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We’re now on the MaterialDistrict platform!

CO2 sequestering concrete? Recycled plastic walls?

Chitin and Cellulose flexible food packaging?

And bio-based building materials…we’re now on the MaterialDistrict platform.

MaterialDistrict is the world’s leading match-making platform in the field of innovative materials empowering global innovation by linking material needs with material solutions. 

There’s a whole range of weird and wonderful innovations to check out online by following this link to MaterialDistrict.com

The MaterialDistrict network encourages joint innovation towards a better, more sustainable and higher quality society.

R&D and design professionals are using the platform to discover new material solutions across six market sector categories – ‘Architecture’, ‘Interiors’, ‘Apparel & Textiles’, ‘Urban & Landscapes’, ‘Products’, ‘Graphics and Packaging’.

MaterialDistrict 2019 (previously knows as Material Xperience) will take place from 12-14 March 2019 in Rotterdam and is a leading event for R&D and design professionals.

We’re thrilled that MaterialDistrict have chosen both Breathaplasta and Breathaboard to feature online and at their exhibitions tot take our healthy, low carbon, bio based designs to a wider audience across Europe and beyond. Indeed we’ve already seen an increase in enquiries for both Breathaboard and Breathaplasta from Italy, Denmark, Austria and the USA.

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Breathing new life into our listed buildings

Most people will have come across a listed building in their life, either through visiting one of many historically significant sites under the stewardship of the National Trust or similar conservation organisation or perhaps because they are fortunate enough to live in one. Owning a listed property brings with it great responsibility for the care, upkeep and protection of a piece of our national heritage.

The National Trust’s Kingston Lacy in Dorset – a fine example of a Grade I listed building

On a recent visit to clients on two sites in central England, Owen, our Breathaplasta Product Manager, saw first-hand the level of care and craftsmanship that’s required when breathing new life into our listed buildings and restoring them to their former glory.

Corley Manor, Warwickshire

In July 2018 Owen visited Corley Manor, a Grade II listed Georgian Manor house situated in the village of Corley, North Warwickshire. Owen was there to see Lime expert, Mark Holden from The Lime Plastering Company who’s been tasked with bringing the building back to life alongside a team of specialist heritage builders and tradesmen.

Corley Manor, Warwickshire

The Manor house dates back to 1823 where it was the former Rectory to Corley Parish Church. The building is packed with original Georgian features from high ceilings with original coving to large bay windows, hand decorated fireplaces and a grand sweeping staircase that leads up to a central landing and five large bedrooms. Not for the faint-hearted, Corley Manor needed total renovation and modernisation from top to bottom and this is where Adaptavate’s products came into their own.

As a pre-mixed blended lime plaster, Breathaplasta was the natural choice when it came to selecting appropriate materials for a sympathetic renovation. Breathaplasta offers all the qualities of a soft lime putty plaster, but with enhanced breathability and a workability and setting time more similar to gypsum based plasters. This allowed Mark and his team to breeze through the property and plaster entire rooms in just a single day, whereas with other, similar products it may have taken more like 2-3 days. Further speeding the process was Mark’s use of Adaptavate’s freshly launched Grip Coat plaster primer. Just like Breathaplasta, this high quality, ultra-breathable product saves time and labour on installation.

Mark from The Lime Plastering Company said;

“By priming the pre-existing areas of lime plaster and ceilings with Adaptavate’s grip coat, we were able to quickly and easily over skim a top coat of Breathaplasta. This not only helped restore a high level of breathability to the building fabric, but also enabled us to easily obtain the slightly more textured finish desired by the client”.

We will be following Mark’s project to its expected completion this Autumn.

If you have a project in the West Midlands and require an experienced lime plasterer, why not contact Mark by following this link to his website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heather Hall, Leicestershire

In July 2018, Owen also visited Heather Hall in Leicestershire. A large and impressive redbrick Grade II listed house dating back to the 18th century. Owen met with Nick Miller of NM Joinery Design Ltd. whose company took on the challenging project of bringing the building back from the brink.

Heather Hall, Leicestershire

Most likely built as a grand farmhouse, for most of its history it was owned by the Goode family before serving as a girls’ day and boarding school and finally as a riding stable in the mid and late 20th century. The Hall, stables and land were purchased in 2014 in an extremely poor state of repair after nearly a quarter of a century of neglect and so began the restoration and re-purposing of the hall as a single dwelling.

 

 

 

Nick is project managing a complicated restoration project that has not only brought the building back from the brink but has totally modernised and transformed the interior. The ‘hard-to-treat’ solid brick external walls have been successfully insulated by lining the interiors with Aerogel ultra-thin high-performance insulation boards. This provides maximum thermal performance and modern comfort without needing to make big alterations to the walls. This philosophy continues throughout the building as Breathaplasta is applied at 4-7mm on internal walls and partition boards to further improve thermal performance prior to the application of a fine lime putty top coat skim finish to blend with the natural tones of the stone features within the property.

Rob who’s contracted to complete all plastering on behalf of NM Joinery Design Ltd. said;

“I’m impressed with Breathaplasta and it’s a really nice lime plaster to work with. It’s quick and easy to apply and enables you to work fast – great for a large project such as this. I also like that the natural texture of the plaster gives it a ‘built-in’ grip for follow up coats. It allows you to build up multiple coats of Breathaplasta really nicely without the need for ‘scratching’ the base coat each time, which again saves time”.

We will be following Nick’s project over the next year as it moves to completion.

If you have an upcoming project in the Midlands, why not contact Nick by following this link to his website.

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How to decorate Breathaplasta for a naturally healthy plaster finish

How do I decorate Breathaplasta?

This is one of the most common questions that we are asked on a weekly basis, so we thought we’d shine a light on it by answering your queries in a short blog post. Read on for paint-based enlightenment.

Smooth and textured Breathaplasta with natural paint finish.

Smooth and textured Breathaplasta with natural paint finish.

What textured finishes can I achieve with Breathaplasta.

Breathaplasta is a lime plaster with super-fine hemp particles within the mix and this allows for a whole range of finishes to be achieved. It can be troweled to a smooth finish with standard plastering techniques (see our ‘how-to’ videos on YouTube by clicking here) or the fine flecks of hemp can be brought to the surface by using a sponge float and a range of attractive textured finishes can be achieved.  It is a versatile product that can be conventional or creative to suit your design needs.

How do I preserve the natural finish?

The natural finish of Breathaplasta is very attractive as it dries to a pale cream colour and one of our most frequent questions is whether the plaster can be left undecorated. The simple answer is yes and we’ve numerous projects where the natural finish was most desired and the plaster left untreated. This can additionally save on the costs on painting the surface and ensures that it remains ultra-breathable (vapour diffusion-open). However, an untreated surface that’s not been sealed is prone to ‘off-dusting’ – a harmless fine chalky dust that’s generated over time, especially if the finished plaster is in areas of high wear and tear. To prevent this, we recommend the use of a clear lacquer or varnish for a slightly more gloss appearance or a clear, diluted plaster primer solution for a more matte finish. These will best preserve the natural colour and finish of Breathaplasta whilst sealing the surface. Speak to one of the team for product recommendations that are natural, non-toxic and ultra-breathable.

Breathaplasta lime plaster healthy

Range of textured Breathaplasta finishes both untreated and sealed.

Can I paint the surface?

Absolutely, you can paint the surface. Breathaplasta is compatible with all mainstream brands of internal decorating paints and you can treat a wall plastered with Breathaplasta as you would any other internal wall plaster product. If you have any concerns or want guidance on application, consult the specific paint manufacturer or speak to one of our team.

Natural and organic paint for natural and organic plaster

Natural and organic paints are made from natural binders, pigments and solvents. They include clay paints, chalk paints and milk paints (casein).

Should I use special paints?

Breathaplasta is an ultra-breathable lime plaster that has a highly vapour diffusion-open structure – in simple terms this means that moisture can freely pass through the material. This is also important for another performance aspect to Breathaplasta, its condensation control; the ability of Breathaplasta to naturally regulate humidity within a room. This extends to the paints that you use to decorate. To maximise the performance of the ‘lungs’ within Breathaplasta it’s important to use paints that preserve this breathability and do not ‘clog up’ the surface. Most mainstream emulsion paints have a degree of breathability with vinyl paints being the least breathable choice. The major downside to mainstream paints is that their chemical formulation can lead to the off gassing of toxic compounds that can be bad for your health and the health of your family.

Natural paints are a better choice for improved indoor air quality and a healthier living environment.

Natural and organic paints use plant oils, tree resins, earths and minerals that have been in use for millennia.

Natural and organic paints use plant oils, tree resins, earths and minerals that have been in use for millennia.

Why should people choose to use natural paint?

There are many reasons why natural paints are a better option and why people should be choosing to decorate with them. Natural paint ingredients such as plant oils, tree resins, earths and minerals have been in use for millennia and their chemical make-up means that they are much less toxic to human health than modern synthetic chemical paints. This is important given we spend up to 90% of our time indoors.

Natural paints are highly-breathable and allow for the movement of moisture through them which in turn allow the walls to breathe and prevents moisture from getting trapped within the walls which can lead to mould and rot causing damage to the fabric of the building.

Some mainstream chemical paints are non-breathable and do not allow movement of moisture. Painting your wall with these is like applying a layer of plastic to your wall – imagine running a marathon with a plastic coat on, all the moisture from sweating would be trapped inside and would make you feel very uncomfortable, not to mention…damp! Now imagine running that marathon with a highly breathable material that allows the moisture to wick away from your body and evaporate – much more pleasant and much healthier. We all wear high performance, breathable sportswear, but we don’t apply the same logic to our family homes.

What’s wrong with mainstream paints?

Paints have been used for thousands of years and it is only in the last century that they have been supplied by chemical companies using the by-products of oil refining. We’ve moved away from plant oils, tree resins, earths and minerals to petrochemical based paints that have become the mainstream option most readily available in our shops.

But petrochemical paints have a lot of ‘nasties’ in them, including formaldehyde, ammonium, titanium dioxide and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Many of these can cause respiratory and neurological problems, skin irritation and have even been linked to causing cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies chemicals as carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic or possibly carcinogenic. VOCs appear in all three categories.

Even with limits in place on the level of harmful chemicals paints can contain, many mainstream formulations can aggravate allergies, trigger asthma and cause headaches and dizziness – and yet we still choose to paint our children’s bedrooms with these chemical paints.

Asthma UK, a leading research and education charity lists decorating paints as one of the leading asthma triggers in the home.

What are natural paints made from?

Natural paints are made from natural ingredients – it’s all in the name! The term covers paints made from natural binders, pigments and solvents and includes clay paints, chalk paints and milk paints (casein). Solvents can be derived from citrus fruits and pigments and binders can be clay, chalk, plant material and plant oils. Although terms like ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ are less regulated than the food industry, most natural paint companies take a more responsible approach to production and produce non-toxic paints in a significantly less harmful way than the mainstream chemical paint companies.

Natural and organic paints can contain solvents derived from citrus fruits.

Natural and organic paints can contain solvents derived from citrus fruits.

What is the difference in cost?   

Natural paints tend to be the same price as premium paints and a little more expensive than mass market mainstream paints and own brand products. Coverage tends to be quite similar and they are usually just as easy to apply, however, drying times can take a little longer as natural paints tend to omit chemicals that speed up the drying process.

 

 

Summary

Breathaplasta is a very versatile product that offers a range of natural finishes from smooth to textured to super-textured applications for feature walls. The plaster dries to an attractive pale cream colour that’s highly desirable and can be left untreated. For a more complete look and to prevent off-dusting, seal the surface of the plaster with clear natural sealants. This best preserves the colour, texture and appearance of the natural plaster finish.

Painting Breathaplasta is the most common form of decoration and a whole world of paints awaits! You can paint Breathaplasta with any paint, but the use of many mainstream paints can lead to off gassing of toxic compounds that are unhealthy for you and your family and can contribute to poor indoor air quality with effects ranging from itchy or watery eyes, difficulty breathing, dizziness, itchy skin and a variety of other ailments as well as potential for serious health problems with prolonged exposure.

To get the best possible air quality in your home and to maximise breathability, use natural and organic paints. There are many good quality suppliers and their products offer superior breathability, are a much healthier and safer choice for you and your family and are often produced in a more environmentally conscious way.

To find out more you can visit the Ethical Consumer website by following this link.

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Cleantech Heroes in Tallinn, Estonia

Adaptavate were super excited to be invited to the beautiful and historic Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, to take part in a Climate KIC two-day Masterclass on meaningful branding. Owen, our Breathaplasta Product Manager packed his bags, jumped on a plane and joined an event attended by well over 40 other cleantech startups from right across Europe.

Beautiful Tallinn

From renewable energy and energy efficiency to software developers, food innovators and materials scientists the room was buzzing with great ideas and fizzing with the kind of energy you’d expect from cleantech pioneers.

Masterclass in action on Day 1

The event was led by Alisa Murphy, the founder and CEO of Life Size Media, one of the only communications agencies in Europe that chooses to work exclusively in cleantech. Life Size Media work on the belief that a good story can change the world, and they only tell those stories for companies that they genuinely want to see succeed. They’ve run award-winning campaigns combining public relations with design, marketing, digital and film and so had a lot to share with the room.

#cleantechheroes with Alisa Murphy, founder and CEO of Life Size Media

The Masterclass was a fascinating insight into the power of effective branding and messaging and the two-day session provided a lens for Adaptavate to better define its brand strategy and key messages and consider how to communicate this to customers.

Our Product Manager, Owen said “it is great to have these opportunities to work alongside other exciting and innovative young companies; to learn from their experiences, both good and bad and to bounce off their positive energy. I think the cleantech world is naturally a place for positive and innovative people who are looking to make a meaningful contribution to society and the environment through their work. This Masterclass was all about finding effective ways to channel that energy and positivity into successful branding and I think every company in the room left with a clearer vision of the message they wanted to communicate to their customers”.

Thanks to Alisa Murphy and the team at Life Size Media and to Climate KIC for their ongoing support.

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Healthy Home Experts – Building Biology Events in Bristol

Adaptavate is a company built on ecological foundations, set up to develop and commercialise the next generation of bio materials for the mainstream construction industry. For four years we’ve been working to highlight health in our homes and buildings and the importance of healthy material choices as well as performance materials that can regulate moisture and improve indoor air quality. In this time the subject of healthy buildings has rapidly moved up the agenda and it was enormously pleasing this month to see The Green Register offer the UK’s first ever half-day series of training on Building Biology at DeskLodge, Bristol.

Desklodge Bristol

Hosted by the Green Register in partnership with the ASBP and presented by Tomas Gartner, Architect and Director at Passivhaus architects Gale & Snowden. The events proved a fascinating introduction to Building Biology and the Building Biology Standard – a simple methodology that puts health in our homes and building right at the forefront of design. The event was well attended by architects, developers and building professionals and really highlighted the importance of the fabric first approach for the health and wellbeing of building occupants. Of particular note was the reflection on how to improve indoor air quality and regulate moisture in our increasingly airtight and energy efficient living and working spaces. An excellent forum to learn from experts and discuss material specification with interested professionals. 

Greenwood house by Gale & Snowden Architects

What is Building Biology?

Building Biology is the holistic study of the interrelationships between humans and their man-made environment.  It is the science of creating healthy, life enhancing buildings. The Institute of Building Biology and Sustainability was founded in Germany in 1983 and from this the Building Biology Standard (Standard der Baubiologischen Messtechnik / SBM) was developed. This standard (most recently SBM-2015) gives an overview of the physical, chemical and biological, risks encountered in different parts of a building.  It offers guidelines on how to: perform specific measurements for other environmental factors such as indoor air quality; measure and evaluate electromagnetic radiation exposure and assess possible health risks.

The Building Biology movement is growing with over 6000 architects, doctors, surveyors, material suppliers etc trained internationally to create interiors which promote life within the built environment.

To find out more go to www.buildingbiology.co.uk

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Adaptavate invited to House of Parliament for release of UK Green Building Council paper.

This month saw our founder; Tom invited to the Houses of Parliament as part of the
UK Green Building Council’s (UKGBC) release of an influential report on Healthy
House Building. The report aims to highlight the need to balance the need for
300,000 new homes a year with the quality to which these homes are built.

 

In a time when outdoor air pollution rightly gets a lot of exposure in the media, it is
important to consider the air quality of our homes and work places as we spend on
average 90% of our time indoors. The cost to the NHS of treating medical conditions
associated with poor living conditions is estimate to be as high as £2.5bn per year.

The UKGBC released a paper in 2016 highlighting the need and opportunity in this
space and has continued their work to date to bring it to the public’s consciousness
as the Prime Minister herself has recognised the connections between local environment and wellbeing in her 25 year Environment Plan.

 

It was a very well attended event with some of the big contractors, architects and
thinkers attending and an engaging address from Rebecca Pow MP, (Parliamentary
Private Secretary, DEFRA) and Ashley Bateson from Hoare Lea who were
collaborating on the report.

From Adaptavate’s point of view, this is a very informative paper and re-iterates that
the inclusion of the next generation of high performing, healthy building products
such as Breathaboard and Breathaplasta into the market is as important as ever.
This is combined with the fact that people are becoming increasingly aware of what
their homes are made of and how this effects their health.

This supports the notion that, as product developers, we need to continue to design
high-performing materials that don’t just ‘do a job’ but that can help improve people’s
lives, by creating healthy, liveable and beautiful spaces in which to work and play. It
is also our job to make sure that the materials are easy to use and specify and that
people across the spectrum understand the benefits in a clear and transparent way,
supported by substantiated performance claims and rigorous testing procedures.

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Adaptavate exhibit with nbuk at ecobuild 2018

Adaptavate were excited to collaborate with Natural Building UK (nbuk) to promote the use of natural building materials and techniques at one of the UK’s biggest construction industry events, ecobuild ExCeL London 06-08 March 2018.

Natural Building UK took over a whole café area at the show and Adaptavate were there alongside some of the brightest and best of the UK natural building industry to showcase Breathaplasta and the benefits of high performance natural materials.

 

 

You could sense a real buzz at the show with a genuine excitement and enthusiasm for all things natural and healthy as live demonstrations of lime and clay plastering, hempcrete, straw bale building and many more engaged the crowds over the course of the 3-day event.

Breathaplasta was displayed within the timber framed structure sitting pride of place at the nbuk café. Exhibitors from nbuk were on hand to help and guide visitors on getting the best for their individual projects. In particular, Breathaplasta proved popular for being both a natural, chemical free material and time and labour saving choice – something that’s rarely associated with natural building technologies.

 

The Natural Building Café  was a real hit and was busy throughout the show with a warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere from the experts on stand. Huge thanks to everyone involved for making it such a success and we look forward to being back next year!

In addition to nbuk, Adaptavate were featured as part of the ‘buildings as material banks’ travelling show from Holland thanks to our friend across the water, Richard de la Roy of Dutch company Eco-Makelaar. Richard is opening up some exciting channels into the European market for Adaptavate’s innovative products. Watch this space!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

nbuk is a growing organisation that aims to promote natural material choices and techniques within the construction industry. From wood, stone, earth and straw to traditional thatch, natural insulation clay and lime plastering. Nbuk represents building contractors, architects, education providers and material suppliers in the natural building sphere.

 

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Transforming Construction with the MTC and George Clarke’s MOBIE.

Following our work with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry last year we were invited to attend an event they recently hosted focussed on Transforming the Construction Sector. Various speakers addressed an audience of the leading building companies, developers, specifiers and product producers. It was also a great day, as George Clarke from the TV programs ‘Restoration Man’ and ‘Amazing Spaces’ presented his new baby – the Ministry of Building Innovation and Education (MOBIE)

George Clarke presenting MOBIE

Neil Rawlinson from the MTC stated that the construction sector is unique, in that it still combines many individual components, but not in a process controlled environment such as a factory – it is done on-site.  He highlighted the challenges the industry faces with a big skills gap, low margins, constant delays and accidents on-site and suggested a complete re-think towards a different system for designing and delivering buildings is needed. One where there is a modularity, where there are less components assembled on site, requiring less skilled labour and less handovers from one trade to another, reducing delays and reducing risk of accidents.

Mike Pitts from Innovate UK suggested there were some exciting developments with regards to the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and how it may support manufacturing and construction particularly.  He echoed Neil’s points around taking learnings from other industries and suggested that a Component -> Platform -> Product approach may be the way forward. A component being building materials, systems and services, a platform being a modular house or a panel of a house and a product being the finished home. He suggested that if this approach was taken, combined with a mass customisation of a few ‘platforms’ or house offerings, then the industry could increase the options for the customers/homeowners but reduce the variables on-site and in the supply chain. Later in the day we got to see first hand some of the innovative work that the MTC is carrying out with Brydon Wood on this kind of approach for commercial, public projects – where they are assembling components in factories, in controlled environments to be assembled on-site to reduce time delay with projects in the build phase, improve quality and improve health and safety.

George Clarke introduced the MOBIE concept focusing on how the industry should not always be focussed on time and cost – there is the forgotten measurement of quality! The idea behind MOBIE is to educate and inspire the next generation of designers, architects and practitioners to look at how we can make buildings BETTER and we need to focus on making the industry as a whole more attractive for the up and coming bright minds. This is something we resonate with at Adaptavate and part of the reason why Tom has been asked to give talks at schools and universities – to inspire the next generation.

 

At Adaptavate, we believe that homes are our third-skin, a place of shelter, security, growth and where we bring up our families. We spend 90% of our time indoors so we need to make them healthy. This is something that MOBIE share with us – they want to innovate to develop BETTER and HEALTHY housing that looks great and inspire people to make this happen. A great message to resonate with change makers in our industry and we want to collaborate with people like this.

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Adaptavate exhibit at The Listed Property Show

We were excited to collaborate with our friends Eco-Renovation UK on an exhibition stand at The Listed Property Show at Olympia London over the weekend 24 & 25 February. The two-day event saw crowds of people flock in from all over the UK, especially from London’s surrounding counties.

Adam Illes, Founder of Eco-Renovation UK and a damp, insulation and renovation expert for older properties was on hand to guide people through the complexities of renovating and treating listed buildings. His display of Hempcrete blocks created quite a stir with many unaware of the extent of thematerial’s insulative properties, thermal mass and ability to regulate moisture and improve indoor air quality. It was great to see so many people engaged with natural materials and clued up on the need for traditional and breathable methods of renovation and restoration. However, it was even more pleasing to see such a positive reaction from newcomers to the highly breathable hemp and lime-based biomaterials we were promoting – from hempcrete to hemp insulation panels and of course, our own high performance hemp and lime plaster, Breathaplasta.

Other show highlights for the heritage enthusiast were practical demonstrations of lime plaster, lime mortar and lead work, window restoration, brickwork and paint and master carvers at work. In addition is was great to see ISO Energy’s informative talk on sensitively integrating modern renewable technologies into our older listed buildings.

A feature display of Buildings at Risk in association with Historic England and SAVE Britain’s Heritage capped off a great exhibition and highlighted the responsibility and commitment required of those who take on our heritage buildings to restore them and to preserve their legacy.

Thanks go to the organisers and we look forward to introducing our high performance lime plaster and lime-based biocomposites to new visitors in 2019.

If you missed us at The Listed Property Show you’ll be pleased to know that we’re also exhibiting at ecobuild 06-08 March 2018 /ExCeL, London.

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Adaptavate feature in Fat Lama’s top 10 Green Business Ideas 

We love what we’re doing at Adaptavate and we know the positive social and environmental impact we can have, but it’s still nice to be told so every once in a while. This month we’re chuffed to bits to feature in Fat Lama’s top 10 Green Business Ideas alongside great companies like Bio-Bean, Grow Bristol and Impossible Foods.

Who are Fat Lama? I hear you say. Well click here to find out more about their groovy online sharing platform dubbed the ‘AirBnB for stuff’. One of their many benefits is that by opting to borrow, not buy, we can put the brakes on unnecessary mass-manufacturing and carbon intensive distribution systems.

Like all these companies, Adaptavate is a business founded to do good in the knowledge that our industries can work in more efficient and more sustainable ways and it’s great to see some of the really interesting and exciting work being done in the fields of sustainability, health, wellbeing and empowerment. We were thrilled to feature alongside these international brands and will be watching them as they grow and flourish. You can click here to see the full list of Fat Lama’s top 10 Green Business Ideas.

  1. OLIO

London based software company. OLIO connects neighbours and local shops so surplus food can be shared, not thrown away.

  1. Good Guide

Good Guide is an app that rates products based on safety and health and empowers consumers to choose products based on their health and environmental credentials.

  1. Conscious Step

New York based Conscious Step was created to bring more awareness to the problems faced by the world today and the organisations fighting these problems. Every pair of socks is partnered with a different non-profit so you can support the causes you love simply by purchasing these items of everyday wear.

  1. Molekule

A San Francisco-based startup with a sleekly designed molecular air purifier that uses nanotechnology to break down pollutants – moulds, bacteria, viruses and chemicals.

  1. Adaptavate

A biomaterials company based in Stroud, England that is re-thinking the material flows within the construction industry. Their products are designed to replace conventional materials but utilise crop waste making them renewable and compostable avoiding landfill. They are even high performance in use, leading to healthier and more energy efficient homes and buildings.

  1. 31 Bits

Using jewellery and design to empower people to rise above poverty, 31 Bits is a fashion company with a difference. Every time you make a 31 bits purchase you have a direct impact on women’s lives in Uganda where their products are made.

  1. Bio-Bean

A London based company founded in 2013, bio-bean is the first company in the world to industrialise the process of recycling waste coffee grounds into advanced bio fuels.

  1. Grow Bristol

An innovative start-up based in, you guessed it, Bristol! Turning old shipping containers into agricultural sites, they use aquaponics to produce ultra-local leafy greens without the air miles. It also uses 80% less water making it a win-win!

  1. Impossible Foods

Based in California, Impossible Foods Inc. is possibly the most ambitious environmental food company out there. They have a team of scientists and food experts working to develop plant-based meat and dairy products made without animals. The meatless Impossible Burger is ground-breaking and looks and tastes just like the real thing.

  1. My Green World

A Melbourne-based social enterprise dedicated to addressing global wildlife and environmental challenges through innovative, youth-focussed education.

 

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