Innovative solutions related to sustainable chemistry and waste

The voting period for the third ISC3 Innovation Challenge, which called for innovations in the field of Sustainable Chemistry and Waste: Prevention, Recovery & Management, has just ended. The international jury of experts chose its 10 finalists from a large number of top-notch entries from five continents.

This year, ISC3 was looking for innovative solutions in all areas related to chemistry and sustainable waste, such as avoidance and reduction of environmental impact, sustainability and resilience, substitution of product ingredients critical preventing recycling, product design for longevity and improved recyclability, recovery and reuse of waste streams, recovery of energy and rare elements, safe and sound waste management and waste management related to the supply of renewable energy.

After a long and careful preparation and a two-round selection process that began in April 2022, the following start-ups have qualified for the ISC3 Innovation Challenge 2022 finals in competition with 170 other start-up solutions (in alphabetical order ):

  • B-Fresh Technologies, Serbia: B-FRESH has developed sustainable technology to help extend the shelf life of fresh foods by up to 100%. The technology encapsulates active ingredients that are on the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list, all-natural and non-toxic, to create an antimicrobial effect on a large number of different bacteria, yeasts and moulds. The solution is sprayed on fruits and vegetables, without influencing the taste or appearance of the packaging.
  • Brickify Ltd, Nigeria: Brickify is a social enterprise founded to solve 3 problems: homelessness, poverty and plastic waste. The Nigerian start-up recycles plastic waste into water- and heat-resistant wood and “lego” bricks, which are used to make a variety of products such as chairs, tables and even houses. “Lego” bricks are stronger and cheaper than other comparable options such as wood or cement products. As the name suggests, the bricks work like a lego, they fit together and do not need any additional materials when used for construction.
  • Cashew Shell BioRefinery, Germany: Cashew Shell BioRefinery extracts a specific substance from agricultural waste to synthesize bio-based products, with the potential to displace millions of kg of existing fossil equivalents. By comparison, their bio-based products tend to have neutral global warming potential, with minimal land and water use.
  • Congretype Green Energy Solutions, South Africa: Congretype Green Energy Solutions produces biopesticides using food waste as a growing medium in a solid-state fermentation process. In this way, Green Energy Solutions offers an innovative solution for farmers to exercise local control and viable pest management techniques, with the potential to catalyze sustainable local agricultural development.
  • EL MAT Sustainable Solutions, South Africa: EL MAT Sustainable Solutions has developed a microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology with a dual function: cleaning wastewater and generating electricity. The technology could be applied in low-income communities in urban and rural areas for decentralized power generation facilities, using organic waste generated by these communities (households) as well as manufacturers.
  • Hustlenomics Pty Ltd, South Africa: Hustlenomics is a social enterprise based in Soweto, South Africa. The key impact of Hustlenomics is to replace informal garden sheds with sustainable structures using interlocking bricks made from recycled construction waste, thereby providing sustainable income for homeowners and affordable rental housing for low-income people. .
  • Materials In Works, Malaysia: Materials in Works has developed a treatment process that recovers cellulose as a raw material for paper manufacturers, preventing valuable waste from ending up in landfills. This is mutually beneficial for the environment and the paper industry, as the price and availability of raw materials are major concerns for industry players.
  • MycoTEX/ NEFFA, Netherlands: MycoTEX is a new biomaterial made from compostable mushroom roots for bespoke textile products. The start-up has already evolved into an automated manufacturing method called New Fashion Factory (NEFFA). This patented process provides unprecedented design freedom to create silhouettes and textures never before possible with traditional manufacturing processes, while ensuring a perfect fit.
  • RAY Cosmetics, Ethiopia: RAY uses fish skin and scales from agricultural waste to extract valuable proteins and further process them to produce household natural cosmetics such as skin and hair care products. The process links chemical engineering, food waste management and cosmetology.
  • We Are Galaktika, Germany: The We Are Galaktika team has developed a resource-efficient technology for the chemical recycling of end-of-life silicones. Their chemical recycling technology allows end-of-life silicones to be used as an alternative raw material for new, high-quality silicones, contributing to a circular economy, saving energy and resources, while having a beneficial carbon footprint. .

All finalists will have access to personalized support from the ISC3 Global Startup Service (ISC3 GSS) in the form of online training. They will be featured through ISC3 communication channels as a “flagship case study for innovation in sustainable chemistry” in the ISC3 Start-up series of the month.

Based on their presentation at the end of the pitch training, the selected finalists will have the chance to compete to win EUR 15,000 and pitch on November 10, 2022 late afternoon CET during the fourth Virtual Investor Forum ISC3 2022.