Editor’s note: Coinciding with the global observances of Earth Day on Wednesday, ExitEventEditor Laura Baverman put together an impressive roundup of 25 earth-friendly startups – and investors – in the Triangle.

The Triangle proves to be a hotbed for startups and entrepreneurs who care about the environment.

We found it only fitting to celebrate Earth Day by celebrating the local startups helping us be environmentally-friendly every day. Check out this impressive list of companies and entrepreneurs making an impact in the Triangle and far beyond with materials, technologies and products that make the world better.”


  • JouleBug

When recycling and healthy living becomes a game, more people engage in it. At least that’s what the app company JouleBug has found in the years since launch. The Raleigh and San Francisco based startup works with universities and communities to create sustainability challenges and engagement among students or residents using a freemium version of the app.

  • CompostNow

A community compost shuttle, CompostNow, offers home, office or restaurant delivery of composting bins, regular pick-up of composted material and delivery of soil to be used in home or community gardens. Available today in the Triangle and Asheville, the company is planning expansion to Charlotte, and potentially other markets. A counter on its website says its kept more than 437,000 pounds of organic waste from entering a landfill since launch in 2010. Other startup options for local composting include Tilthy Rich (in Durham) and Food FWD (Triangle-wide).

  • Smart Metals Recycling

Founded in Durham in 2013 by a Duke University student looking for a better way to recycle electronic waste, Smart Metals Recycling now operates a facility in Statesville, NC that collects, disassembles and recycles 100 percent of electronic items that come through its doors. It also hosts electronic waste recycling campaigns at schools, businesses and cities and towns through RecycleOn.

For more, including videos and additional links, read the full story at: http://exitevent.com/article/25-earth-friendly-startups-to-watch-150422

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