Rising star https://business-spirit.news/ en Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range https://business-spirit.news/news/sustainability-showroom-opened-in-helsinki-to-promote-zero-waste-and-circular-design-product <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/sustainability-showroom-opened-in-helsinki-to-promote-zero-waste-and-circular-design-product" data-a2a-title="Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range" title="Sustainability Showroom opened in Helsinki to promote zero waste and circular design product range" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/614.png?itok=yX2-EfTW" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">This new establishment aims to inspire and educate towards zero waste and showcase Finnish circular design brand product range.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2010 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2011 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><a href="https://niimaar.com/" target="_blank">Niimaar</a>, a Finnish brand committed to changing the throwaway culture with beautiful forever lasting designs, has opened its sustainability showroom in Helsinki, Finland.</p> <p>The sustainability showroom workshop and meeting space were unveiled on the 15th of April in central Helsinki.</p> <p>The mission of this new establishment is to inspire and educate towards zero waste and showcase Niimaar’s Forever Product range.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2014 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2012 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Speaking on the launch of the showroom and webshop, Founder and CEO, Enni Karikoski said:</p> <p>“Niimaar is dedicated to addressing climate change and waste, bringing our recycling designs to more homes and businesses, as well as consulting and talks.</p> <p>Provided via our new global website and shop, workshops and Sustainability Showroom.</p> <p>This is a major step forward in delivering on our mission to change throwaway culture, one step at a time.’’</p> <p>Niimaar is a nimble family company founded by mothers and daughters, with an upbeat can-do attitude and commitment to make the world work better.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2013 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/615.png" width="576" height="723" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Enni Karikoski, Founder and CEO, Niimaar</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2015 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Founders are spurred on by the fact that every year 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the ocean: to this date, their volunteers have cleaned 5 tonnes of waste from beaches across Europe.</p> <p>They donate 5% of their profits to social and green community projects.</p> <p>She added, “Our Sustainability Showroom and products all help rid our world of single-use plastic bags and unsightly bins.</p> <blockquote> <p>The new workshops and talks will be open to all, so everyone is welcome who is interested or involved in the topics of sustainability and accessible quality designs, built to serve and last generations.”</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2016 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Digging deeper behind Finnish well-being is a will to make things work for everyone. In a country with more forests and lakes than people, pulling together is a must.</p> <p>Yet connectedness with nature probably has a lot to do with contentment too. Niimaar’s values and philosophy stem from all of this as their Forever Products reflect it.</p> <p>They are striving to change the current throwaway culture and believe in the power of thoughtful and circular design to inspire responsible behaviour.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2019 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2017 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/616.png" width="736" height="622" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Award-winning Ecogrande Recycling Station; Image: Niimaar</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2018 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>They have also launched their Ecogrande Recycling Station and won two awards from the German Design Council in two categories of Excellent Public Design and Excellent Eco Design.</p> <p>Ecogrande is intended to bring the trademark versatility and flexibility to any cafe, hotel or office space.</p> <p>All designs and materials being 100% Finnish and by multi-award-winning Harri Koskinen.</p> <p>Ecogrande is recognised for addressing modern-day challenges of creating timeless yet contemporary designs which fit the modern home and business need to recycle in a fashionable and functional manner.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--2020 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>With the rising demand in Scandinavian and Nordic countries, the brand has simultaneously unveiled its new webshop – in English, Finnish and Japanese.</p> <p>Niimaar is an official partner of a wooden Metsä Pavilion, the national partner house of Finnish Olympic Teams ‘Home of Finland’ at the Finnish Tokyo embassy during Tokyo Olympics 2021 and all year.</p> <p class="text-align-right"><span style="font-size:10px">Headline image: <a href="https://niimaar.com/" target="_blank">Niimaar</a></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2021. April</div> Tue, 27 Apr 2021 09:22:12 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 145 at https://business-spirit.news Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovator-to-deliver-a-positive-impact-in-africa-despite-pandemic <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/social-innovator-to-deliver-a-positive-impact-in-africa-despite-pandemic" data-a2a-title="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-innovation" hreflang="en">Social Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/responsible-innovation" hreflang="en">Responsible Innovation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/social-enterprise" hreflang="en">social enterprise</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/entrepreneurship" hreflang="en">entrepreneurship</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/positive-impact" hreflang="en">Positive Impact</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/profit-with-purpose" hreflang="en">Profit with Purpose</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic" title="Social innovator to deliver a positive impact in Africa despite pandemic" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/473.jpeg?itok=J6CDRCcw" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Italian social entrepreneur on a mission to save infants lives&#039; in Sub-Saharan Africa</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1373 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1376 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1374 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Lucia Dal Negro, the founder of the Italian benefit corporation <a href="https://www.delab.it/en/" target="_blank">De-LAB</a>, is on a mission to reduce the rate of infant mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa using an incredibly simple yet innovative solution - the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO protective cradle</a>. Lucia is a researcher focusing on Frugal Innovation in her studies and a social entrepreneur who is passionate about creating meaningful change in collaboration with locals in African regions.</p> <p>According to plans, the protective cradle will be distributed in rural villages in Uganda first, as a solution for working parents to ensure that they can carry their babies to work and keep them safe - for example on the fields, or markets.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1375 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/475.jpeg" width="482" height="481" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Lucia Dal Negro, researcher and social entrepreneur</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1381 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It also protects babies against infections from mosquitos and suffocation whilst sleeping at night.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1380 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1379 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This product is not only bringing positive changes to people but made sustainably too using 70% locally sourced natural fibres and produced by local people.</p> <p>Lucia and her team had to adjust to the new situation and challenges both in manufacturing and sales, presented by the COVID pandemic.</p> <p>They are currently focusing on raising funds for a simplified version of the KOKONO cradle made of recycled plastic to make it more accessible for the vulnerable people who need it most.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1378 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/476.png" width="1280" height="798" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">KOKONO protective cradle</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1383 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">The transition from academia to business to create the KOKONO Cradle</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1384 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>" I started this project in the first place because I was extremely tired of listening to academics describing wonderful possibilities to do business by doing good in low-income communities without having ever tested any of their assumptions and hypotheses. So I decided to walk the talk of the ‘social business hype’ and do something practical, in order to learn from the field what was the real challenge of using business as a force for good.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1387 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1385 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/477.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Co-creating the KOKONO cradle with locals in Uganda</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1386 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>KOKONO’s mission is to protect babies below one year of age from the leading health and security threats to which they are exposed due to poor living conditions in South-Saharan Africa, more precisely in Uganda.</p> <p>We decided to investigate this area of needs after spending many years studying and operating in the Global South, with De-LAB, realizing that childcare is mainly managed at a hospital level, wherever possible, but more rarely at a household level.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1388 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Based on our learnings, we started to design an object that could protect babies’ health from accidental hits and animal attacks, insects - including those transmitting malaria - rodents, reptiles.</p> <blockquote> <p>We invented and patented a unique cradle, named KOKONO, which means empty pumpkin in Ugandan dialect.</p> </blockquote> <p>It provides a safe space for taking care of infants during the day and night-time. We are offering a solution to parents, mainly women who are working far from home. One of the possible scenarios is when a mother is working on plantations or cultivating the cassava plant that after a couple of hours carrying her baby, she puts him/her down to the ground. That's where the babies are more exposed to sanitary and safety risks.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Designing for impact and usability</p> <p>We needed to consider various factors in the design process. Like the shell had to be rigid enough so a snake cannot crack it, covered with a mosquito net with a self-sustaining handle which is made of rope and can be replaced very easily if needed.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1390"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1389 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We wanted mothers to be able to bring their baby with them wherever they are going and if necessary, leave the baby on the ground with a piece of mind that its safe.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1391 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Typically only one mosquito net is available for each family, so parents and all of their children usually sleep in one big bed protected by the single net in their household. Due to this situation, there are many cases of accidental baby suffocations at night-time.</p> <p>Parents with a KOKONO can put the baby sleeping next to them in the cradle up until the child is one year old, giving better chances to survival in the most critical first 12 months. After that, the mothers can sell it, rent it, or pass it on to a friend.</p> <p>One of the most rewarding highlights of the journey so far happened when we were co-creating the object with local communities in Hoima villages. A pregnant woman came to me saying that she was so happy to know that a new solution was about to be available in her village, but I had to be very fast as her baby was about to be born.</p> <blockquote> <p>I think this was one of the best endorsements I could have ever received that we are creating something meaningful!</p> </blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1392 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Adapting the business model to address Coronavirus pandemic related challenges</p> <p>When the Covid crisis started, our venture was impacted greatly. 67% of Ugandan people lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 crisis. The international airport has been closed, and foreign investments are radically decreased.</p> <p>The country is almost completely isolated with people being out of work which means that they are only getting poorer and poorer over time.</p> <p> To get the first handcrafted version of KOKONO out is still our top priority and we will definitely want to keep it, but the production became too expensive in a post-Covid market.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1395 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1393 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/479.jpeg" width="640" height="427" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Collaborating with local authorities to bring KOKONO to the market</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1394 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We are determined not to give up on our original mission in helping locals keep their family safe, so we came up with a more cost-effective design which would still function well.</p> <p>One thing I wanted to avoid is to let down these extremely poor people who were hit by this pandemic badly.</p> <p>The new version of the cradle is made of recycled plastic with a simple design that is quick and easy to produce.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1396 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote> <p>Although we need a plastic moulder to assemble it which requires investments, therefore we are setting up an online crowdfunding campaign to raise funds to start production.</p> </blockquote> <p>Also, we have a zero-waste distribution model that means if the cradle becomes broken, it can be collected by our team and use it again.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1397 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Join our mission by becoming a supporter of KOKONO</p> <p>I see KOKONO as a project, not just a product.</p> <p>I believe that it has the power not just to help solve a specific social problem but to create a bridge between different cultures.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1400 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--33-66"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1398 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/480.jpg" width="591" height="443" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image credit: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1399 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Taking care of babies is a universal experience for people regardless of where or how they live.</p> <p>As part of our crowdfunding campaign, we want to encourage people to connect through sharing their traditional lullabies which we hope will serve as a reminder that children are our common future.</p> <p>Contributors can choose a short refrain from a lullaby which we will engrave onto the side of the cradle. We aim to create a sort of cross cultural global embrace.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1401 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The crowdfunding campaign starts in November 2020, and people can donate any amounts to support the <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO project</a>.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1403"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1402 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In the meantime, we are more than grateful to receive any support that could help to make <a href="https://www.kokono.life/en/" target="_blank">KOKONO</a> a reality for parents in Sub-Sharan Africa to protect their babies.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Leaders of Change - Profile <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:54:34 +0000 Tia Clarke 109 at https://business-spirit.news Improved sustainability impact measurement tool is available for fashion industry players https://business-spirit.news/news/improved-sustainability-impact-measurement-tool-is-available-for-fashion-industry-players <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>Improved sustainability impact measurement tool is available for fashion industry players</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/improved-sustainability-impact-measurement-tool-is-available-for-fashion-industry-players" data-a2a-title="Improved sustainability impact measurement tool is available for fashion industry players"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img 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field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/sustainable-fashion" hreflang="en">Sustainable Fashion</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="Improved sustainability impact measurement tool is available for fashion industry players" title="Improved sustainability impact measurement tool is available for fashion industry players" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/464.jpg?itok=rMJ-2Kjh" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">The user-friendly material assessment tool to make the fashion industry more sustainable</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1326 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1327 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Material assessment is key in combating the harmful effects of the fashion industry on the environment and transitioning into a more sustainable operational model.</p> <p>The <a href="https://apparelcoalition.org/" target="_blank">Sustainable Apparel Coalition</a> (SAC) and <a href="https://higg.com" target="_blank">Higg Co</a> released a new version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) in August 2020. The Higg MSI is a leading online tool to assess the environmental impact of materials in the apparel, footwear and textile industry and was first released in 2011 by the SAC and regularly upgraded ever since.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1330 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1328"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/h2A30Wx7D4g?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1329 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This unique tool can calculate the environmental impact of millions of possible material manufacturing variations and available on the <a href="https://higg.com" target="_blank">Higg Index platform</a>.</p> <p>Information provided by the platform allows brands, retailers, manufacturers to compare material life-cycle assessment (LCA) data in a user-friendly way and to create a more sustainable design based on better material choices.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-1332"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1331 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“There is a growing conversation about ‘sustainable materials,’ but it’s difficult to know what it actually means for people and the planet and whether it’s really trustworthy information,” said Julie Brown, SAC Director, Higg Index – Higg Product Tools. “Our goal is to pull together the most robust and tested data sources available and translate complex metrics into digestible and actionable guidance to have a positive impact at scale.”</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1333 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>This newest version of the Higg Materials Sustainability Index offers an enhanced user experience, updated database and scoring. The release of this tool is a true milestone for the industry because it provides more accurate and detailed information which enables users to dive further into material assessment.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1336 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1334 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/465.jpg" width="800" height="534" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Better material choices allow the fashion industry to become more sustainable (image: Pexels)</div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1335 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The Higg MSI measures five specific environmental impact areas: chemistry, global warming potential, nutrient pollution in water, water scarcity and fossil fuel depletion.</p> <p>The tool will be able to inform users by capturing how the five environmental impacts will change based on different raw materials or production process options, for example, opting for continuous dyeing over batch dyeing.</p> <p>In addition, it features more than 80 example materials that are commonly used in the industry such as leather, cotton, polyester, nylon, silk, jute and metals.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1337 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Companies are now able to assess the impact of different materials as they select which ones they wish to use for a product.</p> <p>Besides, users can also customise how their companies uniquely produce materials using the insights from the MSI, which help them to create more sustainable options.</p> <blockquote> <p>Some of the main updates to the 2020 Higg MSI are: new interface offering an enhanced user experience, migration from a standalone website to the Higg platform, other Higg tools, packaging library, comparisons and customisation.</p> </blockquote> <p>There is also an updated chemistry scoring methodology and new chemistry data analysis. The ability to align chemistry certifications at the process level, new background LCA database (GaBi) and new water scarcity assessment methodology (AWARE) also new features. That includes biogenic carbon and water consumption in the metadata.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1340 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--66-33"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1338 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Besides, users can also customise how their companies uniquely produce materials using the insights from the MSI, which help them to create more sustainable options. Finally, there are new process level loss rates which help the consideration for process efficiencies.</p> <p>The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), which is a global industry alliance working on standardising social and environmental sustainability performance measurement, is frequently enhancing and expanding the Higg Materials Sustainability Index.</p> <p>Through multi-stakeholder engagement, the SAC seeks to lead the industry toward a shared vision of sustainability built upon a common approach for measuring and evaluating apparel, footwear and textile sustainability performance.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1339 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/466.jpeg" width="799" height="1043" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Image credit: Pexels</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--1341 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Sustainable Fashion <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. August</div> Tue, 18 Aug 2020 14:54:16 +0000 Bronagh Loughlin 106 at https://business-spirit.news UNDP launches new Ocean Innovation Challenge https://business-spirit.news/news/undp-launches-new-ocean-innovation-challenge <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>UNDP launches new Ocean Innovation Challenge</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/undp-launches-new-ocean-innovation-challenge" data-a2a-title="UNDP launches new Ocean Innovation Challenge"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/sdgs" hreflang="en">SDGs</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/ocean" hreflang="en">Ocean</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/responsible-innovation" hreflang="en">Responsible Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/funding" hreflang="en">Funding</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/open-call" hreflang="en">Open Call</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/blue-economy" hreflang="en">Blue Economy</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="UNDP launches new Ocean Innovation Challenge" title="UNDP launches new Ocean Innovation Challenge" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/299.jpeg?itok=JAzQ4irE" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Financing Innovation for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 - Life under water</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--877 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--878 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The ocean ecosystem has never faced such a diverse range of threats caused by overfishing, pollution, habitat loss and the multiple impacts of climate change.</p> <p>Recognising the increasing urgency of tackling ocean pollution, particularly from plastics and nutrients, the first of several planned <a href="http://www.oceaninnovationchallenge.org/" title="Ocean Innovation Challenge">Ocean Innovation Challenge</a> focuses on SDG 14.1- Reduce Marine Pollution. This open call seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable and scalable offering grants ranging from $50,000 to $250,000.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-882"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--881 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--879 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>“To achieve SDG14, we must break new ground with innovative technologies, policies, regulations and financial instruments. In this regard, the new UNDP Ocean Innovation Challenge is a most welcome addition to the growing number of ocean incubators and accelerators.” says Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy on Oceans.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--880 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/300.png" width="322" height="156" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--883 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>That is clear by now that the `business as usual` scenario will not deliver the transformational change needed to move towards sustainable ocean use.</p> <p>The Ocean Innovation Challenge is issuing a series of 'Ocean Challenges' or Requests for Proposals, each focused on a specific SDG14 target.</p> <p>This unique new support has been designed to accelerate progress on SDG14 by the identifying, financing, advising and mentoring of genuinely innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches to the ocean and coastal restoration and protection that sustains livelihoods and advances the ’blue economy’.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--884 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <blockquote>“At a time when the world’s oceans and seas face unprecedented pressures, UNDP’s new Ocean Innovation Challenge will shine a light on innovative, entrepreneurial and creative approaches that can advance ocean and coastal restoration and protection,” says Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.</blockquote> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--885 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The first 'Ocean Challenge', launched on 8 January 2020, seeks innovative solutions to counter the scourge of ocean pollution.</p> <p>Initial concepts may be submitted by public or private entities, including governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, and intergovernmental organizations.</p> <p>Interested applicants should submit their preliminary proposal <a href="http://www.oceaninnovationchallenge.org/" target="_blank" title="Ocean Innovation Challenge">here</a> no later than 5 March 2020.</p> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2020. January</div> Mon, 20 Jan 2020 16:43:21 +0000 Szilvia Szabó 58 at https://business-spirit.news From school project to multi-award winning business https://business-spirit.news/news/from-school-project-to-multi-award-winning-business <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>From school project to multi-award winning business</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/from-school-project-to-multi-award-winning-business" data-a2a-title="From school project to multi-award winning business"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/responsible-innovation" hreflang="en">Responsible Innovation</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-topic field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Topic</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/topic/awards" hreflang="en">Awards</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Collaboration" title="Collaboration" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/53.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="From school project to multi-award winning business" title="From school project to multi-award winning business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/245.png?itok=fs75pLsU" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Irish company is paving the way for startups to drive positive change.</div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--820 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--739 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Is it too ambitious for a startup to drive positive change and make a profit at the same time? Lizzy Hayashida and Willie Conaghan are on a mission to build a community of everyday philanthropists, donating one cent at a time to not-for-profits across the globe. The platform is easy to use: each time you pay by card, it will round up your purchase to the nearest euro and donate your spare change to the charities of your choice.</p> <p>In reality, they are changing so much more than the way we donate.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">More than a school project</p> <p class="font-greentitle"> </p> <p><strong>Lizzy</strong>: <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#952eec"><a href="https://www.changedonations.com/" title="Change Donations"><span style="color:#952eec">Change Donations</span></a></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black"> started as a school project, and we were lucky to have lots of help which allowed us to get as far as we are today. When we first set out, we had big ambitions, and we knew we really wanted to make an impact.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">It still feels a bit surreal and hard to believe that this time in 2018, we were finishing up our MBA course at Trinity College in Dublin and starting the</span></span><span class="MsoHyperlink" style="color:blue"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:#952eec"><a href="https://www.tcd.ie/tangent/accelerators/launchbox/" title="LaunchBox"><span style="color:#952eec"> LaunchBox accelerator </span></a></span></span></span><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">program.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">We spent the whole summer working on the platform. We talked to as many people as we could, refined our presentation and developed our MVP, all while finishing the MBA. It was a lot of hard work and such a team effort which allowed us to go on to win the LaunchBox program. I wish someone had taken a picture of the shock on all of our faces!</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-741"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--740 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It was a great moment, and I think that gave us the confidence to really push forward with the platform. We realized that we actually have the chance to create something that both donors and charities needed. That was such a liberating feeling.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--742 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><strong>Willie:</strong> .Just before Christmas 2017, we decided that this idea had legs and we wanted to run with it. There wasn't really any doubt about committing to the idea. It was mainly a discussion about the best steps to make it happen.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Business model built on everyday philanthropy</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Willie: </strong>I have always been incredibly passionate about giving back and wanted to find a career path that I believed in. I had gone through 8 years of Jesuit education, so the prayer for generosity has been drilled into my head for a while now.</p> <p>We all know that profit is necessary, and you have to have a sustainable business model to continue to operate. Still I think the public sector is finally pushing back and forcing companies to think beyond their bottom line.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-745"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--744 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--25-75"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__1col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--743 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We’re committed to building a community of everyday philanthropists, empowering people to make a positive impact on their community through their daily spending.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--746 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><strong>Lizzy: </strong>We’re lucky to live in a time where there’s a growing trend toward making a profit with purpose.</p> <p>For us, it was more a case of figuring out how we could create a sustainable business from our purpose vs how to make more than just a profit.</p> <p>We’ve had so many learnings so far. One of the biggest for me has been the importance of clear communication; not just with each other, but in general: letting friends, family, charities and donors know what we’re working on and what we’re struggling with.</p> <p>It was talking to the charities that convinced us that there was a real need.</p> <p>The more open we are, the more manageable things become, and it’s been a pleasant surprise to see how ready and willing people are to help.</p> <p><strong>Willie:</strong> We are Americans, and I believe that we are conditioned to think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Therefore we have a tough time admitting when we need a hand.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--a" id="callout-750"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--749 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--747 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The biggest learning from the past two years is: ask for help.</p> <p>The startup life is lonely enough as it is, so seeks out all of the help you can get. There are so many organizations, government bodies, and public support systems that offer support.</p> <p>Winning the <a href="https://responsibleinnovation-summit.com/business-spirit-award-2019" title="Business SPIRIT Award">Business SPIRIT Award</a> in 2018 was one of the first steps to start showing what we've been working on.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--video paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--748"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video form-group"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/2cj9k--QhNE?autoplay=0&amp;start=1&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--751 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>My favourite memory is probably winning the Ones2Watch pitching competition at the <a href="https://www.futurescope.ie/" title="Futurescope conference">Futurescope conference</a> in 2019, Dublin. There were so many great teams with incredible businesses, and we were just happy to be talked about in the same breath as them. Our traction and public profile started to pick up after that, and it gave us some positive momentum.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Everyday challenges</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Willie:</strong> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">Everything is moving incredibly fast, we are working around the clock and there aren’t enough hours in the day. However, we love the energy and excitement that the public has shown us, and we are so thankful for the support we have been given from various organizations.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">I tend to stay pretty even keel on an emotional level, so I take the victory and defeat with virtually the same attitude. One of my favourite sayings is “this too shall pass” which tends to be a quote used by many to get through tough times.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">For me, it’s a good reminder that the nature of a startup is extremely volatile, and I need to regulate my state of mind to make sure that I don't lose focus.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><strong>Lizzy:</strong> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">About this time last year, we built a 5-year roadmap which helped us understand where we were and where we wanted to be. From there, we were able to work backwards, marking out milestones to help us get there. </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">Of course, many things have changed since we laid out our first version of that roadmap.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">As a team of two, it’s easy enough just to talk through anything we need help on, but there also aren’t enough hours in the day to get everything done, so we have to divide and conquer the tasks.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">Sometimes it can be frustrating when things take longer than expected, but that’s part of being a startup. Overall, having a plan has helped us set goals and prioritize (and reprioritize) with those goals in mind.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-753"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--752 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It’s natural to have disagreements, but that really comes down to communication and respect. As long as you have those two things, you can talk through anything until you come to an agreement or compromise.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--754 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Overcoming barriers</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Lizzy:</strong> We’ve put everything into building Change Donations, and we think it has the potential to make a massive impact on amazing causes all around the world.</p> <p>We’ve definitely jumped in 100% still running a startup can be quite scary at times. I’m lucky to have a great support system both locally and abroad. I’ve learned to lean on them when I need to talk through a problem, frustration, or celebrate a big or small win.</p> <p>My biggest fear is that we’ll fall short of our goal to make the impact for our charities and donors.</p> <blockquote> <p>Talking to both charities and donors as often as possible helps us continuously improve and build with our partners in mind. It’s also been a great motivator to hear feedback on the impact we have the potential to make.</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Willie: </strong>Lately, I have had a bit of a rollercoaster in my personal life. I had been unknowingly battling walking pneumonia from January to April. By the end of April, I lost both of my grandparents which made Ireland feel a lot further away from home than it actually was. It just reinforced the importance of family.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--755 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Inspiration and self-care</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Willie: </strong>Courage in the face of uncertainty inspires me a lot.</p> <p>I don't like people going against the grain just for the sake of rebelling, but when you see someone who actually believes in what they're doing, and they gracefully dismiss the doubts and judgements of others, I find that to be powerful.</p> <p>My three role models are Jane Goodall, Paul Farmer, and Jim Kim.</p> <p><strong>Lizzy: </strong>One of the most inspiring things to me is seeing the big ideas that young people are putting into action before they’re even out of high school.</p> <p>I'm passionate about what we're working on, and I don’t think you can ever fully switch off once you start your own business. However, it is vital to get away and sometimes. I’ve found that these are the times when great ideas will pop into your head!</p> <p>My switch-off time is when I’m running or doing anything physically active. I wasn’t great about it last year, so this year I signed up for a few races.</p> <p><strong>Willie: </strong>It doesn't take too long for me to recharge: sitting outside, getting some fresh air, and just taking a break from screens help a lot.</p> <p>In a typical 9-5 workplace you get the weekends off, but with a startup, your business is always on your mind, so you have to find your weekends in 15-minute increments -sometimes a cup of tea and a fun conversation are enough.</p> <p>I bike to work every day, which has been a great way to decompress, but after a tough week, I make sure I get outside and recharge.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">How to keep the momentum going?</p> <p> </p> <p><strong>Willie:</strong> <span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">I expect us to be fully operational in Ireland, the US, the UK, and Canada in the next five years, and looking to expand into other markets.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:12pt"><span style="background:white"><span style="font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;,serif"><span lang="EN-US" style="font-family:&quot;Roboto Slab&quot;,serif" xml:lang="EN-US"><span style="color:black">Most of our decisions and growth plans are dependent on funding, so if we get the funding we need our next move will be into the US. We have about 20 schools in the US interested in using our platform, so it is a natural progression for us.</span></span></span></span></span></p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--758 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns__2col"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--756 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p><strong>Lizzy:</strong> Every great company starts with the team, and we’re putting in a lot of work to build an amazing team who has the same vision as we do: create the easiest, most flexible way to donate what you can in Ireland, the US and the UK.</p> <p>We’re starting to look at new opportunities to bring on additional partners like retailers and big corporations to help them create and expand their donation options to employees and shoppers.</p> <p>At <a href="https://www.changedonations.com/" title="Change Donations">Change Donations</a> we are always looking for ways to improve our solution and support more charities. Feel free to give feedback or recommend a charity to add to the platform.</p> <p>Check out our work and join the community of everyday philanthropists!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns__2col"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--757 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/246.png" width="375" height="411" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div>Footer</div> Business SPIRIT Award winner <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2019. November</div> Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:50:28 +0000 Szilvia Szabó 42 at https://business-spirit.news The Upcycle Movement – design adventure https://business-spirit.news/news/the-upcycle-movement-design-adventure <div class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item"><span>The Upcycle Movement – design adventure</span> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_32 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://business-spirit.news/news/the-upcycle-movement-design-adventure" data-a2a-title="The Upcycle Movement – design adventure"><a class="a2a_button_facebook"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/facebook_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Facebook" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook_messenger"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/messenger_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Messenger" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/twitter_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Twitter" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/email_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Email" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"></a><a class="a2a_dd" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share_hover.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-hover"><img src="/libraries/bsp_social_media_icons_share/service/share.svg" border="0" alt="Share" height="18" class="social-media-links-normal"> Share </a></span> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/circular-economy" hreflang="en">Circular Economy</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/tag/business" hreflang="en">Business</a></div> </div> </div> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Business" title="Business" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/55.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Circular Economy" title="Circular Economy" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/54.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img width="32" height="32" alt="Sustainability" title="Sustainability" class="img-responsive" src="/files/bsp-images/icons/52.svg" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <img alt="The Upcycle Movement – design adventure" title="The Upcycle Movement – design adventure" class="img-responsive" src="/files/styles/news_full_main_image/public/bsp-images/news/29.png?itok=nDbiN4aL" width="687" height="687" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <div class="field field--name-field-lead field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Circular Economy in action: Transforming waste into business opportunity. </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom classy-style--margin-top paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--373 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The fashion industry is considered to be in the top 3 major sectors damaging our world. But besides fast fashion, there are areas where we might overlook harmful elements. Outdoor sports lovers wouldn’t harm nature deliberately. But using the equipment, such as wetsuits, made out of non-biodegradable materials will still endanger our environment after they cannot be used any longer.</p> <p>Irish designer and entrepreneur, Lynn Haughton, founder of multi-award winner <a href="https://theupcyclemovement.com/" title="The Upcycle Movement">The Upcycle Movement</a>, felt there has to be something she could change for the better and combat this wasteful linear system of ‘take-make-dispose’.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--374 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Stretching imagination</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--375 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It all started when I got a bag as a gift from my brother in 2005, which was made from Tsunami relief canvas rescue tents. The women who had made the bags had lost everything at that time and had been sheltering in the tents. But when it was time for them to move on, they cleverly turned them into bags to sell and make money to help them on their next step to rebuild their lives.</p> <p>It made me realise how much sense that made on so many levels – socially, economically and environmentally. I couldn’t help but think of all the missed opportunities we have literally ‘thrown away’, treating precious materials as waste instead of repurposing them.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--379 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--75-25"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-377"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--376 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>It initially started as a passion project because I just love upcycling as a craft. The process of reimagining something and turning it into something brand new never fails to fascinate me.</p> <p>I sought out opportunities from that and set up The Upcycle Movement to highlight these challenges and inspire creative thinking towards a more sustainable, circular economy.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--378 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/155.jpg" width="1042" height="1042" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--380 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>First, I focused on textiles because I had learnt how much the textile and fashion industry contributes to carbon emissions and climate change which horrified me. I’ve always loved to sew, so I felt it was something I could have a go at and try to design new things from retired textiles to keep them in circulation.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--381 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Creating a product to solve more than one problem</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--382 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Usually, designers have a product they want to make and a problem they want to solve with it, and so they source the materials to suit the product and solution. I work the other way around.</p> <p>I start with the material – which is the problem – so my design process revolves around the waste material itself, its properties and what else it can do after its original purpose has come to an end.</p> <p>Then I design products and solutions from there, getting inspired by the material itself. Most recently, I began to specialise in upcycling wetsuits.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--a" id="callout-386"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--385 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--383 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>When I realised how harmful neoprene is for the environment since there is no other option but to landfill them here in Ireland, I started to look for a solution.</p> <p>It is difficult for surf schools and water sports centres what to do with old wetsuits. Being a watersports lover myself, I set my focus on challenging that issue.</p> <p>Wetsuits are made of neoprene which is a durable, stretchy and protective material – so its properties are ideal for products like laptop cases, protective bags and robust travel accessories for example.</p> <p>It is designed to have outstanding resistance which makes it very useful in many ways but also problematic in terms of disposal – as a composite material cannot be recycled and do not biodegrade.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--384 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/156.jpg" width="847" height="1130" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--387 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>The water sports and adventure industry are a big target market for us as well as being the suppliers of the material. So we design products together with them - to suit gaps they may have identified or products they’d prefer to be made from upcycled wetsuits rather than new neoprene.</p> <p>To minimise waste, a large part of our process is to assess each wetsuit individually and lay our patterns out on them like a big puzzle. This way, we can ensure that we are getting the most value and material out of each wetsuit. We also collect any offcuts and damaged parts of wetsuits which we are currently working on a solution to repurpose as well.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--388 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Caring customers</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--389 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>Our customers buy from us mainly because they believe in our mission and their values align with ours. We are transparent, vocal and genuine about why we do what we do – and what we do. Customers also play a big role in terms of designing products with us. We have some new products in the pipeline that have been designed with our partners who identified a specific need or product gap.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-391"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--390 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>A repair and return service is also available, so people are buying for life when they buy from us.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--392 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We will repair where repair is possible, and when a customer is finished with our product, or it comes to the end of its life, we take it back and use that material again. The customer gets a percentage off their next purchase from us and that means the material is in a continuous loop and kept out of the landfill.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--395 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--58-42"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__1col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--393 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>We donate 10% to <a href="http://www.sealrescueireland.org/" target="_blank" title="Seal Rescue Ireland">Seal Rescue Ireland</a>, and people are happy to know they are supporting them with their purchase too.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--396 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Building on values makes you stronger</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--397 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>There is definitely a lot to deal with on a daily basis, and no two days are ever the same. I do love the variety of it though!</p> <p>Sometimes I feel like the effort is getting nowhere – but trying and getting nowhere is better than not trying at all. In doing so you learn, you grow, you push yourself, and that does make a difference so long as you take those new strengths with you and keep going.</p> <blockquote> <p>It’s natural to experience the highest highs and lowest lows, but as long as you can remember why you are doing what you are doing and stay true to your values, it makes sticking through the tough times navigable.</p> </blockquote> <p>Once I got a piece of advice: Imagine the worst-case scenario if the business was to fail. Would you be able to deal with that loss? If you imagine the worst and it cripples you with anxiety and fear, and you don’t think you could cope – then don’t do it! If you could feel that you have what it takes to manage this situation then it makes taking the risk a lot easier because you know even if it comes to the absolute worst – you’ll survive and get yourself up.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--400 paragraph--width--full paragraph--style--42-58"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column1"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--398 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/160.jpg" width="1059" height="1059" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns-two-uneven__2col-column2"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--399 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>In 2014/2015, I was dealt a few curveballs in a series of tragic events in my personal life. It was a challenging time, but in feeling the low and the loss – I also lost my sense of fear. That, in turn, gave me a sort of freedom I’d never felt before.</p> <p>I realised I was living my worst-case scenario and still standing. The only limiting factor for me at that stage was myself and whether I chose to pick myself up and go again or not. So I did.  And I did so with more sense of purpose than before.</p> <p>Generating positive impact is the driving factor for me and the result I’m after. I don’t think I’ll ever feel content enough to say ‘I’ve made it’, it’s not about that: the world is in crisis, and there’s so much to be done!</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--401 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">One of the most important assets of a startup is the Founder</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--402 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>I love to listen to different podcasts about the journey’s other entrepreneurs have had. My main taking from it is that most people learn as they go, and resilience is key.</p> <p>One sentence I heard has stuck with me ever since: “Nothing works if you don’t”. If you burn out your business wouldn’t survive.</p> <p>Being an entrepreneur is a lifestyle and a rollercoaster of a lifestyle at that!</p> <p>I’m extremely grateful to have a group of female entrepreneur friends whom I met at DCU High Fliers Programme, and they play a huge role in keeping me going! We share our highs and lows and help keep each other going through them because we can all relate to each other, even though we all have very different businesses.</p> <p>It is crucial to have a supportive and encouraging network around you – especially on the days that things may not go as planned, and it all just feels too much.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--b" id="callout-404"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--403 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>For me, there is no real separation of work/life as they are so interconnected. It never feels like ‘work’ to me, and I like that about it. On the other hand, it is so easy to over-do it or lose track of time because you’re so engrossed in it, but self-care is crucial and taking time to yourself is vital.</p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--405 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>At the start, I said yes to every opportunity that came my way, but it meant my energy was spread and I got off track. If I could go back, I would have told myself to say no more often, but now I am more selective and focused.</p> <p>That advice of self-care stuck with me and is something I remind myself of frequently because it’s essential to listen to your body, take time just for you and to remind yourself you can only do what you can do - and that is enough.</p> <p>One of the benefits of working for yourself is that you can take a break when you need it. If I am too tired and getting nowhere, I’ll stop and remind myself: that is ok. I’ll take a nap, do some yoga, go to the beach or get out in nature. Then revisit the situation when I am refreshed and able to deal with it with clarity.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--406 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p class="font-greentitle">Growing impact, scaling business</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--407 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>To make a more significant impact, I do need to plan for scaling up. As a startup, it’s not easy to take on employees from the get-go so it does mean you juggle a lot yourself at the start.</p> <p>It is at the point now, where I am looking to expand into a team and get a bigger space which I am really excited about and will be a major milestone! I would love to share our vision with others and grow The Upcycle Movement by spreading the idea of “It's only waste if we waste its potential”.</p> </div> </div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--bp-columns paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--411 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="paragraph--type--bp-columns__1col"> <div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-callout paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--width--full callout-style--a" id="callout-410"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="callout-body"> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-simple paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--408 paragraph--width--full" style=""> <div class="paragraph__column"> <p>There are new products to launch, more products to design, other materials to rescue and we are also working on an innovative solution to use even the smallest pieces of offcuts from the wetsuits.</p> <p class="font-greentitle">Our latest release is the NEO collection:</p> <p>Bags and accessories made from upcycled wetsuits designed for everyday adventures. All handmade with respect for the environment and a passion for a more sustainable world.</p> </div> </div> <div class="classy-style--margin-bottom paragraph paragraph--type--bp-image paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--409 paragraph--width--full"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-bp-image-field field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img alt="" title="" src="/files/bsp-images/paragraph/161.jpg" width="1080" height="1080" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-background-style field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Background style</div> <div class="field--item">Light</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-sponsored field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Sponsored?</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden field--item">2019. April</div> Thu, 04 Apr 2019 21:10:43 +0000 Tamás Kiss 19 at https://business-spirit.news