Mango Materials: We Need An Ecosystem of Thinkers and Solvers from Unlikely Places!

Former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman interviewed Molly Morse of Mango Materials and Cyrus Wadia, VP for Sustainable Business Innovation at Nike, at the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit on March 2-3 at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon. They consider what system level changes are needed to accelerate a circular economy. Morse also talks about how Mango Materials is transforming waste gas streams into affordable biodegradable materials that are functionally and economically competitive with petroleum-based products.

Mango Materials transforms waste methane, into biodegradable plastics that are economically and functionally competitive with oil-based plastics. The methane is captured and fed to naturally occurring bacteria that produce the biodegradable plastic. Once that product is no longer needed, the PHA will break down in a microbial rich environment producing methane which can be turned back into PHA with Mango Materials’ cradle-to-cradle process. Follow @MangoMaterials and find more information about Mango Materials here.

Molly Morse, Mango Materials at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

Background:

Mango Materials Showcase, LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

Plastics are convenient and ubiquitous in everyday life but traditionally manufactured from oil, a non-renewable resource. At the end of their useful lives, few plastics are actually recycled and therefore persist in landfills or oceans for thousands of years. Mango Materials joined LAUNCH with their affordable biodegradable plastics from methane, a greenhouse gas for the Green Chemistry Challenge in 2014.

Bioamber: Using Sugars To Produce Building Block Chemicals More Responsibly

Anne Waddell of Bioamber spoke with David Constable of the American Chemistry Society and former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman at the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit on March 2-3 at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, about producing building-block chemicals more responsibly and economically. Bioamber makes renewable chemicals from sugars rather than fossil fuels to create plastics, food, textiles, and personal care items.
At BioAmber they have developed technology to convert renewable sugars to bio-based succinic acid a chemical building-block, that replaces petroleum-based chemicals to offer both performance and sustainability in a broad range of products from industrial applications such as polyurethanes, paints and coatings, to specialty applications, such as flavours and food, and personal care ingredients. At @BioAmber you can follow the latest updates. Read more about the innovation here.

Bioamber Showcase at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

When it comes to sustainable chemicals, there is a need to bridge the demand across the different players at multiple levels of the supply chain – from chemical producers to brands and retailers and consumers. In 2014, with the Green Chemistry Challenge BioAmber joined LAUNCH as sustainable chemicals company that combines industrial biotechnology and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstock into chemicals for use in a variety of everyday products including plastics, paints, and polyurethanes.

 

Vigga.us: We Need a Shift From Ownership to Usership

Entrepreneur Vigga Svensson of Vigga.us and Håkan Nordqvist, Director of Sustainability at IKEA, talk about why it’s imperative to entice consumers to be part of a sustainable culture. Vigga is a kids’ wear brand and circular subscription service that reuses children’s clothing. It provides an innovative business model where consumers become an active part of the solution to problems of waste and overconsumption.

The Vigga.US business model has the potential to reduce the footprint up to 80%, compared to the traditional children’s fashion consumption. This circular model can accelerate a powerful movement, which can lead to a whole new and meaningful way of consumption. Follow @ViggaUS for updates.

Vigga.us Showcase LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

Vigga.us joined LAUNCH in 2014 for the Textiles Challenge with the innovative solution based a concept of a innovative business model that combines sustainability and fashion consumption, and makes them work together instead of against each other.

”In my work on sustainable business models, Vigga is without any doubt one of the absolute best examples I have seen of a new business model which is both environmentally and socially sustainable, and at the same time has huge potential for up-scaling and for creating substantial profits.”
– Lars Mortensen, Head of Sustainable Consumption and Production European Environment Agency

Kiverdi: Our Supply Chains Aren’t Inherently Sustainable

At the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit on March 2-3 at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon, Lisa Dyson of Kiverdi talked with Dan Wilson of Dow Chemicals and former astronaut Cady Coleman about a revolutionary bioprocess, inspired by NASA and developed by Kiverdi.

“Imagine a world where instead of filling up landfills, we are converting carbon-based resources into the raw materials used to produce consumer goods products, surfactants and even fuel for our airplanes. Kiverdi is commercializing a robust industrial bioprocess that can make this world a reality.” – Lisa Dyson, CEO of Kiverdi

Kiverdi innovation uses microbial crops to convert carbon dioxide into protein and oils, the process can provide a sustainable alternative to meet global consumer demand for animal protein.

Background:

In 2012 for the Beyond Waste Challenge Kiverdi joined LAUNCH with a innovation that solves the dual problem of waste management and price volatility of chemicals by utilizing waste biomass as feedstock. Through a proprietary syngas conversion process, the bioreactor upgrades syngas and CO2 into oil, enabling the production of drop-in and custom oil-based chemicals at a fraction of the cost of chemical catalysts. The feedstock, from forestry residue, landfills, stranded natural gas or agricultural effectively, recycles waste carbon reducing the carbon footprint of these untapped waste streams. Kiverdi’s technology also has the ability to use crude glycerol or industrial flue gases.

Kabadiwalla Connect: Inclusivity and Understanding the Local Context Is Crucial

Siddharth Hande of Kabadiwalla Connect and Amy Millington of eBay talked about the importance of inclusivity and understanding the local context especially in the developing world. They talked with former NASA astronaut Cady Coleman at the LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit, March 2-3 at Nike headquarters in Portland, Oregon.

Kabadiwalla Connect is a new business model for handling urban waste. The idea is to help people connect to and work with India’s existing system of kabadiwallas — small scrap-dealers who buy trash from consumers — to enable reuse of all recyclable waste that would otherwise end up in landfills. Follow @KabadiConnect and get the latest updates on the innovation.

Siddharth Hande, Kabadiwalla Connect at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

Kabadiwalla Connect joined LAUNCH in 2016 for the Glosed Loop Solutions Challenge with RecyKle, an app that helps people get the information they need to manage their domestic waste responsibly: get simple tips to help sort waste, sign-up for composting events, and connect to the closest Kabadiwalla (small scrap-dealers that are ubiquitous in the city).  The technology, which consists of an app that Kabadiwallas can use, as well as an administrator dashboard, helps drive transparency in material pricing and smarter decision making while picking up recyclables. Furthermore, India’s first smart Material Recovery Facility (MRF) is part of the innovation and uses technology to integrate into the informal waste ecosystem.

Kabadiwalla Connect Showcase at LAUNCH Circular Innovation Summit. Photo: Ben Mund

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