Closing The Loop With Climate-Smart Waste Management Solutions: Replicator Workbook

Published: 07 July 2020
Current amounts of waste generation and insufficient waste management affect ecosystems worldwide negatively. Thus, the waste management sector is a promising area for reducing pressure on our natural resources and carbon emissions. Managing waste through strategies such as rethinking products, reducing resource use and recycling materials contribute towards a more circular economy. Climate-smart solutions presented in this workbook transform waste into entirely new materials, such as pavement tiles, alternative house building blocks, or paper made from grass. Get inspired by proven business models around the globe and learn how to create impactful and innovative solutions around waste management for your community. Read more
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Scaling Policy and Financial Instruments for Eco-Inclusive SME Support | SEED South Africa Symposium 2020

Published: 06 July 2020Authors: Camilla Shearman, Maggie Sloan
On 6th May, Mr Tlou Ramaru, Chief Director of Climate Change Adaptation in the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF), welcomed enterprises, financial institutions, policy-makers, donors, and business development service providers to a Pitching Session during the online SEED South Africa Symposium 2020. This Pitching Session brought together stakeholders who have been actively designing policy and financial instruments to support the start-up and scale-up of climate-smart and socially inclusive enterprises in South Africa. Read more
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Enterprise Financing Journey: EcoPlastile Ltd

Published: 18 June 2020
EcoPlastile Ltd (SEED Low Carbon Award Finalist 2019) works with marginalised populations, including youth and women, to collect plastic waste at various collection centres and transforms it into durable building materials in Kampala, Uganda. Read more
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Enterprise Financing Journey: Green Bio Energy

Published: 18 June 2020
Green Bio Energy (SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2014) produces eco-friendly briquettes, made from carbonised 100% recycled bio-material, that burn for longer and hotter than other briquettes, and provide social and environmental impacts in Kampala, Uganda. Read more
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Filling the Missing Middle Financing Gap | Scoping Paper, India 2020

Published: 16 June 2020Authors: Kathrin Kirsch, Marlena Kiefl
This scoping paper provides the basis for the implementation of the collaborative, multi-step process of the SEED Practitioner Labs Climate Finance in India in 2020. India’s vibrant landscape of MSMEs presents an opportunity for diversified socio-economic growth. In light of climate change, climate-smart enterprises – offering products and services for climate change adaptation and/or mitigation – are well-positioned to absorb global climate finance flows to create environmental, social and economic impacts in line with India’s climate action objectives. However, climate-smart MSMEs cannot fulfill their full potential as they lack appropriate access to finance to grow and scale their operations resulting in a missing-middle-financing gap. Read more
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When a Crisis Presents an Opportunity for Innovation

Published: 20 April 2020Authors: Linde Wolters
Flexibility and resilience are essential when it comes to adversity.  “There are always opportunities,” says Gabriel Okello, the enterprise’s business development manager. “A crisis presents opportunities for innovation.  Whether it is “mobile money solutions, combining deliveries or tracking and data-driven solutions.” Read more
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An Inspiring Perspective on COVID-19 From Fang Thai’s CEO

Published: 15 April 2020Authors: Supapim Wannopas
January 13 marked the first reported coronavirus case outside of China – it was reported in Thailand. A little more than 2 weeks later – on January 30, WHO declared COVID-19 a global public health emergency. This emergency doesn’t only pose a threat to individual health but, inevitably, also affects our healthy enterprises.

SEED had a chance to catch up with our 2019 SEED Awards winner from Thailand, Fang Thai Factory, on how they are doing and dealing with the epidemic. There are some key points we feel could benefit and/or inspire peers who face a similar struggle. Read more

Fang Thai’s 5 Fundamental Factors to Help You Deal With Change

Published: 15 April 2020Authors: Supapim Wannopas
Resilience is important to business, especially for those that are small in size or just starting out. Why? Because a small starter enterprise usually has built up fewer resources and network to withstand financial or other hardship for a long period of time. Yet, its strength is also in its size: its flexibility. This elasticity allows for a quick response, a shift in tactics and making changes easily. Here Jaruwan shares the five fundamental factors that allow her business to endure and adapt. Read more

Digital Innovations by Eco-Inclusive Enterprises: In the Waste Sector

Published: 08 April 2020Authors: Khawla Rammali, Sonya Ong
The improvement of waste management systems across the world is vital to reduce environmental degradation, but only 9% of the world’s plastic waste was recycled by 2015. But digital solutions can support changes in consumer behaviour and increase the education of residents on proper waste sorting techniques and the availability of door-to-door collection. Read more
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How to improve your enterprise immunity to COVID-19? Some food for thought from SEED Indonesia Winner 2019 Mycotech

Published: 07 April 2020Authors: Linde Wolters, Supapim Wannopas
The term “survival of the fittest” suggests that organisms best adjusted to their environment are the most successful in surviving, it seems this also applies to business in tough times.

Adaptiveness is certainly a quality that Adi Reza Nugroho, the CEO of Mycotech, an enterprise producing leather and leather products from mushrooms, has in spades. Resilient to changes, positive but not too optimistic, he hopes for the best but prepares for the worst. Here he shares his coping strategies dealing with the COVID situation. Read more
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Digital Innovation for Eco-Inclusive Enterprises

Published: 30 March 2020Authors: Khawla Rammali, Linde Wolters, Sonya Ong
Digital innovation is a great way to accelerate social, environmental and economic transformation, for enterprises to tackle challenges such as climate change, food security, gender equality, and scale-up solutions more quickly through technology. Read more
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SEED Congratulates Seven Malawi Enterprises on their Latest Success

Published: 28 February 2020
Seven of our SEED Malawi eco-inclusive enterprises - Chonona, Green Impact Technologies, Green Ventures, Honey Products, Hortinet, Inte Waste and Ziweto – were recently able to raise funds that will help them scale-up and achieve their full growth potential. Read more
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SEED Award Winner Fang Thai Factory Featured on International Climate Initiative (IKI)

Authors: Source: International Climate Initiative (IKI)
SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2019 Fang Thai Factory featured as a creative solution to address the environmental issues caused by Thailand's packaging industry in terms of deforestation, carbon dioxide emissions and waste management by International Climate Initiative. Read more
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Bottom-up Solutions to the Climate Emergency: Three Innovative, Eco-Inclusive Enterprises Take a Local Approach

Authors: Linde Wolters / Marlena Kiefl / Khawla Rammali Source: Next Billion
The threat of climate change exacerbates already existing inequalities, and increases the urgency of the need for resilient communities. But building this resilience presents a complex challenge: How can the world’s most marginalized communities effectively pursue growth, work toward the Sustainable Development Goals and overcome climate-related crises – while involving the rural households, women and youth who are most affected by climate change? Read more
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SEED Low Carbon Award Finalist SunnyCotton Featured on 'MGR Online'

Authors: Source: MGR online
Ms. Kesinee Jirawanidchakorn has created a sanitary napkin made from fabric, which can be washed and reused again. It enables females to save money and reduce the amount of waste that pollutes the environment. Read more
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SEED Low Carbon Award Winner Hustlenomics Featured on Sowetan Live

Authors: Karabo Ledwaba Source: Sowetan Live
Social entrepreneur Nhlanhla Ndlovu has fast become a star in the construction industry with his idea of replacing backyard shacks with decent housing. The 35-year-old founder of Hustlenomics recently won the SA leg of the Chivas Venture 2020 and will be representing the country in London and later Toronto in the international leg where $1m is up for grabs. Read more
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SEED Award Winner Lifepack Featured as an Eco-Friendly Biodegradable Packaging Solution to Plastic Pollution

Authors: Dan Edel Source: Intelligent Living
SEED Gender Equality Award Winner 2013 Lifepack, based in Colombia, has developed an amazing, 100% compostable product that can germinate plants within 8 days and biodegrade within 3 weeks. Each plant that germinates from a Lifepack will help to filter up to 1 ton of CO2. Read more
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SEED Award Winner 2019 Fang Thai featured on Deutsche Welle (DW)

Authors: Source: Deutsche Welle
Fang Thai's creative solution of using rice straw as a substitute for plastic food packaging in Thailand is featured by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Read more
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SEED India Hub Launch at the World Sustainable Development Summit 2020

Authors: TERI Source: TERI
Rainer Agster, Director of Operations at SEED, was present during WSDS 2020 to launch the SEED India hub and to introduce two eco-inclusive enterprises (Aikya Organics & Daily Dump) that are developing solutions for the challenges of climate change. Read more
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SEED Award Winner Green the Map featured on Global Ideas (DW)

Authors: Global Ideas Source: Deutsche Welle
SEED Award Winner 2016 Green the Map featured as a creative solution to tackle India's massive waste management problem by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Read more
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SEED Low Carbon Award 2019 finalist Stonesoup featured on 'the better India'

Authors: Charu Chowdhary Source: The better India
SEED Low Carbon Award 2019 finalist Stonesoup featured on 'the better India' to share their knowledge on terrace gardening. Stonesoupe provides home composting kits and other eco-friendly products that enable people to reduce their household waste and grow their own food. Read more
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SEED Low Carbon Award Finalist Siyabuddy Recycling and Waste Management Featured on Reuters

Authors: Nellie Peyton Source: Reuters
SiyaBuddy is featured as an enterprise that is helping to tackle problems from illiteracy to pollution across Africa by Reuters. SiyaBuddy is a recycling and waste management company in South Africa that aims to create jobs while helping the environment. The start-up buys waste from local collectors, mostly women, and sells it to recycling companies. Read more
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Low Carbon Award Winner Hustlenomics featured on Global Ideas (DW)

Authors: Global Ideas Source: Deutsche Welle
SEED Low Carbon Award Winner 2019 Hustlenomics featured as an inspirational best practice climate and biodiversity protection project in South Africa by German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Read more
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Bringing SME voices into policy solution development through our Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping

Published: 16 December 2019Authors: Camilla Shearman
In late October, seven policy practitioners took to the stage during the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping scale-up labs in South Africa and Malawi. The practitioners shared their ideas of policy solutions to leverage the potential of eco-inclusive enterprises in driving the transition to green and inclusive economies. Read more
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SEED at the COP25 in Madrid

Published: 11 December 2019
SEED’s Executive Director Dr. Lewis Akenji was present in Madrid and participated in multiple events to share how SEED supports climate-smart small and medium sized enterprises to develop innovative solutions to major climate finance challenges. As well as the innovative approaches of the SEED Low Carbon Award Winners & Finalists to reduce plastic waste.  Read more