and digital waste worldwide.”
Over 650 startups from throughout Britain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Germany utilized to this yr’s Postcode Lotteries Green Challenge.
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