How climate tech startups can survive and thrive in the downturn

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A bubble-bursting means climate tech entrepreneurs will need to adjust their game plan. They’ll need to adapt, conserve cash, negotiate flat or down fundraising rounds, adjust to rising costs of capital and look at forms of financing outside of venture capital. It’ll also mean raising money could be more challenging overall, and companies will need to hit higher technical and market bars to try to maintain valuations.

Circ raises $30 million for textile-blend recycling

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The Virginia-based textile recycling start-up Circ has raised $30 million in a series B funding round. The investment was led by the Bill Gates-founded Breakthrough Energy Ventures and joined by the clothing retailer Inditex and the textile manufacturer Milliken, among other new and existing investors.

Circ’s central claim is that it can recycle cotton-polyester textile blends containing any ratio of the two fiber types. The dual outputs can then be used to make cellulosic textiles such as lyocell or viscose on the one hand and new polyester textiles on the other. The firm is guarded about the chemical details of its process, saying “Circ’s technology is based in hydrothermal technology—water, pressure, and responsible chemistry.”

This startup just raised millions to make cement more climate friendly

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Almost all construction requires cement, and cement is made using a process that releases carbon. Terra CO2 is replacing a key ingredient to make the process cleaner.

The role of startups in restoring our climate with carbon removal

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As the world faces a growing list of climate disasters, from unprecedented summer wildfires in Alaska to record-breaking heat waves in Asia, congressional negotiations on climate action continue to sputter. Amidst this landscape, the U.S. Department of Energy is convening a Carbon Negative Shot Summit this week on climate solutions. The summit is not focused on stopping climate pollution, which is essential to limit the devastation of climate change, but on another growing pillar of climate action: managing the massive amount of pollution that humans have already lodged in our atmosphere. Removing and managing carbon dioxide (CO2) is already happening in tandem with reducing climate pollution, but to reach gigaton-scale carbon management that can make a meaningful dent in U.S. and global climate targets, we need the innovation and ingenuity of startups.

Upcycling protein tech co Apparo seeks partner to commercialize ‘highly functional’ sunflower protein isolates

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Minnesota-based startup Apparo – which developed technology now being deployed by AB InBev on a commercial scale to extract highly functional barley protein from brewer’s spent grains – has turned its attention to another upcycled protein it reckons could have just as much potential: sunflower.

Earth & Wheat’s ‘wonky’ ethos targets wider audience

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The surplus foodtech startup has onboarded with Amazon to reach a wider online audience with its new vegan sweet and savoury ‘wonky’ broken biscuit box.

After seeing Hawaii’s beaches littered with plastic, this islander built a company to make straws from seaweed

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Loliware takes seaweed, mills it down and then combines it with color, minerals, and water.

Its biggest customer so far is the Cornerstone Restaurant Group, but Briganti said it is adding new partners quickly.

“Sea technology is a competitive technology to replace plastic at scale, because it’s high performing, cost competitive, scalable, and regenerative. So it’s the most sustainable alternative to plastic on the market,” said Sea Briganti, Loliware’s CEO.

This startup makes carbon-neutral, high-protein pasta from fungi

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The key is using a waste product that manufacturers would normally discard: sugar-filled water from food and beverage producers, like breweries.

A rocket scientist designed a solution for your moldy strawberries

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A California-based startup is pioneering a new solution to sad greens: a thermodynamic sticker that captures condensation inside your produce box.

This startup is cleaning up the synthetic chemicals in industrial cleaning products

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Sudoc—a winner of Fast Company’s 2022 World Changing Ideas Awards—harnesses the science of biomimicry to create safer and more sustainable options for the dirtiest tasks.