The first Circle Awards were held on Tuesday night, with winners announced from circular economy leaders in Australia and New Zealand.
The top award — the Judge’s Award — was taken out by Good360, which prevents brand new products from going into landfill and redirects them to those who need them the most.
The awards were established by The World’s Most Rubbish (TWMR), in partnership with NSW Circular, The Bravery, and Urban List.
According to award organisers, over 200 nominations were made over the 15 categories.
Nick Hoskin, Co-Founder of TWMR and The Circle Awards, said the winners represented, “A new breed of company, they’re the pioneers of today leading the way to a more positive tomorrow for everyone.
“Finding innovative ways to demonstrate that it’s possible to not only do less bad, but to actually do more good by kicking the traditional linear take-make-waste model to the curb and instead, adopting circular practices to design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.”
Winners include Great Wrap, which makes Australia’s first and only certified home compostable cling wrap, and NZ’s Voronoi Runners (pictured) which has designed and made “a sneaker made out of 100% biodegradable materials.”
Judge Berry Liberman of Small Giants described Great Wrap as “a brilliant innovation and solves a massive problem around the use of traditional plastic wrap from domestic through to industrial applications.”
Dr Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia, said Voronoi was, “a standout example of circular design… cleverly designed so that no adhesives are used during the construction process. High design appeal in a sector that contributes to large amounts of waste.”
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The winner list for each category is below: