Korean startups that are putting the planet first

Korean startups are emerging trendsetters in sustainable innovations against climate change war. From smart farming solutions to reducing food waste to cleaning the oceans, Korean startups are utilizing technology to overcome environmental crisis. On World Environment Day, Koreatechdesk checks out some of the promising green tech startups.

N. Thing

N.Thing’s vertical farm – CUBE.

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 your 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.

Montsenu

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.

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.

innerbottle

innerbottle
innerbottle

The startup’s packaging bottle solution ensures zero-waste. Innerbottle’s patented technology and Pressure Protection technology design for bottles allows more usage than other conventional dispensers leaving less than 2% residue. The container’s 2-layer barrier and Diffusion Barrier Effect, prevents oxidation and denaturation, keeping it safe until the final use. The technology’s 1-valve’s solution prevents contamination and is suitable for sustainable development by providing a plastic replaceable solution. The cost of recycling an Innerbottle product is cost effective. Innerbottle’s solution can be applied to any size and shape of containers and packages, maximizing package design flexibility.

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.

Vogo

Vogo
A search and rescue boat designed and built by Korean startup Vogo for ROK CG in 2012.

Shipbuilding startup Vogo has pioneered the aluminum shipbuilding market. Through its technology transfer from Sensation Yacht in New Zealand, the startup has produced aluminum patrol boats for the Navy and Coast guard. Vogo also develops a submersible line of submarines, including Korea’s first submersible capable of operating both on surface and underwater. Its eco-friendly liquid hydrogen vessels eliminate carbon fuel supply chains and make ships more environment friendly.

Oysterable

Korean startup Oysterable's smart IoT recycling solutions.
Korean startup Oysterable’s smart IoT recycling solutions.

Oysterable’s smart IoT recycling solutions involve smart waste collection and mobile applications for local governments and businesses. The smart IoT recycling bin can be opened by a mobile app allowing to recycle and earn rewards. The smart IoT recycling bins can be installed in apartment residential complex government offices, resident center, tourist attraction, hypermarket, retail stores, plaza, etc.

DamoGO

DamoGO'
Korean startup DamoGO’s app helps reduce food waste.

The startup wants to reduce food wastage through its first of its kind mobile app where any business (B2B and B2C) that sells food can gain extra revenue by giving their unsold food a second life. The social impact food startup connects consumers directly with perfectly good, unsold food from restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores, and farms’ pick-up points at half price.

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