Asia’s tech industry is in full bloom and—propelled by the green renaissance pervading nearly every industry—is now an important global hub for the development of sustainable, consumer-oriented products and services.
Whether supported and funded by local Asian governments or private/multinational investors, these game-changing ventures are building a myriad of products and services for encouraging sustainability in the face of globally diminishing resources.
Oxium creates substitute materials that replace plastic used in shopping bags, garbage bags, food trays, containers, and more. Items created from with substitute plastic eventually biodegrade under microbial conditions and costs the same as traditional plastic.
Electric car owners take note: an easy way to locate nearby charging stations has arrived. The Greenlots app allows you find charging stations around the city—perfect for visiting a new town or city in your Nissan Leaf or Tesla.
Greenway Appliances makes stoves that replace traditional Indian mud stoves (chulhas), delivering a 65% fuel savings and 70% smoke reduction—all using solid biomass fuels. The firm’s patent-pending air regulation technology reduces noxious emissions for safer, more environmentally-friendly cooking.
BeeBryte’s platform automatically calculates the best strategy to cut energy costs by analyzing data from your daily usage patterns. Its software-as-a-service offering interacts with grid-connected energy storage systems to minimize the net cost of electric service for businesses and homeowners.
Enzymes and their widespread applications have been the intense focus of environmental researchers as of late—from paper “bio-bleaching” to providing more efficient oil and gas recovery methods. Zymeratics focuses on custom-creating enzymes for a variety of uses—especially environmentally-conscious use cases.
Kawasaki, Yamaha, and Honda are legendary Japanese brands when it comes to reliable, high-performance motorcycles and scooters; Terra plans on continuing this tradition with its brand of electric scooters. Its aim is to reduce carbon emission by manufacturing sustainable electric vehicles (EVs) throughout Asia.
SAPWII has developed a water filtration called BioSand that slowly filters drinking water without the use of electricity. The solution uses low-cost, small scale filtration technology created with materials available locally—perfect for remote/rural or disenfranchised communities. BioSand doesn’t require replacement parts and can go for 30 years, maintenance free.
Green Koncepts has developed a cloud energy management platform called Energetix for tracking, monitoring, and optimizing your energy consumption patterns. The solution features powerful visualizations, advanced analytics, intelligent controls, flexible reporting tools, and more.
Indian startup Proviera develops a range of all-natural, non-toxic, fully bio-degradable replacements for common chemicals used in industrial and commercial applications (e.g., developing insititutional and household cleaning products).
Be sure to keep an eye on these rising Asian cleantech startups—their advances are bringing us closer to fixing the critical environmental issues faced by all global citizens.