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This company is replacing soaps with pineapple skins
Good for our skin and the planet
Today’s eco snapshot👇🏽
Trash to treasure: Natural cleaning products
Startup of the week: Rent-a-Romper
5 brands that sustainably stand out
Some good news from around the world
3 ways I can help you on your sustainability journey
🍍Turning waste into natural cleaning products
Fuwa Biotech, a Vietnamese company, makes natural cleaning products using fermented pineapple skins. These products are an alternative to synthetic cleaning products, such as hand soap and laundry detergent.
Synthetic cleaning products have chemicals and ingredients that many water treatment facilities aren’t equipped to handle, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which make algae grow faster than is healthy for ecosystems.
Cleaning products can also have adverse effects on air quality.
The company purchases fruit waste from nearby corporations that produce canned pineapple.
Workers slice up the pineapples, clean them with water, mix in some sugar and water, and stir, allowing the fermentation process to begin.
After three months, the formula is filtered into a potent liquid form, and the solid waste serves as fertilizer for local farms.
The company adds oils like coconut and corn oil, purchased from local farmers that make it from agricultural waste, to make detergents.
Fuwa’s dish soap only costs about $2 and lasts about two years, which has roughly the same shelf life as competitors. Research suggests that the enzymes from fermented fruit can fight germs and clean up waterways.
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✨ Startup of the week
Clothing Woes…Children go through a large amount of clothing. Before they even turn one, they may go through seven or more sizes. When you add in seasonal changes and special events, it's easy to imagine the number of clothes they accumulate. Unfortunately, as they grow out of these clothes, many end up in landfills where they will take centuries to decompose.
Kiddie Couture…Rent-a-Romper is fighting this problem through a rental clothing subscription for babies & toddlers. It runs a library of clothes.
The brand sends out capsules of 7 or 15 clothes.
Parents can choose the size, style preferences, gender, and delivery schedule.
Once the child has outgrown the clothes or if they prefer a different style, they can swap the capsule for a new one.
SwapSmart Style…There is no limit on the number of clothing swaps. This helps parents save time and money while also providing them with curated clothes from over 200 brands. The circular business model ensures that the clothes are kept out of landfills.
✅ Brands that sustainably stand out
🇦🇺 Who gives a crap- Toilet rolls that are preventing deforestation and helping build toilets for everyone.
🇩🇪 Coldharbour Tiles- Converting unwanted fishing nets into tiles.
🇺🇸 Izzy- A line of zero-waste beauty products.
🇫🇷 Matter- Preventing microplastic pollution caused by our clothes.
🇮🇳 Cap2O- A self-sterilizing smart water bottle that eliminates the need to buy plastic bottles.
Get access to 100+ sustainable brands like these for only $5/month. Not sure if you should commit? Well, it comes with a free 7-day trial
😹 Some Good News
Shine brighter: Solar up 20x, fossil fuel use down in California.
Paperless Progress: France to end non-essential printing of paper receipts.
Plastic Fantastic: Indonesian firm turns plastic into bricks.
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