1. Melati and Isabel Wijsen who set up Bye Bye Plastic Bags
2. Sammie Vance with her recycled plastic buddy benches
3. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu who set up soleRebels designing shoes from old tyres
4. Ryan Hickman, age 9 runs his own recycling company
5. Aaron Westbrook 3D prints prosthetic limbs from recycled plastic
6. Anna Bullus who set up Gumdrop ltd making shoes with pink soles from recycled gum
7. Esther Bird campaigned to stop single-use plastics being used at her school
8. Julia Bray, Ashton Cofer and Luke and Natalie Clay converted styrofoam cups into activated carbon
9. Zymal Umer set up Zee Bags to make gift bags from recycled newspaper
10. Amy and Ella Meek from Kids Against Plastic campaign to help families, cafes and councils to be ‘Plastic Clever’
So inspiring to see so many kids taking the initiative, the future’s looking greener everyone! 👍🏽
On Thursday 7th July we took Whizz Pop Bang to London for the Guardian Small Business Showcase Awards evening, as finalists in the home business innovation category for 2016. The event was held upstairs at The Lighterman Bar in London’s redeveloped King Cross area, a fitting venue for start-ups and new businesses to be celebrating growth and ingenuity. As soon as we arrived we could feel the energy and buzzing enthusiasm from the entrepreneurs and small business owners selected from thousands, down to just 18 businesses across six categories.
Whizz Pop Bang was a finalist in the home business innovation category along with Longcroft Luxury Cat Hotel and Spice Kitchen.
The winner that night was Longcroft, who after six years in business now have franchises across the UK for cat-lovers wanting to work from home. Congratulations to the team at Longcroft, we wish you every success and it was great to meet you.
Despite not winning, we are so proud to have been shortlisted as finalists in less than a year of setting up Whizz Pop Bang. So, here’s to the future of awesomely amazing science for kids!