10 Eco-innovators that solve the climate crisis through technology

Author: Twig

Date Published: 02.08.2022

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At Twig, we believe that in order to build a sustainable future and fight climate change, it is essential to collaborate with other like-minded organisations. Solving the climate crisis is not a zero-sum game, and our approach of collaboration over competition is one of the key pillars for achieving critical goals that were set by the Paris Climate Agreement or at COP26.

Working in this field, we have been exposed to some of the most innovative sustainable solutions as well as the people behind these ventures. In this article we would like to show you 10 of the most cutting-edge and inspiring companies that we have come across. We are keen to hear your reactions to these innovators, and excited if you decide to purchase any of the products and services to join forces in tackling the surging climate crisis :)

  1. Aether Diamonds: Diamonds made from thin air
    • Diamonds are essentially made of carbon, and so Aether Diamonds decided to create the first positive impact, sustainable diamonds by making them out of CO2 captured from the air
    • The captured CO2 is synthesised into a chemical feedstock that is processed in a reactor fully powered by clean energy. Over a period of weeks, diamond crystals grow in the reactor one atom at a time
    • Once the diamond crystals are fully formed, they are sent to expert craftsmen that cut, polish and set them into a beautiful piece of jewelry
  2. Lasso Loop Recycling: Fully automated recycling
    • While many people assume that their waste will be sorted and recycled once it leaves their homes, this is often not the case, with tonnes of recyclable material ending up in a landfill every day. Lasso Loop addresses this problem by automating this process in the comfort of your own home
    • Every item placed into the “Lasso” is scanned, washed, broken down and stored individually with similar materials
    • The Lasso app then tracks your storage, arranging for your waste to be picked up around 3–8 times a year
  3. Water light : Reliable power off the grid
    • Colombian renewable energy startup E-Dina has developed a cordless light that converts salt water into electricity, providing a reliable alternative to solar lamps for off-grid communities
    • The device acts as a mini power generator that can provide up to 5,600 hours of energy that can be used to light homes, or charge small electronic devices via its integrated USB port
    • The current iteration is designed specifically for the underserved Wayuu people of South America, however solutions are being developed that can be implemented to off-grid communities globally
  4. GoTerra : Powering agriculture with robots and insects
    • Australia’s GoTerra combines a unique combination of insects and robotics to provide a novel solution to the complex problems of waste management and animal feed production
    • The company farms insects (black soldier fly larvae) to process food waste in modular, autonomous waste management units. This allows them to manage a variety of consumer and industrial waste products including plastics and sewage
    • The robotics-enabled farming technology can produce high-value protein ingredients for animals, plants and people in just 12 days, resulting in a low carbon alternative food source
  5. WornAgain : Creating a clothing lifecycle
    • Worn Again Technologies’ advanced regenerative technology allows textile resources to be kept in constant circulation
    • Mixed-material clothing (e.g. polyester and cotton) are separated and converted into new, decontaminated yarns for manufacturing, replacing the need for newly sourced materials in clothes production
  6. Kara Solar : Cleanly powered boats in the Amazon
    • Kara Solar develops solar-powered river transportation for indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon
    • Since 2012 a team of engineers, designers, and entrepreneurs, together with Achuar community members have been working together on this shared dream
  7. Hempitecture : Making construction carbon negative
    • Hempitecture creates hemp-based construction materials (or biocomposites) including “Hempcrete” and “Hempwool” that make construction projects more healthy, sustainable and high-performing
    • The company works with sustainably practicing farmers and processors in North America that help to clean the environment
    • The final products are carbon negative, as the materials used to create hempcrete absorb CO2 during the curing process. Additionally CO2 is absorbed and offset during the life cycle of the industrial hemp plant
  8. Notpla : Making seaweed the future of packaging
    • Brown seaweed is one of nature’s most renewable resources. It grows up to 1 meter a day, does not compete with food crops, doesn’t need fresh water / feritiliser, and actively contributes to de-acidifying our oceans
    • Notpla leverages brown seaweed to create biodegradable alternatives to plastic packaging for a variety of use cases
    • The company has currently created products including plastic free film, cardboard, and hot water soluble film
  9. Sojo : Repairs and alterations at an unprecedented scale
    • Typically repairs and alterations are viewed as so expensive that it is cheaper to just buy new when something breaks
    • Sojo is the UK’s first clothes alteration and repairs app, making repairs increasingly affordable and removing the perception that repairs are only reserved for high fashion items
    • Sojo is on a mission to make repairs mainstream in a sustainable way, partially through collecting your items at your home via bicycle
  10. Biohm : Keeping your home warm with mushrooms
    • Biohm is a leading researcher of bio-based materials in the construction industry made from waste. The company has developed a premium insulation material from mycelium (the root-structure of mushrooms)
    • Furthermore, Biohm offers consumer-products that are made from the same mushroom-root material or from food & agricultural waste-based materials which are 100% biodegradable, vegan, sustainable and renewable
    • As such, the company develops and markets affordable and sustainable replacement for wood-based sheet materials or for plastic/petroleum-based insulation

These companies and countless others globally are finding novel ways to dismantle our current single use, carbon fueled economy. To solve the climate crisis we will require all of these sustainable, circular solutions that decrease pollution, reduce consumption and remove waste!

Twig is part of this wave of change, powering the circular economy whilst providing its customers with instant cash for their unwanted items. Check out our app and start today :)

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