Winners & Finalists

Here is the hall of fame of Green Alley Award winners and finalists. Get inspired by these outstanding and world changing ideas for a more sustainable future!

Green Alley Award winner 2019

Gelatex Technologies from Estonia blew away the audience with their innovative idea of a gelatine-based alternative to conventional leather. The jury was particularly impressed with the high level of innovation of the Gelatex Technologies product. The environmentally friendly alternative to leather is made from low-value gelatine waste from the meat and leather industries. The textile is produced without the use of toxins and is organic and biodegradable. The ability to customise the thickness and texture makes Gelatex attractive for both the textile and automotive industry.

Gelatex Technologies

Finalists: Cellugy, LivingPackets, RMF Tech, VEnvirotech, Flustix (Winner of the Crowd Award 2019)

Green Alley Award Winner 2018

Elena Dieckmann, CTO of Aeropowder with the Green Alley award trophy in her hands

Aeropowder’s unique idea was especially convincing at the Green Alley Award 2018: The startup uses waste feathers from the poultry industry to produce sustainable thermal packaging. After cleaning and treatment, the feathers are covered in a certified, compostable food grade liner. This textile is called pluumo and serves as an environmental-friendly alternative to conventional polystyrene packaging, PE-foams or thermal foil.


Finalists: Circular IQ, ecoplasteam, MIWA, refurbed, Superseven (Winner of the Crowd Award 2018)

Green Alley Award Winner 2017

In 2014, over 160 kilograms of packaging waste was generated per inhabitant in the EU, most of which was plastic. As an alternative, the Finnish startup Sulapac has invented premium eco-packaging, which is 100% biodegradable, made from wood and natural adhesives.


Finalists: Sustonable, Mimergy, Solmove, Sulfotools, Newcy

Green Alley Award Winner 2016

There is no escaping air pollution which is why the German startup Green City Solutions invented CityTree, a solar powered installation consisting of moss cultures that filters the air in cities.

Green City Solutions

Finalists: Glowee, Mimica (former Design by Sol), Das TiffinProjekt, restado, ResQ Club

Green Alley Award Winner 2015

5,000,000 tons of waste per year are generated from plasterboard offcuts, a toxic waste which is tricky to recycle, so Adaptavate from the UK developed Breathaboard, an eco-friendly alternative to plasterboard. Tom's paneling is not only made of 75 percent agricultural waste, it also regulates moisture.


Finalists: Infarm, binee, Entocycle, Votechnik, Solstrøm

Green Alley Award Winner 2014

RePack from Helsinki reduces packaging waste in e-commerce by creating a multipath system for reusable packaging. FoodLoop from Cologne uses a mobile app to tackle the vast amount of food waste – 550,000 tons annually in Germany. GreenLab Berlin recycles the waste from cocoa production into a vegan and organic fertilizer.

RePack FoodLoop GreenLab Berlin

Finalists: Pandacup,, Original Unverpackt

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