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Zero Waste Scotland grant supports ‘carbon negative’ firm

A Scottish company making ‘carbon negative’ insulation is the latest firm to receive a share of £8m funding for circular economy businesses administered by Zero Waste Scotland.

18 Aug 20

IndiNature uses 100 per cent natural materials to create eco-friendly insulation for homes and commercial properties with finished products deemed carbon negative as they absorb more carbon than the emissions produced to manufacture them. 

The inventive Borders firm claims that its products can reduce the average new Scottish home’s carbon footprint by 4.4 tonnes.

IndiNature has just been awarded an £803,000 grant from the Circular Economy Investment Fund (CEIF), administered by Zero Waste Scotland and supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to invest in innovative circular businesses to reduce carbon emissions, attract further investment and create jobs across Scotland. The grant is the 50th awarded from the Circular Economy Investment Fund overall and takes the total sum of investment to more than £8m.

The award will help IndiNature fund a new factory due to open next year which will create 30 local jobs in the Scottish Borders. By about 2050 the site is forecast to have had the same impact on addressing the climate crisis as planting more than 5 million trees. 

Jane Stewart, who was recently appointed as chair of the CEIF, said IndiNature was a leading example of how Scottish firms were already doing business differently to help overcome the coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis by ‘Building Back Better’.

She said: “IndiNature is a fantastic example of a company that has embedded circular economy principles throughout its operations – from its raw material to its manufacturing process and right through to second life opportunities for its products.

“The company is working proof that, even in challenging times, circular economy business models can have benefits for the environment and the wider economy as part of the new Green Recovery whilst also making good business sense with positive financial impact for business individually and collectively.”

Scott Simpson, CEO of IndiNature, said: “IndiNature has industrial-scale solutions for the three biggest environmental challenges in the construction industry: resources, carbon and waste. By using renewable natural resources, a net storage of carbon and a circular product with no waste, IndiNature helps developers construct healthy buildings which are good for the planet. 

“With the support of the CEIF, we are proud to be able to provide local manufacturing jobs and support local farm suppliers in rural economies. This fund has been critical to support businesses like ours taking innovation risks in order to make positive impacts on communities and the planet.”

Zero Waste Scotland is a national expert in the circular economy, which is a key solution to help end the climate crisis by making sure businesses and consumers live and work within the planet’s limited natural resources. 

Around four fifths (80 per cent) of Scotland’s carbon footprint comes from the goods, materials and services which we produce, use and often throw out after just one use. This is the single greatest cause of the climate crisis. 

The circular economy is an alternative to traditional linear economies, where items are used and disposed, by keeping goods and materials in a loop of use for as long as possible through reducing, reusing, repairing, remaking and recycling.

Zero Waste Scotland continues to invest, through grant funding, in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are helping to drive the circular economy in Scotland. With a strong pipeline of applications, the Circular Economy Investment Fund will remain open until 31 December 2022. 

Ms Stewart is urging businesses considering their resources, value chains and future growth as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic to contact Zero Waste Scotland to examine opportunities available through the Circular Economy Investment Fund.

Ms Stewart said: “Our society, economies and supply chains have been massively disrupted and constrained as a result of coronavirus. However, constraints can lead to innovation, creativity and opportunity. We are at a unique moment in time, and it is essential that all leaders embrace opportunities to positively impact climate change. 

“It’s fantastic that we have been able to support so many businesses so far, and we can help at a time when many more will be examining their operating models. I would urge SMEs to get in touch with Zero Waste Scotland for support unlocking funding for innovative projects that can help drive Scotland’s circular economy.”

Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.

For more information about the Circular Economy Investment Fund visit www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/circular-economy/investment-fund 



Notes For Editors

About Zero Waste Scotland

Zero Waste Scotland exists to lead Scotland to use products and resources responsibly, focusing on where we can have the greatest impact on climate change.  

Using evidence and insight, our goal is to inform policy, and motivate individuals and businesses to embrace the environmental, economic, and social benefits of a circular economy.  

We are a not-for-profit environmental organisation, funded by the Scottish Government and European Regional Development Fund.

More information on all Zero Waste Scotland’s programmes can be found at https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/. You can also keep up to date with the latest from Zero Waste Scotland via our social media channels - Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn

The Scottish Government is the Managing Authority for the European Structural Funds 2014-20 Programme. For further information visit our website or follow @scotgovESIF.

About Jane Stewart

Ms Stewart has a depth of experience having held board level roles in private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and industry establishing and building high growth businesses at scale across sectors from technology to recycling and environmental services. 

She spent several years as investor director of a mid-market public equity fund before joining William Tracey Group as group finance director, then strategy director. Ms Stewart currently works with a portfolio of businesses as chair and non-executive director including Topolytics and IFB. In addition, Ms Stewart is an ambassador for Women’s Enterprise Scotland.

About IndiNature 

IndiNature is an exciting new company manufacturing 100% natural fibre construction insulation – made from biotech materials and traditional local crops including industrial hemp. Products include loft rolls, flexible batts and thermal and acoustic insulating boards – for any type of building. Unlike competitor products, they are plastic and toxin free – which means no waste because materials can be easily reprocessed into the same products in the factory or in the worst case composted right on a construction site to make landscape soil. 

IndiNature products also reverse climate change because the bio-based products capture more carbon than the amount needed to make them – which means an average new home can reduce its carbon footprint by 4.4 tonnes. IndiNature’s high capacity FibreWorks factory is being built in the Scottish Borders and will open after June 2021 – bringing 30 direct jobs to the rural area. Over thirty years each factory will be able to capture as much carbon as planting 5,200,258 trees. 

Renewable natural resources, no plastics and no toxins means buildings are healthy for people and the planet – and with IndiNature’s insulation pulling CO2 from the air, buildings actually become carbon sinks. 

IndiNature has been awarded an £803,000 grant from the Circular Economy Investment Fund.

More information about IndiNature can be found at www.indinature.co, on Twitter @IndiNatureCo and on LinkedIn @IndiNature 

Media contact is Scott Simpson, CEO. Mobile 07866 072 985. Email scott@indinature.co



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e: harriet.brace@zerowastescotland.org.uk

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