Thomas Pedersen from Denmark is one of the five finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. His interest in composite materials started with a young boy’s interest in creating surfboards back in the 1980s. It was an age dominated by conventional production methods and with a limited focus on sustainable products.

Leila Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource, an international social enterprise that connects marginalised people in Kenya, Uganda and India to digital work. Having served on the jury of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2013, this year she’s chairing it.

Jan Maarten Kloosterman works at the Events Department of the Postcode Lottery in the Netherlands. He is project leader of the organisation of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge grand final in September in Amsterdam. We talked to him about what’s involved in organising a high level sustainable event like this.

Late 2015, bioartist and Postcode Lottery Green Challenge nominee Jalila Essaïdi was approached by the agricultural sector of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. She was asked to think about a solution for the surplus cow manure that seriously threatens our environment and health. Jalila and her team came up with an invention that they called Mestic®, an amalgamation of the Dutch word ‘mest’ (manure) and plastic.

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