Tamara: Plastic foam boxes are the go-to packaging solution for temperature-sensitive goods, yet these boxes are always breaking, ending up as small plastic beads that blow out to sea and pollute our oceans. Meanwhile, nature has been keeping coconuts cool for years with tough, insulative husks. But after the coconuts are harvested, the husks are burned as waste, emitting tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. Fortuna Cools seeks to replace plastic foam once and for all with upcycled coconut fiber insulation.
Ryan: Thank you so much for having me today, Spiffy! Virtualahan is a social enterprise that eliminates employment barriers for people with disabilities, former sex workers, drug addicts, persons in jail, indigenous people, and other disadvantaged communities who are socially excluded in the workplace. We do this through online training, remote work, life-coaching, and community-building using cost-effective and transferrable social technology.
Laurence: So, at Green Impact Global, we have two key missions. The first is to reverse the negative impacts of CO2 emissions generated by businesses and individuals that worsen climate change. Our second mission is to increase forest coverage in the Philippines, where total forest coverage has dropped to 23%!