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A new plastic made from animal products.
The French company Lactips manufactures plastic pellets derived from milk protein that is unfit for consumption. This new plastic has the advantage of being soluble in both hot and cold water, printable, produced using existing plastic industry processes (blown film extrusion, injection, thermoforming, etc.) and it also acts as an effective barrier for different gases. It is used to produce flexible films.
Slimbox has invented a machine that manufactures cardboard packaging to fit the size of the product to be transported. This solution reduces wastage, storage needs and transportation costs and provides better product protection. The start-up is already targeting SMEs (30 to 150 parcels / day) and plans to expand into post offices and supermarkets.
CleanCup Les gobelets consignés et réutilisables
CleanCup présente un distributeur de gobelets consignés et réutilisables qui peut être déployé dans les entreprises ou les sites partiellement ouverts (campus).
Pili Les colorants textiles renouvelables à base de micro-organismes
PILI propose aux industriels du textile deux gammes uniques de colorants renouvelables issus de micro-organismes : l’une pour les fibres synthétiques et l’autre pour les fibres protéiques. Ces nouveaux colorants, per- formants et compétitifs, permettront à la filière textile de limiter son empreinte écologique grâce à des produits biosourcés.
Chemical recycling solution that turns difficult-to-recycle plastics into chemicals.
Founded in 2015 by Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao, BioCellection is a plastic recycling start-up. It aims to turn non-marketable plastic waste into valuable chemicals. In addition to working with key industry stakeholders to design new plastic waste solutions, BioCellection is also developing solutions that are compatible with existing recycling infrastructure.
Carbiolice produces and sells plant-based plastic granules made from decommissioned corn starch.
Carbiolice is a joint venture between Carbios, a green chemistry company; Limagrain, a group specialising in seeds and cereal products, and the BPI. Founded in September 2016, it is headed by Nadia Auclair (General Manager) and Jean-Claude Lumaret (Chairman) and employs 19 people. Its head office is in Riom, Auvergne.
CleanCup provides a returnable and reusable cup dispenser that can be deployed in businesses or partially open sites (campuses).
The Ced'in company, which markets Cleancup, was founded by Eléonore Blondeau in September 2016. It is located at Bel Air Camp in Villeurbanne and employs about ten people. She won first prize at the Young Entrepreneurs of the Year 2017 as well as the Réseau Entreprendre Rhône in September 2017.
A clip to give a second life to plastic bottle caps by turning them into creative toys.
Clip-it is an ESS start-up supported by the Montpellier BIC. Its two founders, Cyril Rheims and Mathieu Collos, met when studying at the ENSAM. (National School of Architecture of Montpellier). In 2016, they created WASTE IS MORE (WIM) for a European competition on the theme of waste recycling, which they won with a system using an upcycled clip to turn plastic bottle caps into a creative construction toy.
Conceptos Plasticos has invented a process to recycle plastic waste into a building material, in the form of reusable bricks. This process enables impoverished people to build homes, medical centres and schools in partnership with public authorities, NGOs and businesses. The start-up is seeking to expand in Africa starting in the course of 2019.
Eco-friendly boosters and dyes for plastic made from industrial waste.
Cycl-Add has developed a booster which, when added to recycled plastic packaging, yields a recycled material with stabilized mechanical properties. This makes it possible to recycle packaging that is otherwise too difficult or too expensive to sort, thus reducing costs and opening up multiple business opportunities. The booster therefore allows for a high-quality recycled raw material to be produced at a lower cost.
Food packaging that is 100% edible and 100% compostable at home.
To combat plastic waste from single-use containers, Do Eat offers edible and compostable food containers made from potato starch and water. The company initially produced verrines for individuals and caterers before taking on the larger supermarket and take-away food container market.
Ecoact Tanzania has invented technology that turns plastic waste into a resilient building material. This energy-efficient and chemical-free process offers an alternative that preserves wood resources within the building and furniture sectors. The start-up gets citizens involved in waste management, by offering health insurance in exchange for collecting plastic waste. The company currently has 167 clients.
As an alternative to polystyrene, Ecovative has invented a 100% home-compostable material. Based on mycelium from mushroom roots and agricultural waste, it is highly resistant. An alternative to polystyrene and polypropylene, it can be used as a protective foam, but it also has applications for cosmetics and furniture.
INex identifies and organises local exchanges of materials between manufacturers by means of open data and a material substitution learning database.
iNex was founded in June 2012 by Olivier Gambari (CEO), Pierre Beuret (COO) and Pascal Hardy (Chairman). It currently employs 10 people and its headquarters are in Paris. The company is supported by the European Investment Bank (EIB), SINAPSE (Ademe), Antropia Essec (Veolia support) and the INSEAD Social Entrepreneurship Programme.