88

88

YRS

888

888

DAYS

88

88

HRS

:

88

88

MIN

:

88

88

SEC

Cow-free milk wins The Liveability Challenge 2020

8

July 2020

The winner of The Liveability Challenge 2020, cell-based milk producer TurtleTree Labs. Left-to-right: Max Rye and Fengru Lin of TurtleTree Labs, and Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity. The coronavirus pandemic meant the event was held virtually this year. Image: Eco-Business

Republished from Eco-Business: Original article here.

An alternative to milk produced by cows has won the 2020 edition of The Liveability Challenge, an annual search for solutions to some of the biggest problems Southeast Asia’s cities face, organised by Eco-Business.

The innovative lab-grown milk concept, developed by Singapore-based biotechnology company TurtleTree Labs, emerged the winner in a field of six finalists from a field of more than 400 entries from 60 countries.

The company’s cell-based milk avoids the climate impact and animal welfare issues the $700 billion industrial dairy industry is associated with.

TurtleTree Labs will receive up to S$1 million (US$734,000) in funding for their project from the backer of The Liveability Challenge, Temasek Foundation, the philanthropic arm of government investment company Temasek.

Christina Lee, founder and CEO of sustainability consultancy Global Green Connect, and one of the judges, commented: “Cell-based products are well suited for an urban setting [like Singapore]. TurtleTree Labs has done a great job of scaling the product and making it price-competitive. Even if it wins one per cent share of the global dairy industry, it will have made a big environmental impact,” she said.

The themes for this year’s Challenge, which was convened by circular economy investment firm Closed Loop Partners, were urban food production, circular packaging and decarbonisation.

The winning concept was chosen ahead of shortlisted solutions including a plant-based milk made from Bambara groundnuts, cell-based seafood, proteins made by fermented methane, packaging film and apparel made from milk waste, and a replacement for plastic film wrap made from crustacean shells.

TLC2020 finalists. Clockwise from top-left: Mark Lim and Janelle Limqueco of Singapore plant-based milk firm NamZ; Professor William Chen, Karan Cheah and Herbin Chia of Nanyang Technological University, which produced Alterpacks, a film wrap made from crustacean shells; Max Rye and Fengru Lin of TurtleTree Labs; Dr Sandya Sriram of Shiok Meats, maker of cell-based seafood; Dr Ezhil Subbian of India-based alternative protein firm String Bio; Robert Luo of Mi Terro, a biodegradable packaging firm. Image: Eco-Business

A number of other prizes were awarded to the finalists. Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU), which produced the alternative film wrap made from shrimp shells, won a place on an accelerator programme with Global Green Connect, and a mentorship opportunity with Closed Looped Partners.

NTU’s Alterpacks concept won the popular vote among viewers of The Liveability Challenge on the Zoom webinar platform, coming out ahead of TurtleTree Labs, which was the second most popular solution.

India-based String Bio, which converts methane gas into monomers that can be used to make biodegradable plastics, was awarded a one-year venture building package at The Circularity Studio.

TurtleTree Labs also won a S$100,000 investment, introductions to at least 10 impact investors with mentoring, and a spot on a leading accelerator programme with Planet Rise.

One of the finalists, American firm Galy, which produces lab-grown cotton from plant stem cells, withdrew from the competition. It would have needed to conduct some of its business in Singapore, and the company felt that the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic would have made that difficult.

Last year’s The Liveability Challenge winner was a meat protein substitute made with microalgae developed by Sophie’s Kitchen, a California-based sustainable protein firm. In 2018, the inaugural year of the Challenge, Singapore-based RWDC Industries won with a material made from plant-based oil to replace single-use plastic.

News Archive.

14
July 2020
Food & Beverage Asia
11
July 2020
The Jakarta Post
8
July 2020
The Straits Times
26
May 2020
Seven finalists to compete in The Liveability Challenge 2020
22
May 2020
Seven finalists for The Liveability Challenge 2020 Grand Finale unveiled
6
April 2020
COVID-19 Advisory
28
January 2020
The MONEY FM 89.3
20
January 2020
Asia Pacific Food Industry
Which sustainability solutions are most needed to save Southeast Asia’s cities?
15
January 2020
The Leadership Post
15
January 2020
Indvstrvs
15
January 2020
Lianhe Zaobao
14
June 2019
Indvstrvs
12
June 2019
The MONEY FM 89.3
9
June 2019
CNA 938
9
June 2019
Today Online
8
June 2019
The Straits Times
7
June 2019
The Straits Times
7
June 2019
Sustainable plant protein wins The Liveability Challenge 2019
7
June 2019
New Fortune Times
23
May 2019
Witness the showdown at The Liveability Challenge 2019 Grand Finale
8
May 2019
Finalists unveiled for The Liveability Challenge 2019
6
May 2019
Finalists for The Liveability Challenge 2019 Grand Finale unveiled
12
January 2019
The Straits Times
11
January 2019
Lianhe Zaobao
11
January 2019
Xinhua News
10
January 2019
New Fortune Times
8
August 2018
The Borneo Post
7
August 2018
Bernama.com
25
July 2018
TRIA
16
July 2018
TLC Winner Announced
13
July 2018
The SQ Feed
13
July 2018
The Star Malaysia
12
July 2018
Sustainable Energy Association of Singapore
11
July 2018
The Ridge Magazine
11
July 2018
The Edge Singapore
17
April 2018
The New Paper
6
April 2018
The Straits Times
5
April 2018
First-ever Liveability Challenge offers up to S$1m for game-changing urban innovations

Partners.

Strategic Partners
Challenge Partners
Outreach Partners
Communications Partner
Community Partner
Become a partner
We're looking for partners. Join The Liveability Challenge partner network to help us spread the word and find solutions for a more liveable, sustainable Asia.