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• Oakland, Calif.-based Mango Materials produces biodegradable plastics from waste biogas (methane) that are economically competitive with conventional oil-based plastics. It aims to increase production to 10 million pounds of biodegradable plastic which will require 500 million cubic feet of methane that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere. All three company co-founders, including Molly Morse, chief executive officer, are women.
• Advanced water desalination and purification technology, Micro-DesalTM, developed by Wise, Va.-based Micronic Technologies can clean water from any source using a mobile, high-efficiency, low-maintenance purification system free of chemicals, filters, and membranes. The firm’s ‘tornado’ mechanical evaporation technology is well suited for removing ultra-high total dissolved solids and bacteria from agricultural runoff and mining, as well as oil and gas production and other industrial wastewater-producing operations. Karen Sorber is majority owner, chief executive officer and executive chair.
• Based in Nashville, Tenn., Stony Creek Colors is the leading U.S. manufacturer of bio-based dyes for the textile industry. Working with small farmers in the southeastern U.S., the company has developed an innovative supply chain that sustainably produces natural indigo that meets the technical and volume requirements of textile mills and fashion brands worldwide. Led by Sarah Bellos, founder and chief executive officer, the firm aims to domestically cultivate 15,000 acres of indigo in the next five years.
• Madison, Wis.-based Whole Trees Architecture & Structures takes a previously ignored waste product – non-milled, round-timber renewable cullings that are four to 21 inches in diameter – from sustainably managed forests, and engineers cost-efficient, sustainable structural systems for commercial and residential buildings. Its products, which are 50 percent stronger in bending strength than milled lumber and pound for pound stronger than steel, include straight and branched columns, beams, joists, rafters and trusses. Amelia Baxter is president and co-founder.