By Peter & Venky
March 11, 2019

recycling the unrecyclable | blog post

In the words of Unilever’s former CEO Paul Polman:

“We know that some of the best ideas and boldest initiatives are coming from entrepreneurs and start-ups... These purpose-driven disruptors are creating new business models that will positively transform our economy. In order to accelerate efforts further we need even more partnerships in place to support and scale these exciting innovations” 
We couldn’t agree more, because scaling promising innovations is exactly what Ubuntoo does. In this edition of the Ubuntoo digest we focus on a thorny issue faced by companies and communities worldwide. How to economically recycle multilayer laminates, foodservice containers and other items that normally go the landfill.
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In community,

Peter & Venky


The Sustainable Packaging Coalition has announced the winners of their challenge to find solutions for multi-material flexible packaging recovery – a search Ubuntoo was able to support. The finalists are: EcoGlobalCadel De-inking, Renew ELP, Synova and Renewlogy



Notable new solutions added last week are:

  •  Ashortwalk makes eco design products from waste materials, designed to last and 100% recyclable
  • Simply Cups upcycles used coffee cups into rCup, a reusable and recyclable coffee cup
  •  Revolv. is building a network of reusable containers for the to-go economy, starting in Hong-Kong, Singapore and Bali
  • Biome Bioplastics and Futamura are working together to develop compostable multilayer packaging
  • BBC Cellpack is developing recyclable stand-up pouches with its Ultrasonic Technology


We launched Ubuntoo Forums last week, so you now have the opportunity to tap into or contribute to the crowd expertise of our community. This can be either through a specific question, or a more general discussion. For example:

Nobody has all the answers, so please not hesitate to post a question or engage in a discussion.


We also want to draw your attention to 2 challenges:


Here is a selection of news articles that caught our attention last week:

In case you missed it, have a look at this 30min documentary from Journeyman pictures on how China is grappling with its waste crisis. 

"In Africa we have a concept known as  ubuntu  based upon the recognition that we are only people because of other people" – Nelson Mandela 

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