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Green Challenge Finalists Compete for £400,000 Prize Pot

30 August 2012

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Six finalists are named in Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

Postcode Lottery Green Challenge

Today, it's been announced that six entrepreneurs will be competing against each other on 17 September in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2012.

The six finalists will be pitching their great green business plans at the annual PICNIC event. Each hopes to win the fantastic £400,000 prize pot. The preliminary jury chose the finalists out of 509 entrants from around the world.

The six finalists include entries from New Zealand, the United States, Austria, Thailand and the Netherlands. Although there were 49 entrants from the UK – the third highest number of applications per country – the jury felt that these six entries were particularly outstanding in their aim to reduce CO2.


This year, for the first time ever, the PICNIC event will act as a preliminary event. The jury will choose three successful entrants to go on to the final. This will take place in New York on 23 September in conjunction with the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting.

Fancy finding out a little more about the finalists? Just click on their names below. The Jury is also asking people to vote for their favourite finalist on the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge Facebook page. Voters will be in with a chance of winning one of 25 copies of Richard Branson's book Screw Business as Usual.


1. Nick Gerritsen (New Zealand): CarbonScape

CarbonScape uses industrial microwave technology to transform waste biomass into high-grade alternatives to non-renewable fossil products, in turn reducing CO2 production.

2. Molly Morse (United States): Mango Materials

Mango Materials uses bacteria to convert methane into biodegradable plastic, which can be made into products that can be recycled in the same microbial process.


3. Robert Schwemmer (Austria): Naporo

Naporo turns renewable cattail plants into biodegradable building insulation that stores CO2 in the long-term, all the while cutting a building's energy use.


4. Orapin Sinamonvech (Thailand): Kokoboard

Kokoboard buys agricultural waste and processes it into low-pollution particle board – as well as eliminating the emissions from a farmer's refuse-burning, it can also increase their income.


5. Daan Weddepohl (Netherlands): Peerby BV

The Peerby App and website help to link neighbours together and rent goods between them – in turn lessening the need for new products and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.


6. Stig Westling (United States): Skip To Renew, Inc.

Skip To Renew turns algae and plant oils into non-toxic, biodegradable industrial and mechanical lubricants that act as a net sequester of CO2.