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Koinpack is the Winner of the Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC) on Healthy Oceans – Prevent Plastic Waste

We’re proud to announce that Koinpack has won the first ADB Innovation Hub’s Healthy Oceans Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC), a grant awarded to a high-level technology solution to address an identified development challenge. Koinpack focused on tackling plastic waste at the source, and is the first provider of reusable packaging in Indonesia. Koinpack will use …

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Maximising Impact: Bringing the first smart refill vending machine from Chile to Jakarta

Positive impact is realized not only by new ideas, but also by replicating models and adapting them to a new context. Typically, we associate change with exciting brand-new innovations, fancy reusable cups, electric cars or hydrogen-powered vessels. But whilst less glamorous, it’s important we don’t underestimate the impact that can be created by replicating existing …

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Model Bisnis Sirkular di Balik Revolusi Guna Ulang di Indonesia

Oleh Dieuwertje Nelissen dan Tauhid Pandji awalnya muncul di NewSecurityBeat.org Bank sampah merupakan salah satu fondasi untuk mengurangi jumlah sampah di Indonesia. Dalam upaya untuk mencegah sampah plastik berakhir dibakar atau mencemari sungai, beberapa komunitas mendirikan bank sampah sebagai tempat bagi masyarakat membawa sampah plastiknya untuk bisa didaur ulang. Hanya dalam kurun waktu beberapa bulan, …

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Did the pandemic halt consumer interest in reuse?

Though the first reaction to the pandemic saw customers choosing single-use over reuse due to falsely perceived lower standards of hygiene, the move away from reuse might actually have been overblown in sustainable circles. Contrary to popular opinion, research has shown that the pandemic has actually heightened interest in the climate crisis. People are keenly …

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How we’re designing a reusable takeout box that is sustainable, storable, & sanitary

With a new year comes new opportunities, especially for our reuse venture Cupkita.  After launching Indonesia’s first reusable cup service for coffee stores this past July, Cupkita’s efforts to provide customers with a sustainable alternative to single-use cups were brought to a halt as a result of lockdown restrictions. Nonetheless, our mission to reform the …

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Qyos, Household Product Refill Station in Urban Residential Areas

Good news for those of you who live at Kalibata City Apartments, the social company Qyos is building a refill station for cleaning and body care products. Their vision is to introduce an eco-friendly lifestyle that is compact and affordable. The accumulation of plastic waste in Indonesia makes it a problem that requires immediate response. …

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This is how we build impact-driven business models that tackle plastic pollution

As you might already know by now, venture building lies at the heart of the Zero Waste Living Lab’s mission to close the tap on plastic pollution. Seeking to systemically overturn the inefficiencies of the current plastics economy, we build ventures that provide meaningful and lasting solutions, catering for all stakeholders involved.  But how exactly …

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From niche to mainstream: How an Indonesian e-commerce platform is making sustainable living the norm

We have recently joined forces with one-stop learning and shopping platform Sustaination. Sustaination provides educational tools for environmental awareness and offers sustainable replacements to single-use plastics, thus we are thrilled to be supporting their growth as a company and aiding their mission to overcome plastic pollution in Indonesia. To find out more about how the …

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Koinpack joins forces with waste banks in Indonesia to tackle plastic pollution

Earlier in 2020, our venture Koinpack kicked off its pilot by implementing its reuse solution in two warungs in West Jakarta, where the venture has been providing customers with a sustainable alternative to currently used single-use plastic sachets, which are virtually impossible to recycle. Koinpack’s solution comes in the form of reusable bottles that can …

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Reuse is reduce. The role of reuse business models in eliminating global plastic pollution

While there exist many solutions to turn off the tap on plastic waste, an increasing body of evidence shows that reducing the growth in plastic consumption is of utmost importance if we want to make a significant impact in cutting plastic pollution. In fact, as the recent Breaking the Plastic Wave report from SystemIQ and …

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