Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 29

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas... 


Deliciously Sustainable

For those of us who hate washing the dishes after each meal, there is a new solution. Behold Loliware, a vitamin-infused biodegradable (and biodegredible!) cup made of agar agar – a seaweed based gelatin. Currently available in the form of cups, the company is looking to expand to other tableware and do their bit to reduce the landfill associated with plastic cups and plates.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/BUBw0B

How can we rethink our use of sustainable materials to reduce the environmental impact stemming from single use waste culture?

From Waste to Ice Cream

Salt & Straw is a special kind of ice-creamery. Each month their offerings rotate as dictated by the month’s theme and this coming June, ice-cream flavours will be created from rescued food – that is, food that would have otherwise been thrown out. By partnering with a local rum distillery and picking up ingredients like unused spices and orange peels, the company is out to prove that we can indeed discover treasure from waste.

Read more here: https://goo.gl/EXgj6x

How can we reframe our perception of food waste and create new, high quality product offerings that inspire consumers?

Sound The Alarm

It’s estimated that Australians throw out 4 million tonnes of perfectly edible food every year. Globally, that figure is closer to 1.3 billion tonnes. A frightening statistic, particularly when the UN estimated that approximately 795 million people (1 in 9 of the worldwide population) suffered from chronic undernourishment in 2016. A new start-up, Spoiler Alert, offers an online marketplace that allows businesses to manage their food surplus for donations or discounted food sales. Surplus food is posted for sale or donation via the platform, and interested parties can connect directly to coordinate delivery logistics.

Read more about it here: https://goo.gl/3E5LwC

How can we ensure companies understand their role and responsibility when it comes to championing a more sustainable future?