41 episodes

Green pioneers with bold ideas! Each episode brings an interview with visionary ecopreneurs and innovators who are building businesses and taking action to help solve the climate and nature crises. From cutting-edge technology to revolutionary thinking, our guests are actively tackling our biggest environmental challenges. Join us in discovering the stories of these changemakers as we hope to inspire even more people to take action.

If you are interested in being a guest connect with me at www.linkedin.com/in/robwreg

Innovate Eco Rob Wreglesworth

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 7 Ratings

Green pioneers with bold ideas! Each episode brings an interview with visionary ecopreneurs and innovators who are building businesses and taking action to help solve the climate and nature crises. From cutting-edge technology to revolutionary thinking, our guests are actively tackling our biggest environmental challenges. Join us in discovering the stories of these changemakers as we hope to inspire even more people to take action.

If you are interested in being a guest connect with me at www.linkedin.com/in/robwreg

    40 - Radically Ecological Sneakers - Mikael Hietala, Earthbound Sneakers

    40 - Radically Ecological Sneakers - Mikael Hietala, Earthbound Sneakers

    In this episode, I chat to Mikael Hietala the sustainability officer at Croatian startup Earthbound Sneakers. Earthbound (Croatia's first B-Corp) is tackling the many issues caused by fast fashion by creating truly stylish and comfortable shoes.



    In this episode, we talk about the issues with fast fashion as well as a wide range of topics from growing a business in a de-growth world, why big brands find it hard to adapt, why its important to still create things people find cool and stylish (not just sustainable), carbon tunnel vision, the power of being an intrapreneur and innovating within a company and much more!



    Mikael's book recommendation:

    Capital in the Anthropocene - Kohei Saito



    To learn more about Earthbound head to their website here.

    • 49 min
    39 - Using Drones To Restore Mangroves - Cameron Dowd, Inverto

    39 - Using Drones To Restore Mangroves - Cameron Dowd, Inverto

    In this weeks episode I speak to Cameron Dowd, co-founder and CTO of Inverto, a startup who are connecting businesses with local communities to plan, plant and monitor coastal ecosystems at scale.



    We talk about all sorts in this episode from Cameron's background in robotics, his work flying drone medical suppliy deliveries in Tanzania, why we shouldn't get 'carbon tunnel vision', the amazing uses of mangroves and why they are so important and his ecopreneur journey so far.



    To find out more about Inverto head to www.inverto.earth

    • 1 hr 12 min
    38 - Virtual Reality & Games To Visualise a Greener Future - Lindy Damen, EVRgreen Studio

    38 - Virtual Reality & Games To Visualise a Greener Future - Lindy Damen, EVRgreen Studio

    In this week's episode, I speak to Lindy Damen founder and CEO of EVRgreen Studio. A gaming company designing bespoke games for sustainability.



    We cover all sorts of topics including:




    How an early connection with nature and MS Paint started the journey
    The potential power of gaming for behaviour change
    How different types of games can connect with different types of audience
    How there is never a 'right time' to start a company
    The decision to bootstrap rather than get investment



    Links to things we talk about:



    Among Trees

    Pollinator Park VR

    Post Growth Entrepeneurship

    A Short History of Nearly Everything - Bill Bryson

    • 1 hr 7 min
    37 - 1.5 Million Rangers by 2030 - Unlocking the Potential of Nature's Stewards to Provide Nature Based Solutions for Businesses - Jamie McCallum, Force for Nature

    37 - 1.5 Million Rangers by 2030 - Unlocking the Potential of Nature's Stewards to Provide Nature Based Solutions for Businesses - Jamie McCallum, Force for Nature

    In this episode, I sit down with Jamie McCallum, the founder of Force For Nature. With experience in F1 marketing and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Jamie combines this experience to bring a new perspective to driving private funding into nature projects.

    Jamie is the founder of Force For Nature, which aims to empower Rangers, the unsung heroes who work as park wardens, foresters, community scouts, and indigenous guardians. Despite their critical role in delivering nature-based solutions aligned with the UN's 30x30 targets, many Rangers face challenges such as inadequate staff numbers, pay, equipment, and training.

    Through strategic business partnerships, Force For Nature provides Rangers with the critical training, earned income, and improved status they need to excel as guardians of our planet's natural resources. In this episode, we explore Jamie's journey, Force For Nature's innovative approach, and the transformative impact their work is having on both Rangers and the natural world they protect.



    Find out more about Force For Nature by going to



    Their website

    Instagram

    LinkedIn

    • 1 hr 5 min
    36 - Sensors in the Sea - Designing Tech Solutions For Sustainable Oceans - Dan Watson, SafetyNet Technologies

    36 - Sensors in the Sea - Designing Tech Solutions For Sustainable Oceans - Dan Watson, SafetyNet Technologies

    In this episode, I speak to Dan Watson, a multiple award-winning Product Design Engineer and the Global Winner of the 2012 James Dyson Award for design engineering. Dan's outstanding work earned him seed funding from Sir Richard Branson, leading him to establish SafetyNet Technologies, where he now serves as the CEO.

    At SafetyNet, Dan and his team are working closely with the fishing industry to design accessible and effective precision fishing tools that are helping to keep our oceans healthy and thriving. By reducing bycatch and minimising the environmental impact of fishing, precision fishing plays a vital role in protecting marine biodiversity and ensuring a sustainable future for our planet.

    We cover various topics from his award-winning product design to his tireless efforts in making technology accessible to anyone with a problem to solve or an idea to explore. Discover how his groundbreaking work is revolutionising the fishing industry and contributing to a more sustainable future.

    To learn more about Dan Watson and SafetyNet Technologies, visit their website at https://sntech.co.uk/.



    Book Recommendations:



    Let my people go surfing - Yvon Chouinard

    The three-body problem - Cixin Liu

    • 1 hr 12 min
    35 - Creating Tiny Forests in our Cities - Building a Movement to Bring Life to Urban Areas and Reconnect People With Nature - Elise Van Middelem, Sugi

    35 - Creating Tiny Forests in our Cities - Building a Movement to Bring Life to Urban Areas and Reconnect People With Nature - Elise Van Middelem, Sugi

    In this episode I speak to Elise Van Middelem the founder and CEO of SUGi - a pioneering social enterprise dedicated to greening cities and reimagining urban life through nature-based solutions.

    SUGi is at the forefront of creating green infrastructure and restoring the human connection to nature in urban areas. Their signature approach is based on the revolutionary Miyawaki Method of planting ultra-dense, biodiverse pocket forests comprised solely of native species.

    In just four years since its launch in 2019, SUGi has conceived, planted and funded nearly 200 of these pocket forests across 42 cities on 6 continents worldwide. Their work has reconnected over 52,000 youth and community members to nature through hands-on forest-making.

    What started as a grassroots movement has evolved into a leading global voice for civic rewilding and ecosystem restoration. SUGi has earned prestigious recognition from the World Economic Forum, inclusion in the 1t.org trillion trees initiative, and backing from the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

    Along the way, they've forged powerful partnerships with iconic brands to execute high-visibility public projects that inspire environmental action. Elise's pioneering vision integrates her deep passions for contemporary art and global ecology into a unifying purpose - to empower, inspire and activate what SUGi calls "The Rewilding Generation."

    To learn more about SUGI head to www.sugiprojects.com

    Book Recommendation:

    The Messy Middle - Scott Belsky

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    • 1 hr 1 min

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For listeners wanting to learn more about the battle for our environment, straight from the mouths of people on the front lines, The Disruptive Environmentalist offers a calm and thought-provoking interview series packed with insights and smart, well-researched questions. From vertical farming to big business solutions, there's a vast store of knowledge available here, and it's growing all the time. An excellent, invaluable resource.

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