The Ground_Up Project Blog was launched in November 2013, and since then, we’ve published over 100 articles featuring green projects and businesses around the world. That represents 100 ideas, opportunities, and inspirations for how to #GrowGreenBiz.
As a continuation of our series, here are our top 10 innovations in supply chains for a sustainable future.
|Ghana Bamboo Bikes
Ghana Bamboo Bikes works with local farms harvesting bamboo to avoid high costs and eliminate the carbon emissions that would be associated with importing materials. Not only do these bikes open up new jobs for women in the area, but they are also very durable and eco-friendly.
With over 600,000 tons of food going to waste every year in the UK, this local, organic restaurant, has found a way to utilize this food without having to throw it away. They go to extreme measures, making their own butter and cheese, getting coffee delivered by sailboats, and even composting their leftovers, to ensure that they are producing as little waste as possible.
Founder of Indosole, Kyle Parsons, found a way upcycle old motorbike tires by collecting them from landfills and then transforming them into fashionable sandals and shoes. All of these shoes are made by hand and consist solely of reused and recycled materials. Since 2010, Indosole has reused over 250,000 tired from Bali’s landfills.
70% of the world’s coffee is grown in Latin America, and most of the wastewater gets dumped into local rivers and streams. UTZ works with local farmers to create more sustainable supply chains and better working conditions. Their water management system in Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua reduces water use, treats wastewater, and captures methane gas for fuel.
With the number of cell phone owners rapidly increasing, Fairphone is working to create a completely ethical smartphone. They’re working to ensure sustainable sourcing of materials and safe working conditions are implemented. Plus, they safely recycle electronics to ensure that they are correctly disposed of.
16-year old Benjamin Stern is the young inventor of the 100% compostable, plant-based Nohbo balls. Simply apply water to the ball to access the shampoo or conditioner that is contained inside, and eliminate the plastic waste from these personal care products.
ILIA is an organic, healthy, and chemical free beauty line that ensures all aspects of their products are environmentally friendly. By only incorporating natural oils, ILIA has been able to provide consumers with new, award winning cosmetics.
|Comprehensive Design Services
Trying to solve the 17 million- unit housing insufficiency in Nigeria, CEO of Comprehensive Design Services, Chinwe Ohajuruka, started working on the Passive House Prototype. These houses require up to 75% less energy to construct, and all units are compact, naturally lit, and ventilated which allow them to be more energy efficient.
The Recycle Not a Waste Initiative (RECONWA) was started in attempt to reduce the 4000 tons of waste that is produced daily in Ghana. This program hires young adults to collect trash in neighborhoods, while also teaching the communities about the benefits of upcycling.
|Sustainable Health Enterprises
18% of women miss work or school because they are unable to afford menstrual pads. Now, SHE has found a way to create sanitary pads from agricultural waste. SHE also provides job opportunities for women producing these affordable and sustainable products.
Do you think there’s something missing from our list? We’re always on the lookout for new projects to join our platform and feature on our blog, so let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org