Unsustainable business practices are having an impact on the environment. Though not all firms are doing harm, that’s not good enough anymore. There is pressure to start making a net positive impact. To be truly ethical, a business must make its entire supply chain sustainable, and it must promote inclusion and diversity. Here are five of the 21st century’s best upcoming sustainable brands.
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KAir battery LLC
The intermittent nature of renewable energies, such as wind and solar power, is a stumbling block for the industry. Cheap and efficient energy storage is needed to provide a future for renewables, and KAir batteries do just that. Lithium-ion batteries are expensive, and extracting lithium causes severe damage to the environment. But using a mixture of potassium and air, KAir’s batteries have none of these downsides and can also hold a lot more power. The Ohio State University students behind the firm won several prominent sustainability awards in 2014, and could hit the big time in 2015.
Newlight was founded in 2003, but only really got going in 2013. After 10 years of research, the company produced AirCarbon, a plastic formed from methane and other greenhouse gases extracted from the air. Its versatility means it can be made into household products such as chairs. These items match both the price and performance of traditional oil-based products, yet they reduce environmental damage. AirCarbon is poised to take over the plastics market, especially as traditional plastics will become more expensive as oil supplies diminish.
Restaurants waste a huge amount of food, but it doesn’t need to be that way. Since 2006 BioTrans has been trying to change this, developing a system to convert waste food into biomass fuel. The food is placed in odour-free tanks in restaurant kitchens, then taken away to be converted into biomass and biogas which can be used as a renewable fuel. Restaurants now have the chance to make money out of waste. BioTrans is set to grow its business across Europe and the rest of the world in the next few years.
Dutch-based Groasis is going to become a world-famous name in sustainability. The company spent years developing Waterboxx, which helps plants to grow in areas of water scarcity. The system has been successfully trialled in Abu Dhabi’s deserts and could be the future of low-water agriculture especially as the strain on water supplies increases. Waterboxx allows for 90% less water to be used, yet the plants grow normally. Using the Waterboxx, wasteland can be transformed into valuable arable farms.
View’s ‘intelligent glass’ uses the sun’s energy to regulate a room’s light and temperature. The special glass reduces the energy demand for heating and cooling systems by balancing a room’s temperature and eliminating the need for blinds. It is mainly designed for the windows and doors in offices. Temperature and brightness can even be regulated by smartphone apps.