Submitted by: Katerva
Posted: Apr 09, 2014 – 07:27 PM EST
NEW YORK, Apr. 09 /CSRwire/ - People's Choice Award Winner: HealthPhone
People’s Choice Honorable Mention: 50 Million Missing Campaign
MBA Polymers is the winner of the 2013 Katerva Award. MBA Polymers has developed breakthrough separations technology and has grown to what is now the world’s primary company recovering plastic from large complex waste streams such as end-of-life computers, electronics, appliances, automobiles and most recently household waste. MBA has over 300 million pounds/year of processing capacity to turn waste into high performance plastics. MBA works with some of the largest manufacturers in the world to close-the-loop by replacing virgin plastics with MBA plastics in their new products. MBA Polymers (see www.mbapolymers.com/home) headquarters is located in the United Kingdom.
The Katerva Award is the highest global sustainability recognition, and has been referred to as the Nobel Prize of Sustainability. This year’s Katerva Award winner was chosen from 50 competitive finalists, the top five-ranked projects in each of ten award categories.
According to Terry Waghorn, founder and CEO of Katerva, “Today's challenges overwhelm conventional approaches. They require breakthrough and disruptive innovation and the ability to scale rapidly. Katerva is designed to do just that—to catalyze and accelerate breakthrough solutions.”
The 2013 Katerva People's Choice Award winner is:
HealthPhone (www.healthphone.org) HealthPhone UNICEF’s Ammaji Channel is a personal video reference library and guide to better health and nutrition practices, for families and communities, pre-loaded on a US$3 microSD memory card to insert in their basic mobile feature phones. This gives them direct access to knowledge to learn, share, educate and exactly at the time when they need to deal with a health problem, where they are, and as they are, without a connection or cost.
Honorable Mention goes to 50 Million Missing Campaign (www.genderbytes.wordpress.com) The 50 Million Missing Campaign is a fund-free, grassroots, global campaign to end the ongoing female genocide in India. It was founded by author and gender activist, Rita Banerji, in 2006.
The 10 2013 Katerva Award Category Winners are:
Behavioral Change: Kiva U (www.kiva.org/do-more/kivau/intro)
Economy: Bolsa Verde do Rio de Janeiro (www.bvrio.org)
Ecosystem Conservation: Bycatch (www.bycatch.org)
Energy & Power: Aquion Energy (www.aquionenergy.com)
Food Security: Practical Action (www.practicalaction.org)
Gender Equality: WE CARE Solar (www.wecaresolar.org)
Human Development: Solar Ear International (www.solarearinternational.wordpress.com)
Materials & Resources: MBA Polymers (Katerva Grand Prize Award Winner, see description above).
Transportation: MIT City Car (cities.media.mit.edu)
Urban Design: ARCHIVE Global (www.archiveglobal.org)
The Katerva Awards recognizes innovations with the greatest potential to advance the planet toward sustainability. Katerva Award Winners receive substantial legal, business and operational support from the distinguished companies and individuals of the Katerva Winners’ Circle, helping them to cross the bridge from innovation to solution.
Katerva's mission is to identify and accelerate the spread of the world’s most promising disruptive innovations. www.katerva.net