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Companies helping to create a more sustainable future can be exciting too. And to prove it, we’ve highlighted the ones below, which are doing everything from using human energy to re-charge gym equipment to helping consumers monitor and reduce their carbon footprint.
You’ve heard of ‘sweat equity’ – but not this kind. Birmingham-based Energym is on a mission to help gyms reduce their energy costs and become self-sustainable to achieve zero carbon status. How? By retrofitting existing (or providing new) equipment fitted with its patented battery and charging tech, which allows the energy generated by humans to be re-used. One spin class of 30 people, for example, could power a home for 24 hours. The company is complementing its innovative tech with a smartphone app called Gymcoin that monitors gym-goers’ individual fitness levels and provides accurate workout data, rewarding members for clean energy generation in the process.
Oxwash has developed a clever kind of low-impact ‘space-age’ tech (their words, not ours) that washes your clothes with net-zero carbon emissions. The company sends out a fleet of cargo bikes and dedicated riders, Deliveroo-style, to collect items from a business or residential property before washing and returning them. The company uses Ozone, a high-tech technology used to sterilise surgical equipment in hospitals that makes it efficient at eliminating the Covid-19 virus. Based in Oxford having expanded to Cambridge, the laundry wizards are set to launch in London this year.