The best green innovations of 2018: VOTE for your favourite

From flying taxis and hydrogen-powered HGVs, to seaweed sachets and plastic-eating enzymes, edie rounds up 10 of 2018's biggest green innovations - but which was your favourite?

It has undeniably been a busy year for green innovations within both the public and private sectors, with new ideas, concepts, products and systems that could help nations and businesses accelerate sustainability commitments emerging every day. 

In July, the UK Government announced £22m of funding for a host of “world-leading” battery storage projects under its Faraday Challenge. Since then, it has committed £36m for new technology that will enable building materials to generate, store and release clean energy; £1m for disruptive plastics firm Polymateria and £20m for carbon capture, usage and storage technologies. 

And businesses have also ramped up their ambitions on the innovation front. From Marks & Spencer launching a digital traceability map and The North Face piloting ‘climate-positive’ wool, to Carlsberg’s waterfall-powered pub and Diageo’s edible straws– technology is now at the heart of the green industrial revolution. 

But what about the pre-commercial ideas? The innovators with the products that could disrupt entire markets and take corporate sustainability to a new level? After all, if we are to limit global temperature increases to 1.5C – a feat the IPCC claims we only have 12 years left to achieve – we will need new innovations to be scaled up. 

With that in mind, edie has rounded up some of the standout innovations that have featured in our ‘green innovation of the week‘ round-ups throughout 2018. 

Scroll through the list below and select your favourite by clicking the ‘Vote’ button on the right of the innovation.




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