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We are proud to announce the Green Alley Award 2019 finalists – the first prize for European startups promoting the circular economy.

Consortium ERP Italia, among the main non-profit Collective Systems in Italy, is Italian partner of the Green Alley Award and supports all activities aimed at developing the circular economy by encouraging young businesses.

The winner will be determined at the finals in October as part of a live pitch and he will received €25,000 in prize money.

The finalists:

Cellugy (Denmark) – The startup has come up with EcoFLEXY, a 100% bio-based alternative to conventional plastic packaging. Made from agricultural waste, the cellulose foil can break down into fertile compost and is resistant to water and temperature changes. The translucent and flexible bio-sheets are eco-friendly and suitable for the food industry. www.cellugy.com

Flustix (Germany) – Flustix has invented a consumer trustmark to increase transparency and raise awareness amongst consumers. Differently coloured trustmarks indicate whether products and/or packaging are free of plastics and microplastics or are made of recyclates. Producers that want their products to be certified have to pass a thorough examination by an independent certification body. www.flustix.com

Gelatex Technologies (Estonia) – Gelatex created an eco-friendly alternative to conventional leather. Even though chemically identical, it is produced without the use of toxins and comes at half the price. Using gelatine, a waste by-product from meat processing, Gelatex is organic and biodegradable. Thickness and texture can be customized so that it can be used in the fashion and automotive industry. www.gela-tex.com

LivingPackets (France) – The startup has developed a sustainable packaging solution for online deliveries. “The Box” is an alternative to cardboard boxes and can be reused approximately 1,000 times. Thanks to a built-in camera and scale, The Box can charge delivery fees automatically and it comes with an app which makes tracking possible and offers the opportunity to schedule a pick-up time. www.livingpackets.com

RMF Tech (Germany) – RMF Tech has developed a recycling technology to extract the critical material indium from residues. Indium is needed in the technology and energy industries for the production of displays and photovoltaic cells. With RMF Tech’s patented technology, indium can be extracted from primary sources (slag and ore) and secondary sources (electronical waste) to meet rising global demand. www.rmf-tech.com

VEnvirotech (Spain) – Biotechnology startup VEnvirotech creates polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastics using bacteria. The bacteria are fed with organic waste from agricultural food companies, making their bioplastic 100% bio-based. The whole process takes place in a container that can be set up at clients’ facilities. The bioplastic can then be used for packaging, adhesives or 3D printing. www.venvirotech.com

 

The Green Alley Award was created in 2014 by Landbell Group with the purpose of enhancing and boosting the transition to a circular economy. In the 2019 edition, 274 entries were collected from different European countries.

Each of the startup developed a business solution in the field of waste prevention, packaging and digital technologies, using their energy to turn the linear into a circular economy.

The Green Alley Award 2019’s winner will be determined during the closing ceremony to be held in Berlin next October 2019.