Using food waste to make a resource negative cleaning product - with Amanda Weeks of Ambrosia
Amanda is CEO and co-founder of Ambrosia, a New York-based company that combines waste management with closed-loop manufacturing. They noted that the largest component of food waste is water and that inside the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted globally each year is 45 trillion gallons of water. So, using their specialised biorefining process, they take food waste, recover the water and upcycle the residual components into an array of products.
Ambrosia is currently launching their first product, Veles - a multi purpose cleaner made with ingredients derived entirely from waste materials. They are able to say it is the world’s first closed-loop cleaning product and that it is actually resource negative, which is quite amazing.
We really delve into the fascinating and creative approach Ambrosia are taking to address our massive food waste problem. The conversation covers loads of areas, including:
- How the idea to takle food waste in this way started
- Issues getting funding
- How the first product has been brought to market
- The accidental discovery that lead directly to Veles
- The types of food waste they are able to treat
- The costs involved in making a truly ethical cleaning product
- How they could partner with other producers to reduce the impact of their products
To look into Ambrosia, the cleaning product Veles, and the issues discussed in the episode in more detail have a look at the following: