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For four years now, Circular Challenge values and rewards innovations about circular economy, that push us into the world of the day after tomorrow.

Discover all the actors and innovations from our previous editions. 

 

RELIVE THE 2018 EDITION


 

FORMER WINNERS


  • Lactips
    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
    Customized packages

    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.

     


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    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). 

     

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    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. 

     

THE CONTESTANTS


Project presented 

Chemical recycling solution that turns difficult-to-recycle plastics into chemicals. 

The start-up 

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. 

Through partnerships with materials manufacturers, BioCellection is introducing renewable chemical intermediates into supply chains with the aim of moving towards a circular economy. 

Project presented 

Carbiolice produces and sells plant-based plastic granules made from decommissioned corn starch. 

The start-up 

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. 

The company is the winner of the Clermont Ferrand Innovation Awards 2018, and was invited to present its technology at the annual conference of European Bioplastics held in Berlin in December 2018. 

• Production of a 100% biodegradable and compostable plastic material certified OK Compost and OK Compost Home. 

• Use of decommissioned corn starch, a widely available raw material sourced from local industrial waste. 

• Additive accelerating the degradation of PLA (currently degradable only in industrial conditions) to make it suitable for home composting. 

Project presented 

Roofing material made from recycled paper. 

The start-up 

The amibition of Celloz is to revolutionize the roofing sector by providing individuals and professionals with an innovative product in terms of design, performance and look. Heading up this start-up are two partners: François Ruffenach, with 20 years of experience in the roofing materials sector and Jean-Michel Gillibert, specialist in marketing and business development. In 2018, Celloz won the i-Lab competition organized by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, as well as the National Competition for the creation of a sustainable construction company. 

Project presented 

The 100% compostable, waterproof and biodegradable food container. 

The start-up 

Specialising in the professional sector, CELLULOPACK is a young family company that develops, manufactures and markets packing and packaging solutions made from high-density moulded cellulose fibres. As a raw material it uses old paper (newspapers, magazines, office paper, etc.) and cardboard boxes. It now employs 17 people. Founded in 2013 by Olivier Mas, Cellulopack offers a range of environmentally friendly products - from industrial packaging to food containers, including the RESTO KOMPOST, its innovative 100% compostable, waterproof and biodegradable food container. 

Project presented 

CleanCup provides a returnable and reusable cup dispenser that can be deployed in businesses or partially open sites (campuses). 

The start-up 

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. 

CleanCup provides a returnable and reusable cup dispenser that can be deployed in businesses or partially open sites (campuses). 

 

Project presented 

A clip to give a second life to plastic bottle caps by turning them into creative toys. 

The start-up 

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. 

Since its launch, Clip-it has already processed 800,000 plastic caps into 8 million clips. The company has a production capacity of 50,000 clips per day. It works with the charity Bouchons d'Amour from whom it buys the bottle caps. 

Project presented

Recycled plastic building bricks

The start-up

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.

Project presented 

Made in France cosmetics brand with returnable and reusable glass packaging. 

The start-up 

COZIE was founded in June 2016 by Louise Salvati, zero-waste influencer, blogger and writer; Emeric Baracat, engineer specialising in cosmetics; and Arnaud Lancelot, expert in B2B strategy and trade. The company is positioned in the mid-range organic cosmetics market, relying on a network of distributors consisting of organic stores and bulk trade. It is backed by ADEME and the Hauts-de-France Region. COZIE was awarded the gold medal at NatExpo and the project is supported by MakeSense as part of the Future of Waste program. 

Project presented 

Eco-friendly boosters and dyes for plastic made from industrial waste. 

The start-up 

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. 

Project presented 

Predictive analytics software to optimise collection costs. 

The start-up 

DATAPOLE created PREDIWASTE, a tool with the ability to advise local authorities and all waste sector operators on the implementation of collection methods and on how to optimise organisation. Created by Frédéric Gagnaire in 2010, it is based in Plaine Saint Denis (93) and comprises a team of 13 people. DATAPOLE develops software solutions for predictive analysis enabling human and material resources to be adapted to the real needs of users. Supported by the CNRS and the Ile-de-France Region, Datapole already assists local authorities to develop an optimised collection service, while maintaining the quality of service that people expect. 

 

Project presented 

Food packaging that is 100% edible and 100% compostable at home. 

The start-up 

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. 

Project presented

Recycled plastic building material

The start-up

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.

Project presented

An alternative to polystyrene

The start-up

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.

 

Project presented 

A container management solution to measure fill rate and optimise collection. 

The start-up 

The company was founded in 2017 by Cyril Pradel (hardware and software design engineer) and Loïc Coeurjoly (business and B2B marketing profile). Heyliot was the first start-up to join the Canon Bretagne incubator, and succeeded in developing its laser measurement technology there. It started off by selling press display stands and it is now seeking to enter the market for waste container management, specifically voluntary drop-off points. Heyliot is supported by BPI France and the Brittany region. The start-up won the Brittany CCI Digital Crisalide award and was selected to participate in an experiment in the 13th district of Paris as part of the Urban Lab (Paris & Co). 

Project presented 

INex identifies and organises local exchanges of materials between manufacturers by means of open data and a material substitution learning database. 

The start-up 

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.