Refiberd sews up $3.4M seed round to use its AI to tackle textile waste

AI is nothing new in the recycling industry, but Refiberd’s approach appears to break fresh ground both in its application to textile recycling and hyperspectral imagery.

I’ve never seen so many crap startups

Startups are so full of shit right now.  The pipes are jammed and there are so many companies that are full to bursting with the desire to un-pack them.  We’ve just been through determining the sh

Waste4Change is building a circular economy in Indonesia

Even the largest landfills in Indonesia are at (or nearing) capacity, and the government has set an ambitious target of 30% waste reduction by 2025. Waste4Change is one of the companies that wants to

Octopus keeps stuff out of Indonesia’s crowded landfills

According to the World Bank, Indonesia produces 4.8 million tons of plastic waste each year that is “mismanaged” — meaning it ends up uncollected, chucked into dumpsites or leaked from improperl

ESG and shareholder activism: A tsunami is coming to Silicon Valley

With the increase in attention on ESG issues over the past few years, it’s easy for companies to assume that we’ve reached the crest of the ESG wave. However, we are only at the early stages.

NASA seeks crowdsourced help designing a better moon toilet

NASA is getting ready for its Artemis program, which seeks to return Americans to the moon and help establish a permanent presence for humans on the lunar surface, with a new crowdsourcing competition

Greyparrot bags $2.2M seed to scale its AI for waste management

London-based Greyparrot, which uses computer vision AI to scale efficient processing of recycling, has bagged £1.825 million (~$2.2 million) in seed funding, topping up the $1.2 million in pre-seed f

Blueland launches with a suite of eco-friendly cleaning supplies designed to reduce plastic waste

Sarah Paiji had the idea to launch the eco-friendly refillable cleaning supply retailer Blueland after hearing about the abundance of microplastics in the water she was using to dilute her child&#8217

An ‘Uber for garbage’ picks up steam, and $11.7 million in Series A funding

Sometimes, it seems like every possible on-demand service that could be created has already come along -- and, in some cases, gone away. But Recycle Track Systems (RTS), a two-year-old, New York-based

Amazon should think outside the box

Recent news that Amazon is working on a way to deliver items inside your door, without packaging, is huge. It means that e-commerce might overcome its greatest obstacle: Thinking inside the box.

Meet the new wave of tech companies taking out the trash

You’d be hard-pressed to meet someone who loves garbage more than Jason Gates, co-founder and CEO of San Francisco-based startup Compology. But Gates isn’t concerned with the residential trash

An Investment Opportunity In Trash

As incredible as it might seem, processing trash may represent a future unique investment opportunity. Consider the new technologies that will operate on the micro scale, breaking the bonds of molecul

Agilyx Raises $22 Million To Turn Plastics (Back) Into Oil

<img src="http://www.crunchbase.com/assets/images/resized/0012/8729/128729v1-max-250x250.png" class="shot2"></img> A Portland area startup selling patented systems that turn plastic trash into synthet

Genomatica Raises $45 Million To Make Sustainable Chemicals, And Greener Spandex (A Good Thing, In This Case)

<img src="http://www.crunchbase.com/assets/images/resized/0008/3401/83401v2-max-250x250.png" class="shot2"/> Genomatica, a San Diego based producer of chemicals from renewable sources including sugar,

Recyclebank's CEO Jonathan Hsu On New Site, Rewarding Green Behavior Beyond The Bin

<img src="http://www.crunchbase.com/assets/images/resized/0004/3266/43266v3-max-250x250.jpg" class="shot2"></img> <a href="http://www.recyclebank.com/">Recyclebank</a> — a loyalty rewards program th

A Facebook Game With a Mission: Waste Management to Launch Oceanopolis

<img src='http://tctechcrunch.files.wordpress.com/2010/07/picture-14.png' class="snap_nopreview shot2" alt="Oceanopolis Logo" /><a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/company/waste-management">Waste Manag

Waste Management Launches a Social Network

<a href="http://www.crunchbase.com/product/greenopolis"><img style="float:right;" alt="" /></a>Frankly this should just be an application on Facebook and MySpace, it would get better traction. But tha