Three businesses with innovative ideas against waste

To face a situation of economic crisis like the current one in Brazil, an always welcome measure is to end waste. All kinds of waste, including that of natural resources. Using resources efficiently – whether raw materials, energy or even people’s time – is closely linked to better economic results. The good news is that entrepreneurs have creative solutions to reduce various wastes. Your businesses promote smarter use than we have. They help ensure greater returns today, a better quality of life now, and create more security for our future.

Three startups with businesses against waste were the winners of the national final of ClimateLaunchpad, the largest green business competition in the world. The competition is organized in Brazil by the Climate Ventures, with support from Instituto Clima e Sociedade (iCS). The dispute involves cleantechs (clean technologies) from 57 countries and aims to unlock potential and foster business ideas that have a positive impact on the climate. It pays to know what these innovative companies do and how they promote the most efficient use of precious resources.

Bioflowers – Efficient use of land

A Bioflore, for example, is a startup that connects rural producers with land to reforest and companies that seek to offset their carbon emissions and ensure greater sustainability in their production chain. Through a platform developed by the startup, you have access to information about climate, soil and possible species to plant in the place to be reforested, planting strategies, reports and knowledge about what potential species for the region can generate from non-timber forest products . Heitor Filpi, CEO of Bioflore, explains that, by connecting producers with companies, the business enables environmental regularization with agroforestry models that not only generate income for these producers, but also manage to meet food demands. An example is the work that the business does with the Rural Workers Union of Santa Bárbara (MG), intermediating the supply of food by family farmers for meals in public schools in the municipality. Thus reducing the need for the union to seek large quantities of food in large distribution centers, which would be an incentive for food waste, with the loss of stored food.

Nibble – Less waste waste

The startup Nibbler, from São Paulo, attacks the excess of household waste. The company’s founders, Guilherme Coube and Isabela Gomes, developed within the Advanced Engineering program of the Research and Development department at Avenues School São Paulo, the Nibbler project. It is an appliance that shreds residential waste, mixes the fragments with a resin and allows 3D printing of objects. Today, much of what we put in the recyclable dump ends up being contaminated and cannot be used. But with the Nibbler machine, a greater percentage of waste is used, as it is designed to accept different types of materials and contamination. Thus, it is possible to reduce solid waste disposal, promote a circular disposal model and the sustainable creation of new materials. Nibbler’s machine could be used in schools, universities and homes, but the project was initially developed with a focus on the waste picker cooperative market. With the use of home appliances, the creation and sale of objects would be feasible and, consequently, an increase in the income of the cooperatives.

SaveAdd – No food thrown away

Already SaveAdd is a technological solutions startup that uses an application with artificial intelligence to identify, diagnose and manage leftovers in food companies, such as supermarkets or restaurant chains. With SaveAdd, companies can sell or donate leftovers, avoiding waste and converting logistical, maintenance, disposal and destruction costs into better use of products and raw materials for NGOs, institutions and small businesses. Which generates revenue, profit and values ​​in a sustainable way. According to Salvador Iglesias Ramalho, co-founder and CEO of the startup, the business helps to combat waste by reducing the barriers that make decisions and the continuity of practices unfeasible to take advantage of what is not yet garbage. “We generate assertiveness and optimization of results based on algorithms, in addition to control and security through the audit of smart contracts, along with all the necessary records”, he says.

Bioflore, Nibbler and SaveAdd will now head to the ClimateLauchpad regional final, scheduled to take place on September 24th and 25th, in an online event. They will compete with startups from Argentina, Barbados, Canada, Colombia, Jamaica, Mexico, Suriname and Uruguay. The top four businesses in the regional final will present their pitches at Shark Tank Colombia and Mexico, a business presentation to potential investors. Finally, the 14 best green ideas will compete in the global final in October, and the winner takes home the €10,000 prize.

WITH LARISSA MAGALHÃES

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