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Anisha Gupta ’19EI and Tinia Pina
Food and agriculture
What is the social or environmental issue being addressed?
Driven by waste regulations and a lack of (close to proximity) composting infrastructure, urban wholesale food distributors need to find a more sustainable and economical way to divert food waste from landfills. Small, medium, and industrial-scale growers are also seeking a reliable, high efficacy, commercial grade organic fertilizer that is cheaper and provides comparable yields to chemical alternatives.
Re-Nuble uses an inexpensive, patent-pending process to transform food waste into chemical free, organic nutrients for both soil-based and hydroponic cultivation. They then sell their fertilizer products (through partnered distributors) to growers eager to cultivate using organic inputs because of the rising demand for sustainably grown food.
Re-Nuble can provide up to 38% in food waste processing savings for wholesale food distributors within 24 hours while creating zero greenhouse gas emissions. They also provide farm customers with fertilizer products that can be 20% cheaper and produce 20% higher end-harvest yield mass while meeting the growing need to adhere to the market demand for plant-based agricultural inputs.
Re-Nuble also hopes to address inequities found in low income communities, which are often burdened by the locations of waste management facilities that create negative environmental and health externalities. By providing a modular, organic waste processing model that requires less operational footprint than typical waste management facilities, Re-Nuble can help to protect constituent health and ensure that nutrition is locally accessible and affordable without exposing the community to harmful production chemicals.
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