Anyone who has undergone a big decluttering project in their home knows that clothes are often a big thing that gets thrown out the door. Lots of clothes are donated, but even then millions of tons of trash are generated from old clothes every year.
It’s there that Alina bassi intervenes. His company, Kledierly, can recycle old clothes and other textile waste and turn them into new, sustainable materials. His goal ? To replace petroleum-based plastics with his company’s products. She has quite a bit of experience turning waste into new products – she’s a veteran of two companies, Bio-Bean and Kaffeform, which have taken old coffee grounds and turned them into new products.
Bassi is just one of the stars of this year Forbes Europe 30 Under 30 Manufacturing and Industry List, which features young people working on projects ranging from modular housing to biomaterials and road wind turbines.
Like Bassi, several members of the list this year are focused on producing more sustainable products. There are Dimitrios Terzis, whose company MeduSoil produces durable building materials that can resist erosion and other natural hazards. And Ellenor mcintosh, whose company Twipes produces wet wipes that degrade very quickly when rinsed, helping to prevent “fatbergs” from forming in sewage systems that can cost millions to remove.
Sustainable energy production is also an area where less than 30 listmakers are doing remarkable things. For example, Nolan Gray, SVEA Solar, which supplies solar power and also manufactures solar panels, batteries and more. He recently partnered with Ikea to develop his business. There is also Kerem Deveci and Sarp Papatya, for which the company DeveciTech builds wind turbines that can be placed in the medians of highways, generating electricity from the moving air formed by the passage of cars.
In addition to advancing sustainability, the under 30s on this list also make manufacturing more efficient. To take Martin Varès, whose company Fractory allows companies to upload CAD files to its platform and get an instant manufacturing quote from its list of pre-approved partners. Then there is Matthias Auf der Mauer and Maximilian von During, whose AiSight company uses sensors and machine learning to quickly detect machine problems, making maintenance easier and reducing repair time and costs.
It’s not just the traditional industry getting a facelift with these under 30 listings – construction companies are being pushed forward as well. To take Joseph daniels, whose company Project Etopia builds large-scale residential complexes that respect the environment. Then there is Oumar Ahmed, whose company XYZ Reality produces an augmented reality device that allows construction workers to use 3D holograms instead of 2D blueprints to guide the construction process, speed up schedules and reduce errors.
This is just a small sample of the innovative young minds on this year’s list. For the complete list of Manufacturing & Industry 30 Under 30 Europe, see the full list here.
The Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe Industry list was created using nominations from various sources. The judges in this category were Michael sorkin, co-founder of iGo3D; Francois Chopard, CEO of Starburst Aerospace; and Lidiya Dervicheva, Partner of Next47. Thank you to everyone who nominated candidates.