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Waste reduction startup RecycleSmart raises $1.15 million in crowdfunding campaign

- May 19, 2024 2 MIN READ

A recycling startup dealing with problem products, such as soft plastics, coffee pods, blister packs and vapes, has raised $1.15 million from 1014 investors in a crowdfunding campaign. Five-year-old Sydney-based RecycleSmart plans to accelerate it national expansion with the funds. In the last 12 months, RecycleSmart has doubled its customer numbers, revenue and also seen… Read more »

Refilled cofounders - Stefan Kent and Ryan Nelson
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Meet Refilled, the eco-friendly Sydney startup transforming soft drink vending machines

- October 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

While vending machines offer convenience and ease for anyone with a few dollars and thirsty, the supply-chain logistics around them are staggering when you drill down into the environmental impact. Putting aside the transport emissions, less than 20% of the 891 billion-plus single-use plastic bottles are produced annually worldwide are ever recycled. A 2020 report… Read more »


Battery recycling startup Renewable Metals charges up on $8 million Seed round

- October 5, 2023 2 MIN READ

Western Australian battery recycling startup, Renewable Metals has raised $8 million in Seed funding to address low levels of lithium battery materials recovery. The round was led the Investible’s Climate Tech Fund, with support from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) through Virescent Ventures, which tipped in $2.5 million, and US VC the Grantham Foundation… Read more »

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Woolworths backs plastic-eating recycling startup in $54 million Series A raise

- November 2, 2022 2 MIN READ

Recycling startup Samsara Eco has raised $54 million in a Series A round as it looks to reduce plastic pollution. Existing backers, including CSIRO’s deep tech fund Main Sequence, Woolworths Group’s W23 and Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) Innovation Fund were joined. by new investors Breakthrough Victoria, Singapore’s Temasek, Assembly Climate Capital, DCVC and INP Capital… Read more »

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Climate Tech

Victoria has $10 million to deal with one of the next decade’s biggest recycling problems: solar panels

- October 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

A $10 million program to tackle recycling solar panels has been launched in Victoria. Breakthrough Victoria,  a company managing a $2 billion fund set up by the Victorian government to make the state a global leader in innovation, has launched the $10 million Solar Waste Challenge, to invest in solar waste reduction solutions. More than… Read more »


A reusable packaging startup raised $2m in seeding fund with Kim Jackson’s Skip Capital backing it

- November 2, 2020 2 MIN READ

A household products company hoping to reduce the plastic waste by reusing containers for everyday products such as shampoo, liquid soaps and laundry wash has raised $2 million in seed funding, led by Skip Capital, the family VC run by Kim Jackson, wife of Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar. Zero Co has already attracted a series… Read more »


An Adelaide startup has found a way to mimic tropical timbers using wood waste

- May 22, 2020 4 MIN READ

An Australian company that has developed technology to turn wood waste into timber that looks and performs like 100-year-old tropical hardwood has entered an agreement with Bosch to globalise the product. Based in Adelaide and Melbourne, 3RT has spent six years developing its world-first technology in collaboration with Flinders University in South Australia, launching its… Read more »