Sustainability has shot to the top of the retail agenda in recent years as consumers increasingly gravitate to businesses with green credentials. But which companies should retailers be looking to partner with to help them on that journey?
In their new series, Incubator, Retail Week has assembled a panel of experts to highlight the most innovative and exciting tech firms and start-ups that can help retailers turbocharge their strategies and adapt to changing consumer habits.
This month, the panel runs the rule over the eye-catching firms creating more sustainable solutions for their retail partners.
James Bidwell, co-founder of consultancy Re_Set, and owner, Springwise
Isabela Chick, managing director, retail and beauty, Founders Factory
Tessa Clarke, co-founder and chief executive, Olio
Andrew Mann, managing partner of North Bailey, and former boss of Tesco Clubcard
Matt Truman, co-founder and chief executive, True
onsite, turning it into green energy and also recovering all the nutrients in the waste in order to grow new, fresh food.
The business says its model empowers every hospital, shopping mall, neighbourhood and food manufacturer to transform themselves from waste-producer into food-grower, without the need for any transport or CO2 emissions along the way.
Biodegradable waste, such as kitchen waste and commercial waste, can be turned into liquid organic fertiliser and compost. Different sizes of its “digesters” can recycle between 500kg and 3,600kg of organic waste every day.
The Waste Transformers’ decentralised model democratises waste in a way that is circular and with a healthy business case. The company has projects under construction in the Netherlands, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leone and Dubai. It has already launched a partnership with Swedish homewares giant Ikea for installation at one of its stores. Other retailers should take note. Tessa Clarke Olio
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