‘Green living’ is no longer a fancy term but is fast becoming a way for life for many. Several countries have pledged their allegiance to save the planet, Korea being one. The Sustainable Development Commission was founded in Seoul city to support actions that support an environment-friendly and healthier society. The country’s commitment to creating a sustainable environment can also be seen through several startups that have emerged in the last few years, doing their bit towards saving the planet.
Koreatechdesk.com has shortlisted 3 Korean startups supporting the green cause:
Plastic is perhaps one of the biggest banes of modern society that has damaged the environment more than anything else. As per a report, on average, humans produce over 200 million tons of plastic waste each year. Montsenu, a lifestyle brand, turns discarded PET bottles into useful products. The company creates clothes and fashion items from plastic bottles and recycles plastic waste. It has recycled around 976kg of 500ml wasted plastic bottles. The startup hopes to be Asia’s representative for a sustainable lifestyle.
2. Coffee Cube
The average Korean consumes over 500 cups of coffee a year, and South Korea ranks fourth in the world for the number of Starbucks stores per capita. However, the more coffee consumed also means more discarded coffee. Seoul-based Coffee Cube upcycles massive amounts of coffee grounds into bricks that can be used for construction! The company also produces environmental-friendly clay from coffee grounds for kids. Coffee Cube is planning to produce bricks that can be decomposed and recycled. They have also collaborated with Starbucks, which has preordered the product to use in their interior walls.
3. Foresys Co. Ltd.
Marine life is fast Foresys Co., Ltd., a Korean startup founded in 2017, offers innovative engineering services for ocean structuring. It also contributes towards sustainability through its renewable energy projects while developing various types of floating barriers for debris, oil & chemical, jellyfish, etc. to address environmental concerns. It also offers services for renewable energy projects involving wind, wave, and current energy through design, evaluation, and investigations. The company is developing an eco-friendly ocean debris barrier to prevent the influx of land-based ocean debris. The barrier collects debris naturally by the currents and is powered by renewable energy from waves and solar.