Lately, Madrid has become the global meeting point for the fight for international climate change. States must conclude the development of the Paris Agreement at COP25 this week and commit to further reducing their emissions across the board. It´s an important week for global change and therefore, we have decided to dedicate todays post to sustainability, offering you 6 food startups that are driving solutions for the biggest problems caused by industrialization and population growth. These companies rightfully assume that nature and the environment are not an inexhaustible source of resources for the human race, with its protection and rational use being necessary if we want to make real change.
Several studies state that plant-based protein has a much smaller environmental impact than that of animal origin. However, what would happen if an even more sustainable protein source was right in front of us?
Air Protein is a pioneer startup making waves in a new category of consumption: air-based foods. The company, developed at the University of Berkeley, has just manufactured the world´s first air-based meat.
The transformation of the very air particles we breathe into proteins will revolutionize the way we approach food production in the future. The production process requires elements that are found in the air and combined with water and mineral nutrients. Air Protein is transforming the food industry by using renewable energy and taking advantage of a probiotic production process to convert the elements into proteins rich in nutrients and with the exact amino acid profile as an animal protein.
The British startup Satisfied Snacks knows how to turn a fresh salad into a crispy and highly nutritious chip. This innovative offering doesn´t carry wheat, corn, potatoes or other starchy ingredients and is something completely new on the snacks market.
Satisfied Snacks uses 100% renewable energy that is generated onsite to produce these salad chips. A biomass boiler provides heat to dry and recover cooking oil for electricity. In addition, its packaging is 100% recyclable, sold in a 100% plastic-free metal can, that enables consumers to keep their snacks fresh and flavorful. And the best part? The packaging can be recycled again and again…
MarinaTex has developed a new packaging prototype made of fish and seaweed surplus. The best thing about this innovative packaging solutions is that if it ends up in the ocean, it won´t represent any danger to the animals living in it.
The inventor of MarinaTex is Lucy Hughes, who after having visited a fish processing plant, realized the huge amount of waste generated by the industry. Unlike some “compostable” plastics, the new material can decompose in a composting container in four to six weeks. “All the ingredients are suitable for food,” says Hughes. “Therefore, its degradation time is very similar to a piece of food.”
Freight Farms, a Boston-based startup, develops shipping containers converted into autonomous farms. Freight Farms allows customers to grow fresh products with LED and hydroponics in any type of environment. The high-tech ConnectTM application allows remote monitoring by controlling certain aspects of the farm, such as humidity and temperature.
The Spanish Souji has been able to manufacture a chemical component that when mixed with vegetable fat, creates a multipurpose soap that can be used for household cleaning, laundry detergent, as well as for the dishwasher and floor. In this way, they contribute to the creation of a new products from the disposal of another.
We are finishing the list strong with Notpla! Notpla, based in the United Kingdom and co-founded by Spaniard Rodrigo García Gonzalez and Frenchman Pierre Paslier, is a sustainable packaging startup which is gaining traction in the food industry thanks to its cutting-edge solution called Ooho. Ooho is a flexible container for drinks and sauces. It is made of Notpla, a material that is a combination of both seaweed and plants.
Brown algae do not compete with food crops, do not require fresh water or fertilizers and actively contribute to the deacidification of our oceans. Ooho biodegrades in 4-6 weeks, or you can simply eat it, making it a tasty on-the-go snack.