This technology could revolutionize the way we consume and feed ourselves. Currently though, the only proved advantage is related to animal welfare. Although there are some studies showing a lower associated GHG footprint than with traditional meat, more research needs to be done. Finally, product cost remains astronomical and scaling strategy unknown.
Comment on post ‘Not a Plastic Bag’: This is a very promising technology. I would say that part of the current problem associated with alternative plastic bags is the lack of clarity to the consumer. Are they actually more sustainable? If so, which ones are best amongst the many options? This is a case where consumers need to be better informed in order to actually put pressure on retailers to adopt such technologies and create systemic change.
Methane is a greenhouse gas contributing to climate change by trapping heat in the atmosphere.
Methane is emitted by natural sources, but also by human activities such as leakage from natural gas systems, landfill and dairy farms.
CH4 is more efficient at trapping radiation than CO2: the comparative impact of CH4 is more than 25 times greater than CO2.
Mango material is a startup using Methane to create fabric for apparel. The technology involves using waste methane to feed bacteria that then produce PHAs, a fully biodegradable bio-polyester fiber that can be turned into thread.
Mango Material is currently working on a pilot project, with a wastewater facility in California.
Expand network of waste facilities to recycle waste methane
Develop technology to expand Methane sourcing to dairy farms and natural gas leakage
Implement an awareness campaign on the technology and quality of product
Business development campaign to partner with apparel companies
Leather is a $100 billion global business. It is an industry tied to a complex and unreliable supply chain, challenged by price volatility and sourcing inconsistency due to the non-homogenous quality of the material. Research has shown that 20 to 30% of the raw material goes to waste.
The industry is dependent on animal skin, and is petrochemical and GHG intensive.
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Modern Meadow is a biotechnology startup fabricating leather without animal skin. The company produces a fibrous protein called collagen by fermenting a specific strain of yeast. The collagen is then assembled and tanned to create a material that is almost identical to traditional leather.
any company sourcing leather to manufacture its goods
fashion and luxury industry with high margins and a pressing need to innovate
traditional leather suppliers
Raise product and technology awareness
Strategic B2B business development campaigns
Product development partnerships with clients
Further technology/advance to reduce the price of currently costly product and unlock mainstream markets beyond the luxury industry
Every year, hundreds of thousands of deaths are attributed to food contamination. Because a supply chain is extremely complex, it is lengthy and costly to identify the source of contamination, which leads to illness, food waste and costly financial losses.
Food traceability is, therefore, a crucial challenge to be tackled in working towards sustainable development and specifically SGD goal #2 – end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
IBM has partnered with global companies Nestle, Unilever and Tyson Foods to integrate its block chain technology platform into their supply chains.
Blockchain technology allows transactions to be permanently recorded and easily traced within a business network. Groups of transactions are blocked together and, what IBM calls a ‘fingerprint’ of that block is then added to the next block. In addition, since no transaction can be altered without being recorded by the entire network, the data is secure and accurate.
In the context of food supply chain, Blockchain would allow to quickly and accurately follow the origin of goods. When cases of contamination arise, it would also allow to identify with certainty the origin of contaminated foods and track them while reducing other food wastes.
IBM must develop partnerships with companies interested in adopting the technology for their supply chain
Identify stakeholders in supply chain
Provide secure access to the platform to all stakeholders