Plastic air pollution is a worldwide concern, with an estimated eight million tonnes coming into the marine setting yearly. By 2050, there may very well be extra plastic within the ocean than fish.
Can we innovate our means out of the plastic drawback? The subsequent wave of packaging pioneers thinks so, they usually’re utilizing unlikely supplies – from fungi to algae and grains – to do it.
At our third annual Local weather Good Meals digital occasion, working 19-21 September, we’ll hear from pioneers within the alt plastic house as their pitch their improvements. Registration for the free-to-attend digital summit is now open.
Changing plastic with mycelia
Israeli start-up MadeRight is leveraging fungi fermentation expertise to develop extra sustainable packaging. At Local weather Good Meals, co-founder Rotem Cahanovitc will clarify how the start-up is upcycling industrial natural facet streams from the meals, agriculture and biotechnology industries into biomass, which is then blended in with plastics (both fossil-based or bioplastics), for packaging manufacture.
Edible espresso cups
Bulgarian enterprise Cupffee is making espresso cups from oats and wheat. Be part of Gergana Krusteva, advertising and marketing director at Cupffee as reveals how single-use espresso cups might be substituted for ‘sustainable edibles’.
Krusteva says: Shopper waste, significantly single-use plastics, has escalated over the twentieth century, inflicting extreme environmental penalties equivalent to air and water air pollution, useful resource depletion, and biodiversity loss. Regardless of widespread misconceptions, paper cups aren’t sustainable options as they include plastic linings and their manufacturing includes deforestation and substantial power utilization. Cupffee, nevertheless, affords an progressive and eco-friendly resolution to this drawback. Fashioned from seven pure components, these edible, vegan cups improve the espresso expertise whereas lowering waste. Their manufacturing course of creates zero waste, even utilizing extra materials to make stirrers. With a worldwide presence and partnerships with prime espresso manufacturers, Cupffee goals to problem present assumptions, change consumption habits, and encourage customers to contribute to environmental change.
Much less plastic, extra seaweed
Notpla is a UK-based start-up making sustainable packaging from seaweed and crops. At Local weather Good Meals, co-founder and co-CEO Pierre Paslier will pitch the start-up’s innovation: single use with out the plastic waste. Notpla was not too long ago within the information for its participation within the Earthshot prize. The corporate offered takeaway bins lined with seaweed to serve up the ‘Earthshot Burger’.
Local weather Good Meals will run from 2pm CET to 5pm CET from 19-21 September as we ask how the meals trade may also help drive a transition in the direction of sustainable meals sourcing, manufacturing, and consumption.
19 September: Local weather Good Sourcing
Substances are a serious contributor to FMCGs’ carbon footprints, making sourcing practices essential to assembly carbon discount deadlines. However cultivation will not be the one consideration: international provide chains are more and more affected by disruption and have lengthy been linked to human rights violations. How can sustainability be embedded into international provide chains?
On Day 1 of Local weather Good Meals, we’ll be asking how finest to mitigate in opposition to provide chain disruptions linked to droughts, floods or warfare; what sustainability laws means for meals majors; and whether or not regenerative agriculture can actually save the day.
20 September: Local weather Good Manufacturing
Feeding rising populations inside planetary boundaries means producing extra, with much less. How can meals and beverage makers improve output with fewer pure sources? From making the change to ‘inexperienced’ power to implementing water saving methods and rethinking packaging design, we analyse the initiatives decarbonising manufacturing.
On Day 2 of Local weather Good Meals, we’ll be asking how meals majors can decarbonise their direct emissions; the place water inefficiencies are most prevalent and the way reliance might be diminished; what the long run holds for plastic-free packaging; and whether or not we should always improve our concentrate on the blue financial system for sustainable diet.
21 September: Local weather Good Consumption
Buyers usually say they need ‘greener’ foods and drinks, however don’t at all times act with sustainability front-of-mind. Addressing limitations to local weather good consumption shall be key to reaching meals system transformation. Shopper demand can also be an important piece of the meals tech puzzle, with pioneers banking on us innovating our means out of the local weather disaster. Are Europeans hungry for lab-grown meals?
On Day 3 of Local weather Good Meals, we’ll be asking what affect manufacturers have on discouraging meals waste within the residence; how sustainability credentials can finest stand out on the shelf; whether or not European customers are prepared for cultivated meat and precision fermentation dairy; and what the long run holds for various protein.
Be part of the dialog reside between 19-21 September by registering totally free right here.