Every year ChangeNOW connects 1,000 concrete actions for the planet with thousands of investors, corporate decision makers, policy makers, public figures, journalists and talent.
Its goal: to accelerate the deployment of these solutions on a large scale.
Following their participation in ChangeNOW’s Summit, Slovenian startup PlanetCare, a microfiber filter solution, was invited by the French Minister for the Ecological Transition to discuss the path to achieving zero plastic pollution in the oceans. The solution was included in the anti-waste law, forcing every new washing machine sold in France after January 2025 to be fitted with a microfiber filter to stop synthetic clothes from polluting waterways, a world first.
CEO of betterSoil and the President of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification COP15 (UNCCD COP15) met during ChangeNOW 2023. Brought together by a shared vision, they have signed a cooperation agreement, marking their commitment to a more sustainable future. Their goal? To protect fertile soils, enhance soil quality, and combat desertification. Together, they aim to improve farmers’ livelihoods, preserve biodiversity, and mitigate climate change through carbon sequestration.
L’Occitane, a well-known cosmetic brand, wanted to accelerate its approach towards more virtuous consumption and, in particular, waste reduction. After meeting Jean Bouteille, a bulk solution start-up, at ChangeNOW in 2020, and after a year of working together, the companies developed a bulk distribution solution adapted to the cosmetics industry’s needs and the brand’s expectations. Deployed in 20 countries, the solution avoided millions of packaging containers.
Following their encounter at ChangeNOW 2020, French start-up Ecojoko and Veolia subsidiary, Birdz, announced in 2021 a new partnership to reduce water and energy consumption in homes and cities. The ambition is to implement the new solution in a potentiel of 3.5 million houses across France equipped with a Veolia monitor and to reduce their electricity consumption by an average of 20%, saving up to 600M KWh per year.
Following a meeting at ChangeNOW 2018, Blue Ocean Partner, a venture capital firm whose mission is to invest in innovations to regenerate ocean health, completed its first round of funding of several million euros. They subsequently join Swen Capital Partners to become the world’s largest ocean protection fund.
In 2020, FabBRICK was selected by ChangeNOW and its media partner Brut. Brut’s videos introducing the company were seen over 20 million times, a record for the media, and were followed by a second video a year later to measure FabBRICK’s very successful development in a few months. “it’s been really exponential, there have been a lot of requests” explains Clarisse Merlet, founder of FaBRICK.
Following their meeting in 2020, InovaYa supplied a water system aboard Plastic Odyssey’s ship during its three-year world tour. The goal: have zero plastic bottles on board and demonstrate that it is possible to consume differently, in a more sustainable, responsible, and ecological way. In total, more than 50,000 bottles of water will be avoided over the three years.
The first meeting occurred between Christophe Béchu (Minister of Ecological Transition), then Mayor of the city of Angers, and the Neolithe team during the ChangeNOW 2020 Summit. This fruitful exchange allowed the company to raise 20 million euros thanks to the support of Christophe Béchu and the city of Angers, as well as the Ademe in the framework of the governmental action in support of small companies committed to the ecological transition. This grant will allow the company to build its plant and deploy its first fossilizers capable of transforming waste into stone.
Notpla and ID Genève announced the upcoming launch of a home compostable packaging solution for ID Genève’s newest collection, Circular S. Pioneers of sustainability in different sectors, ID Genève and Notpla met for the first time at the ChangeNOW Summit in 2022. Sharing similar values of innovation, a collaboration to replace single-use plastic packaging in the watch industry was a significant step.
Trizzy, the first zero-waste assistant, launched a digital tool in September 2021 for the Arles agglomeration following a meeting at the 2020 Summit. Via a virtual assistant deployed for the municipality, the company now accompanies the community in a reduction of its waste and generates thousands of interactions with the inhabitants. A dozen structures of the circular economy are also listed and highlighted on the platform. “With this simple and accessible tool, we hope to raise awareness on waste reduction among as many people as possible,” explains Mandy Graillon, vice-president of ACCM (Arles Crau Camargue Montagnette), in charge of waste collection. Sorting is an essential gesture, which will be one of the major axes of our waste treatment policies.”
Melvita’s collaboration with Hipli, an eco-friendly packaging solution discovered at ChangeNOW LEX 2021, has transformed their delivery process. Customers now enjoy receiving Melvita skincare products in reusable Hipli packages, which can be effortlessly returned via La Poste mailboxes. The concept behind this initiative is to offer responsible Hipli packages that can be reused up to 100 times, significantly reducing Melvita’s environmental footprint.