Technology and innovation have the ability to provide solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges and vital components of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The SEED global partnership believes that the promotion of social and environmental enterprises is pivotal to a world of flourishing communities where entrepreneurship drives sustainable development. Through SEED’s annual awards, grass roots eco innovators are supported and encouraged so that they can to scale their operations and provide replicable business models that can be used around the world.
The SEED global partnership recognizes the most innovative, inclusive and environmentally friendly start-ups in developing countries and provides them with business know-how support and profiles them regionally and nationally to help them grow and share their experiences. SEED was founded in 2002 by the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
This year’s SEED Awards are placing particular emphasis on eco-inclusive enterprises from Colombia, India, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda. The winners will also join a network of more than 230 enterprises from 38 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America – laureates of the SEED Awards.
These five winning enterprises were selected by an independent Jury of International Experts from nearly 250 applications for the SEED Low Carbon Awards – and are active in the sectors of waste management, energy and green technologies:
EcoAct Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, uses environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient plastic extrusion to upcycle plastic waste into durable, affordable plastic timbers for construction. The enterprise mitigates climate change not only by reducing plastic pollution, but also by reducing wood dependence and deforestation.
Khainza Energy in Kampala, Uganda, produces high-quality methane from organic waste obtained from farms and households and distributes it in affordable, recyclable cylinders along with cooking appliances. Khainza Energy incorporates local women, farmers, and youth along its distribution channels, creating value for consumers as well as local communities.
Amazóniko in Botota, Columbia, offers a collaborative recycling WebApp that incentivizes users to recycle through a door-to-door collection service and rewards scheme. Through its digital platform, the enterprise educates app users with a comprehensive recycling toolkit and organises easy waste collection. Amazóniko’s point-based scheme rewards recycling by offering a growing catalogue of environmentally friendly products produced from the collected materials and discounts in associated brands.
Corporación Acción Semilla inMarinilla, Colombia, collects organic waste from its foodservice industry and landscaping services clients and converts this waste into a fertilizer for agricultural activities at local, smallholder farms. The enterprise charges clients a fee for its services and earns profits from the sale of crops and compost.
Daily Dump in Bengalulu, India, is a brand, a service and a set of products and stories of new habits that enable urban households, communities, and businesses to segregate and compost their waste, and to become more conscious & responsible for resource consumption and disposal in a decentralised manner.