Working in sales, Natasha was a daily witness of the constant trash problems happening right outside her corporate office window. The sight is a familiar one, not only in Oslo but anywhere in the world: Trash cans and containers outside retailers and postal offices are over flowing with packaging materials. It is the perfect representation of what’s gone wrong in our increasingly wasteful global society.
Natasha decided it was time for action, and saw little reason why she – a talented sales person – couldn’t be the one to start it all. There were only two issues: She had no experience with manufacturing, and beyond a home-sewn prototype for a reusable mailer bag, she didn’t know how to take the next step. Secondly, there was the ‘small’ issue of coming up with a viable return system for the bags, so they could be returned after each use. The latter is no easy task, and it’s a problem which several companies and startups have attempted to crack for years.
Natasha found Alvin through his consulting firm New England, specializing in sustainable production. Owned by Pinecone Ventures, Dammann Leer’s private impact venture firm, New England was tasked with prototyping and scaling the reusable mailer bag for mass production in a sustainable way. The result was a 100% recycled polyester packaging, durable enough to last 50-100 reuses. The Abbas-Leer collaboration went so smoothly, it was mutually decided they should work on this concept together. Alvin soon joined as co-founder and CEO, with Pinecone Ventures 49% stakeholder.
For the following months, hard work and an incredible pace of growth awaited. Multiple partnerships with billion dollar companies have been established, pilot customers onboarded, and an innovative return system based on innovative technology has been developed through a few too many 14-hour workdays – and some invaluable help from government grants and a membership in the renown incubator Kjeller Innovation. The rest is history, in the making. In 2021, Packoorang will roll out its first pilot in Oslo, Norway with several European cities due to roll out next.
We are a fast-growing next generation food supply business, on a mission to transform how food is accessed and distributed within cities. We source quality meat, seafood and plant-based products directly from producers and we deliver to professional kitchens.
With our unique delivery model, automation and by going direct to the source, we are able to offer market-beating prices and reliable service, all underpinned by a commitment to sustainability.
From our own experience, we know how difficult it is to behave consistently sustainably. Especially when everyday stress and lately Corona thwart the food plans and you order food for delivery or take food to the office or home, a big mountain of rubbish always remains in the end. In our view, it is a huge waste of resources to produce and transport packaging in an elaborate manner, just so that it ends up in the garbage and is incinerated after less than 30 minutes. With VYTAL, we want to establish a digital reusable system that finally offers every hungry person, restaurateur, supermarket and delivery service a low-cost and sustainable alternative to disposable and plastic waste.
Our mission is to reduce food waste and alleviate food insecurity in communities everywhere. Replate manages the food donations of caterers, offices with meal services, brands with product overrun, farmers markets, restaurants and other surplus food generators. Every food donation is taken to a nearby nonprofit that works with people experiencing food insecurity, or directly to someone’s home.
OUR MISSION - Together we all need to make a change to help our planet get back to being healthy and sustainable to all species. There are so many aspects of our everyday life that need to change and Fair-Well has chosen to focus on food waste, household waste and the community. To do this we need to make plastic free options accessible and convenient. We believe if we live healthy & sustainably, the world will be healthy.
OUR VALUES - It's sometimes hard to find products that reflect more than one good business practice in one product. We believe in so many things but the products out there only provide us with one or the other, organic but not environmentally friendly, environmentally friendly but not Fair-trade, great product but part of a multinational company, Organic and Fair Trade but in single-use plastic packaging. So we thought, how amazing would it be if we could provide customers with products that had all these great business practices with all their products and have them plastic free?! Our main objective is to reduce plastic usage in our everyday essential products while giving back to the community. We home deliver organic and natural products to our customers to make buying plastic free more convenient.
We hope to start a movement where all households do their best to reduce their plastic use!
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