The Low Carbon Challenge is in full tilt! Six ventures have been chosen to get stuck into a series of workshops and events that will help them develop their business models, build industry connections, validate their ventures and prepare for funding.
Alongside support from mentors and advisors in the Wellington community, they’ll be honing their product with the 45k matched funding pool in mind.
We get things underway this Saturday June 4 at the LCC Jam Day. RSVPs are still open! Here our teams will pitch their ventures, answer questions and receive insights from a network of collaborators, mentors experts and advisors.
But firstly. . . say hello to the Low Carbon Challenge’s six awesome teams!
Food supply chains frankly aren’t what they could be. WorkerBe Oasis knows this and wants to show how they can be made efficient and sustainable while still remaining economic. Their solution? A self-sustaining, carbon negative food system right here in Wellington.
WorkerBe is a compost collection service that diverts organic waste from landfill, in turn reducing greenhouse emissions. Collected organic waste is utilised on their converted urban farm to grow nutrient rich food for local communities - half of which is given to foodbanks for Wellingtonians in need. But that’s not all. WorkerBe Oasis uses zero emission transport; collecting and distributing all organic waste via bike.
Common Unity Project Aotearoa
What's to gain out of an old football field in Epuni? How about turning it into a hub for self-sustainability, one that feeds kids and shares employable skills among its community?
Common Unity Project Aotearoa is a community farm project that grows food while cultivating skills and leadership among local families. Based out of Epuni Primary School, it grows food and practical solutions using a zero budget. The Project utilises re-purposed and recycled materials in a range of ways, a process which upskills its community and can lead to increased employment and profit-sharing.
Common Unity Project Aotearoa nurtures its whānau while ensuring that the standard flow of resources is interrupted before reaching a dead-end landfill - definitely a group we want to get behind.
The folks at Cobuy are keen on tech solutions for consumer co-ops. Funnily enough, we are too.
Co-ops are community groups that form to purchase and distribute wholesale items from a central location, but are often inefficient, complicated and pose significant barriers to uptake. Enter CoBuy.
CoBuy designs, develops, deploys and maintains software to streamline the co-op process and reduce supply-chain wastages. They want to support next-gen local economies with functional and accessible tools, while leveraging the viral scale of software to both increase supply and accelerate community-minded living.
Lofty goals, but Cobuy is walking the talk.
Currently working with two Petone-based co-ops, CoBuy estimates it’s software will reduce annual administration times by 300 and 600 hours, respectively, as well as providing a range of solutions and systems that report on operations.
The Misprint Co.
The Misprint Co. reckons one person’s printing error is another person’s notebook. They give paper a second life by repurposing waste-paper into non-treated (but stylish!) notebooks, providing New Zealanders a stepping-stone to behaviour change.
By raising awareness of our waste habits we can then begin to make meaningful change. The Misprint Co. does this by providing businesses with a closed loop service. Disposal boxes are periodically collected from the company and manufactured, with notebooks either bought back by the business or onsold to the public to offset recycling costs.
It's fashionable to be ethical, so here’s a Massey University initiative that gives local designers an alternative to the high-waste clothing industry.
Space Between wants the fashion industry to find a sustainable balance between design, manufacturing and consumption. They hope to achieve this by developing new business models that curtail textile and clothing waste, and bring about positive change. How so?
Space Between operates via two distinct strands:
designing out waste through its Fundamentals clothing line that is manufactured using zero-waste materials.
designing in closed-loop solutions by providing an incubated space that tests developing ideas and is linked directly to the market.
No Ikea in NZ? No worries. Papertown Studio’s got something better, not to mention more eco-friendly.
Papertown Studio is in the process of designing and researching the manufacturing of a unique line of zero-waste furniture. They want to offer kit-set furniture packages with easy-to-use instructions, but go a step further than the Ikeas of the world: packaging is integrated into the final product - i.e. the customer assembles their piece with no excess materials to dispose of - in addition to their zero-waste manufacturing.
Papertown Studio’s products will tell a story about waste (or lack of it), and give the user a positive and educational experience when assembling their kit-set.
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