The novel Coronavirus outbreak has perhaps rung one of the loudest warning bells for the human race to wake up and not disregard nature and live a conscious and sustainable lifestyle.
It has now become almost imperative to preserve and protect the environment. Korean entrepreneurs and startups are bringing products and services that promote a sustainable lifestyle, cleaner environment and can help tackle environmental issues at the individual level and as a society.
Koreatechdesk.com lists out some Korean startups that promote sustainability and a better environment on World Environment Day.
1) N.Thing – for growing food smartly:
This Agri-Tech company is promoting a sustainable lifestyle with smart farming products. Started in 2014, the startup has various products for smart farming that caters to individual homes to vertical farming spaces. Its product Planty, is a Wi-Fi-connected plant pot that connects with its caretaker via a smartphone. N.Thing also offers a 40 feet Smart Farm Cube – Planty Cube that is a modular vegetable farm with IoT devices monitoring environmental factors like temperature, humidity and can sustain vertical farms. As per the company, their technique increases yield, decreases carbon emissions, and crops grown in Planty Cube are cultivated in a non-agrochemical environment, free of harmful substances.
2) Bitfinder’s Awair helps to breathe clean air:
A sleek and compact air quality monitor Awair can detect the hazardous air inside the house and help users have a pollution-free- environment in their homes. Awair can identify five key factors determining the air quality measurement of fine dust, temperature, chemicals, CO2, and humidity. The Awair app gives results to a score of 100, in which the higher the number, the better the air quality. Awair can also be configured with Google Assistant, Alexa, and IFTTT. When COVID-19 has forced more and more indoor time, a product like Awair is sure a smart buy.
3) Montsenu recycles plastic to make cloths:
This lifestyle brand transforms discarded PET bottles into clothes and fashion items. The startup aims to recycle more than 2 million plastic bottles into recycled polyester. The company aspires to become a leading Korean company working with sustainability. Montsenu has a collection covering men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, footwear, accessories, and denim.
KRAF (Khanfilter Regenerative Air Filter) is a dust-reducing device based on DPF (Diesel Particulate Filters) technology built for restaurants’ cooking emission gases and secondary pollutants. It requires no filter exchanges or cleanup. Khanfilter’s Regenerative Air Filter boasts of a unique ability to clean itself. It can last over ten years with no part change, cleanup, or special maintenance. Also, the system involves simple installation by cutting a part of the restaurant’s duct and inserting the filter system.
This startup works for ocean sustainability with high-tech engineering services for ocean structuring. Foresys’ floating barrier is eco-friendly, that does natural collection by the currents, and the power system is by renewable energy from waves and solar. Debris flowing to a broad range of areas by the current can be collected with the floating barrier device and then be removed from the ocean. The barriers are built with utmost care as to not harm the marine environment through easy installation and removal option.
Korean startup The Wave Talk has developed a solution that can detect even the tiniest impurities in water and food, which can eventually help in stopping contamination. The company offers real-time IoT bacterial detection sensors that enable contaminated water to be discharged and helps to produce aseptic water in food production systems. Its sensor can be used to detect bacteria at home and inside the human body.