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Spotlight on June’s Smarter Future Award winner, Thomas Robinson, founder of Adaptavate

Mon, 17 August 2015

Tom Robinson won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in June 2015.

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Adaptavate is a sustainable construction company that is rethinking and redesigning how the new generation of building materials are made. Their first product, Breathaboard, is a bio-based alternative to plasterboard which can lock carbon into the fabric of buildings, helping to mitigate CO2 driven climate change. Tom, 28, came up with the idea while he was working as a builder. With Breathaboard, Tom is tackling two key problems in the building trade: the issue of ‘unhealthy homes’, where trapped moisture and condensation lead to poor air conditions, and the huge amount of waste generated by traditional construction, especially plasterboard which is sent to a separate cell in landfill sites. 75% of Breathaboard is made from agricultural waste, which is sourced from UK farmers, so it provides a renewable alternative to the 15 million tonnes of plasterboard that goes to landfill each year globally. Breathaboard is also 100% compostable.
Adaptavate have been featured as one of Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes, and will be at the Grand Designs Live event in Birmingham in October. They have won the UK Climate-KIC Climate Launchpad competition, and were finalists in the European-wide competition. They were also on the longlist for the 2015 PostCode Lottery Green Challenge which had a €500k prize.
Tom and his business will now go through to the final of the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where he will compete for the £25,000 prize and title.
Follow Adaptavate at: @adaptavate and 

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