Pluumo

Sustainable thermal insulation for food deliveries, all thanks to feathers.

pluumo is a unique thermal insulation material for food deliveries that is created from surplus feathers.

Use Case

An increasing number of fresh food deliveries reflects out changing methods of food consumption. Our users would be companies that need to delivery food via postage/courier to end consumers. For the contents to survive overnight without spoilage, then thermal insulation is required. Two pluumo liners would be used per delivery box, and the food items placed inside along with coolants. The box would then be sealed, and can be transported to the end user with the confidence that they internal contents would still be fresh.

Potential

Huge quantities of surplus feathers are generated each day (in the UK alone, 1000 tonnes a week). We have calculated that 3.1 billion standard sized delivery boxes could be created using pluumo from the feathers in the EU per year, replacing polystyrene that would otherwise be found in these boxes. This would have a significant 1 million tonnes of polystyrene. impact in the environmental pollution that is traditionally generated by such delivery units, equating to around . Equally, having access to a locally produced, sustainable insulation material (as feathers can be found in most locations) will enable millions of people to consume food in a safer manner.

Business Case

Our concept replies on creating value from surplus feathers that are produced from the poultry industry. We aim to receive these feathers (potential paying a small fee to incentivise the poultry processors) and then convert them into higher value thermal insulation units. These can be sold directly B2B to customers, or via distributors to widen our potential revenue. We aim to sell boxes around £4 each, with mass manufacturing unit costs if around £2.20. We already have a first customer (an organic butcher) who is purchasing pluumo liners for deliveries. In the future, we would aim to license this technology out around the world, enabling sustainable insulation products to be made wherever there are feathers.

Objectives:

  1. To reduce the environmental impact of thermal packaging used in food deliveries.
  2. To find a new value for poultry feather waste, a major by-product of the food industry.
  3. To inspire other companies and organisations to find better uses of their 'unseen' waste.

Team AEROPOWDER

LONDON, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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Our Mission

AEROPOWDER is dedicated to creating sustainable materials and promoting the circular economy. We strive to highlight the 'hidden' waste generated in society have focused our attention on waste feathers generated by the poultry industry. We use these feathers to create sustainable insulation materials that can be used to protect food during deliveries instead of polystyrene, which has a devastating effect on the environment.

Our Background

We feel passionately about sustainablility. We have entered this challenge to help solve issues with feeding a growing population and protecting the food that we consume! Dr. Robinson (CEO) has a PhD from Imperial College London (ICL) and a background in air pollution. Miss Dieckmann (CTO) is studying feathers for a PhD at ICL. As a young mother, finding sustainable solutions for the future is her mission. Prof. Cheeseman at ICL has decades of experience in waste management.

Our Team

Our Mission

AEROPOWDER is dedicated to creating sustainable materials and promoting the circular economy. We strive to highlight the 'hidden' waste generated in society have focused our attention on waste ...Read More

Our Background

We feel passionately about sustainablility. We have entered this challenge to help solve issues with feeding a growing population and protecting the food that we consume! Dr. Robinson ...Read More

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