When thinking about invasive products or practices that have a negative impact on our ecosystem, we don’t necessarily think about bricks. However, bricks needs to be “fired”, creating carbon dioxide emissions in the process. This means that the 1.23 trillion bricks produced globally ever year actually lead to 800 million tons of emissions.

Back in 2010, Metropolis Magazine initiated an award called “Next Generation ‘The Big Fix’”, where contestants had to submit a proposal to grow bricks, rather than fire them. Inspired by the way coral reefs grow in the ocean, Ginger Dosier’s proposal won the award. Though a professor at the time, Dosier thought that starting a company was the best way to launch this technology into the world. Dosier took leave – unpaid – to found bioMASON in 2012. “It was difficult,” she said, “I didn’t have any training in business or finance and had to figure out a lot on my own.”

All 2014 finalists will be offered to come back to Amsterdam with their team for an intensive Green Challenge Deep Dive accelerator programme early 2015. So even if a finalist doesn't win the competition, they still get access to a world of knowledge to accelerate their business. Now all that's left is finding out who the finalists are! The preliminary jury will announce the finalists on August 13th. Stay tuned...

Simon Galico (Mexico)

Tessa Callaghan (United States)

Jose Manuel Moller (Chile)

Kevin Noertker (United States)

Emil Goosen
(The Netherlands)

Maikel Bouricius (The Netherlands)

Banyan Nation
Mani Vajipey (India)

BioCarbon Engineering
Lauren Fletcher
(United Kingdom)

Eco Wave Power
Inna Braverman (Israel)

Fresh Strips
Marios Chryssolouris
(The Netherlands)

LettUs Grow
Charlie Guy
(United Kingdom)

Rasmus Mortensen (Denmark)

My Dream Home
Kongngy Hav (Cambodia)

John Irungu (Kenya)

Adam Dixon
(United Kingdom)

César Ernesto Coasaca Apaza (Peru)

Jonne Hellgren (Finland)

Resolute Marine Energy
Olivier Ceberio (United States)

Reverse Resources
Ann Runnel (Estland/Bangladesh)

Solar Freeze
Dysmus Kisilu (Kenya)

Solar Roadways
Scott Brusaw (United States)

The Apple Girl
Hannah Michaud (Denmark)

sunew pr

The Great Bubble Barrier
Anne Marieke Eveleens
(The Netherlands)

Daphna Nissenbaum (Israel)

Mirjam de Bruijn
(The Netherlands)



Maaike Groen

In between competitions, we'd like to explore some ways to easily incorporate sustainability into our daily life. We can't all be brilliant game changing entrepreneurs, but we can certainly be interested in ways to green up our lives. And read about inspriring entrepreneurs in the mean time. Miss Green is a collection of organic timeless basic items that are always available via the internet.The company was founded in November 2008.

By: Scot Frank

Eight years ago in the Himalayas, a group of nomads, scientists, and entrepreneurs dreamt of a business that helps both people and the planet. Today, One Earth Designs creates and sells products that are already providing clean energy to thousands of people in need.

Winning the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge in 2010, and the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery and DOEN Foundation, has made our dream possible. They have enabled us to get life-saving technologies into the homes of people who would otherwise be poisoned by the smoke from burning polluting fuels for their basic energy needs.

For some, summertime equals campfires and BBQ parties. However, what counts as a luxurious and enjoyable pastime for the lucky few, is actually a serious healthhazard for most. Globally, over four million people die every year from household air pollution, mostly due to cooking over burning wood, animal dung or charcoal. To paint another grim picture of the situation, the average wood-burning stove can produce 400 cigarettes worth of smoke every hour.

We became aware of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge through 2008 winner, Eben Bayer back in 2010 when we first started brick growing experiments. We have watched his and Ecovatives success continue and knew that when we were ready as a business, we were going to apply. In January 2013, we at bioMASON sat down and made a goal to enter this year with 7 months to prepare for the July 17th deadline.

It is hard to believe a month has passed since we were in Amsterdam, celebrating a big win with newfound friends. The week was highly planned for the participants, which calmed a lot of initial nerves. We felt as though we were part of a larger family together with the PLGC team, the other finalists, previous winners and the highly esteemed jury.

By: Max Christern, host of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge
Screw it, just do it. Those were the last words Richard Branson spoke when I interviewed him on stage while hosting the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013 in Amsterdam recently. And if I had to summarize what he said during the nineteen minutes before we ended our talk it more or less comes down to this same phrase: Screw it, just do it. The five finalists who made it to this year’s final of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge can learn from that.

Blogpost by long-time jury member Marty Pickett of the Rocky Mountain Institute

Want to be inspired? Need some optimism about our ability to kick the carbon emissions habit? Wonder if there are any new, innovative ideas that could create real change?

I just had a healthy dose of inspiration and hope for the future. It’s been an exciting couple of days in Amsterdam where I served for my fourth year as a juror in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge .

Ginger Dosier wins EUR 500,000!

Ginger Dosier of the United States has won the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2013. The jury, chaired by Richard Branson, awarded her €500,000 today at the final in Amsterdam to realise her green business plan. The jury chose Dosier for her company BioMason’s CO2-free brick production process. BioMason uses bacteria to ‘grow’ bricks out of readily available materials such as sand. The bricks compare favourably with traditional fired clay ones, whose manufacturing releases copious greenhouse gas emissions. Dutchmen Wolbert Allaart and Patrick Heuts were both awarded with a €100,000 runner-up prize for their green plans.