10th Edition of the Green Alley Award: UK Startup PulpaTronics wins 2024 competition

April 29th, 2024

PulpaTronics came out on top among the finalists for this year’s Green Alley Award. On April 25th in Berlin, the London start-up convinced the jury with their exciting live pitch and their innovative technology for the production of chipless, metal-free RFID labels.

The London-based startup PulpaTronics has won this year’s Green Alley Award, Europe’s first award for circular economy startups. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the prize. The young company has developed chip-free, metal-free RFID tags made from paper. These novel tags do not require metal extraction and are more cost-effective and compatible with existing recycling processes. As part of the award ceremony, all six finalist startups presented their business concepts to the audience and jury in live pitches. PulpaTronics came out on top with their future-proof and affordable inventory solution.

Chloe So, founder and CEO of PulpaTronics, is delighted to receive the award: "With our innovative laser technology, a conductive circuit is applied directly to the paper, which simplifies the manufacturing process and eliminates the need for metal and silicon components. This significantly reduces the ecological footprint of RFID tag production. We will use the prize money to further develop our product, strengthen our market position and actively participate in a future-oriented circular economy."

Jan Patrick Schulz, CEO of Landbell Group and initiator of the awards, commented: "PulpaTronics is a true pioneer in their field. What particularly impressed us about their technology was that companies are offered a more efficient and future-proof solution, reducing environmental impact and facilitating the tracking of paper-based disposables. Ten years ago, we brought the Green Alley Award to life to promote companies that are tackling the challenges of the circular economy. We are very proud to be able to support innovative startups like PulpaTronics, which can make a significant contribution to the sustainable transformation of our economy and at the same time help protect our climate.”

For a decade, the Green Alley Award has stood at the forefront of supporting the circular economy, establishing itself as a leading platform for startups that are committed to a circular future. The prize has been awarded since 2014 by Landbell Group, an international provider of comprehensive takeback, consulting, and software solutions for environmental and chemical compliance. Since its inception, it has awarded over 1 million euros in funding.

This edition of the award had over 339 startup applications from across Europe, 50% more applicants than the previous edition. Notably, the majority of startup applications came from Germany (19%), followed by the UK (16%), Italy (11%) and Spain (9%). Multiple types of solutions were on display, ranging from waste prevention (36%) to digital solutions and recycling (both with 32%). These projects represent strong solutions, innovative business ideas, and dedicated teams for the circular economy.

The Green Alley Award has always been more than a recognition of innovation. It is a gathering of minds, a convergence of individuals driven by a common purpose—to reshape the world we live in through sustainable practices.

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