People Who Helped & Inspired Us
A list of companies we have discovered on this journey that are tackling the landfill problem with creative and ingenious solutions that continue to inspire us.
Founded in 1929, Grundon is the UK’s largest family-run waste management provider. They address environmental concerns with state-of-the-art recycling facilities that include the world’s most advanced closed-loop aerosol recycling facility, an anerobic digestion plant for turning food waste into biofertiliser and Energy from Waste facilities that divert non-recyclable waste away from landfill and turn it into electricity.
First Mile have been working with businesses on creative recycling solutions since 2004. Their smart solutions – such as a RecycleLab to research solutions for items that can’t easily be recycled and the RecycleBox scheme were customers send in items that can’t be recycled (or so they think) – ensures that First Mile send absolutely nothing at all to landfill. A tour of their Sacktory is a much-recommended eye-opener.
Clean Tech is the UK’s largest rPET manufacturer, taking waste PET plastic bottles and turning them into the raw materials needed to make new plastic packaging. This new plastic product can then be recycled again, creating a completely closed-loop system.
Precious Plastic is an ingenious open-source project that equips users with everything they need to start a recycling project in their local community.
The Bio-Cassava Bag
Avani bags are a bio-based alternative to the one-trillion petroleum-based plastic bags that we use each year. Each non-toxic carrier bag biodegrades in months.
The Shell Works
This ingenious company turn seafood waste – specifically, Lobster shells – into bioplastic that degrades in just 4-6 weeks.
Made from Notpla – a material created from seaweed and plants – this brilliant alternative to plastic packaging not only biodegrades in 4-6 weeks but it can also be eaten, making it ideal for on-the-go drinks and snacks.