The Dell Circular Economy People's Choice Award

In addition to the six award categories decided by The Circulars judging panel, there is an opportunity for the public to recognize the most inspiring and innovative early-stage circular economy business via The Dell Circular Economy People’s Choice Award.

The entry which receives the most public votes will be recognized as the People’s Choice Winner and will be presented a trophy at The Circulars 2017 ceremony at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, January 2017.

If you have any questions about any of our finalists, or would like to know more, please contact The Circulars awards team.

Recognise your favorite circular economy story.

Winners have been announced. Read their circular stories below!

  • Bioelektra Group owns and promotes the technological solution that has the ability to transform the waste management sector and enable the circular economy policies on massive scale.

    The company has developed its RotoSTERIL technology that enables the treatment of unsegregated municipal waste and recovers over 90% the fractions contained in waste. It doesn’t require separate waste collection system, still works effectively with sophisticated segregation-at-source systems as well. It also greatly reduces environmental impact. The technology is able to not only separate different and complex waste streams, but is also a source of useful by-products, such as resources like plastics, glass and metals, building materials, fertilizers and fuels for energy and heat production, each of which can be reintroduced into the value chain.

    Bioelektra is owner of first waste treatment plant utilizing RotoSTERIL technology and is in dialogue with communities from numerous countries in the world. Our goal is to show to the decision-makers, industry leaders and regular folks that technology fulfilling 100% circular economy principles in the municipal waste system is available – today.

    Bioelektra has one fully operational plant in Różanki, Poland, with a 40,000 ton per year capacity for waste processing. Following the successful implementation of their technology in this plant, the company plans to expand into new plants in 2017.

  • Black Bear brings the circular economy to tires and has developed innovative technology to extract high quality carbon black from waste tires, allowing for industries to move away from the ‘polluting’ carbon black that is currently produced from crude oil. Carbon black is used in tires and rubber, and as pigment in coatings, plastics and inks.

    Black Bear’s circular solution, which tackles the issues posed by the 1 billion end of life tries produced globally each year, has the potential to unlock a huge environmental impact. Each ton of carbon black produced by Black Bear saves 2.5 tons of oil and 5 tons of CO2. For each installation, that’s more CO2 than 1 million trees can consume. Moreover, there are enough waste tires to build over 800 installations!

    Black Bear has formed over 30 customer relationships, including ones with tire giants such as Michelin and GoodYear and paint companies such as AkzoNobel. These companies have tested the Black Bear product with good results and are incorporating it in their production processes.

    In summary, Black Bear is solving the issue of waste tires and at the same time reducing oil consumption through their circular innovative solution for carbon black users.

  • Cambrian Innovation is a biotechnology company looking to revolutionize the water and wastewater sector through technological innovations and new, circular business models.

    Cambrian’s EcoVolt solutions support the circular economy by extracting renewable resources – clean energy and clean water – from wastewater. EcoVolt solutions ensure long-term security for Cambrian’s industrial partners, a strategic necessity in the face of water supply concerns and rising treatment costs. At a facility in California, for example, an EcoVolt solution cut water consumption by over 40 percent through onsite treatment and reuse, while it generated 120 kW of renewable energy, reducing overall costs.

    Cambrian is further accelerating the adoption of its technology and the transition to the circular economy in the water and wastewater sector with a new service-based financing model called the Water-Energy Purchase Agreement (WEPA). In this model, Cambrian owns, installs, and operates EcoVolt solutions for its partners, eliminating upfront costs and alleviating capital constraints, enabling more partners to employ circular practices.

  • CRS Holland has developed a circular economy solution to a unique environmental and economic challenge hidden under the sea.

    Since 1850, an estimated 1.7 million km of cables have been installed underneath our sea, cables which are made of nearly 800.000 metric tons of metals and 800.000 metric tons of plastics, and can be worth several billion USD. Many of these cables have gone out of service and still 94% of unused cables are lying on the seabed together with 72.000 repeaters, some of which contain traces of radioactive materials. Recovering and recycling these unused cables could save over 4 million metric tons of CO2 emissions.

    CRS Holland is committed to cleaning up the oceans and to recovering this value and provide Telecom companies with deep sea cable recovery services, giving them an opportunity to turn their retired cables from liability into an asset by selling the recovered materials.

    To date, CRS Holland have completed 8 projects and recovered 18,000 km of cable from under the sea.

  • ECOR uniquely allows for an increase of the waste types that can be recycled and produces a range of truly recyclable building materials that can enable the circular economy goals of governments and corporations.

    ECOR materials are made from fiber waste resources (including paper, cardboard, agricultural waste, forest waste, textiles, spent brewers’ grains, coffee grounds, etc.) that are upcycled into advanced building materials using only water, pressure and heat. ECOR is non-toxic, VOC-free and can be stronger, lighter weight and less expensive than the traditional materials it replaces (wood, plywood, particleboard, plastics, foam, paperboard, etc.) ECOR currently operates a pilot plant, which converts 1,250 tons of waste per year, saving 21,250 trees and 3,750 cubic yards of landfill.

    ECOR facilities can be adapted to meet the needs of any manufacturer or region, using locally available cellulose fiber waste streams and in cooperation with regional stakeholders focused on taking co-responsibility and co-creating ECOR-based solutions.

    Strategic partners and customers include market leading big box retailers, grocery stores, apparel brands, beverage companies and building product manufacturers.

  • Since 2005 in the US and 2013 in the UK and EU, gDiapers have been pioneers in eco-friendly baby diapers. They offer parents the world's first Cradle to Cradle™ certified diapers allowing them to be home composted (wet ones only). The product is available in major online retailers in those three markets.

    Today gDiapers is working on the next generation of products they call gCycle: a new service that includes a 100% compostable diaper allowing childcare centres to divert 80% of their waste stream, currently made up of diapers & food waste, from landfill to valuable compost.

    In the current ‘take, make and waste’ linear process, diapers are manufactured using non-renewable oil, which is used to manufacture the polypropylene plastic that makes up 80% of a diaper. After use, diapers are sent to landfill, where they can remain for up to 500 years. Diapers are the 3rd biggest single product waste contributor to landfill globally.

    The gCycle solution replaces the oil based plastic with non-GMO corn biofilm, creating a compostable product that rather than being sent to landfill can be used to create compost, adding additional revenue streams for childcare centres. The service has been piloted in two childcares centres in Australia for the past 5 years along with additional testing in childcare centres in Vancouver, Canada.