Green Clean Bubbles

by Magnus Speirs in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

£616

£20,000 target 39 days left
3% 15 supporters
Flexible funding – this project will receive all pledges made by 5th January 2021 at 12:00pm

Help Holiferm and Mix to reduce consumer dependency on harsh petrochemicals products with innovative mild, green biosurfactant products.

by Magnus Speirs in Manchester, England, United Kingdom

We want to demonstrate that affordable green manufacturing and formulation isn’t just a pipedream but an achievable reality. Holiferm is a technology company dedicated to developing and supplying sustainable, non-fossil based ingredients through cutting edge fermentation technology.  As manufacturers, Holiferm has partnered with growing business Mix to produce a range of products that are highly sustainable,vegan, friendly to humans, pets and most importantly the planet; a bubble bath, a bath cleaning product and a washing up liquid.  

Why should you Support us:

  • Supporting green innovation and helping to fight climate change with your wallet while receiving green wholesome products in return!
  • Supporting next generation manufacturing and help us realise our dream of selling industrial amounts of biosurfactants at prices everyone can afford to replace petrochemical surfactants. 
  • A say in the type of cleaning products you receive and the satisfaction of supporting the creation of a whole new range of sustainable household and personal cleaning products!
  • Enable us to do more experimentation with waste feed stocks, turning sugar molasses and waste cooking oil into sophorolipids for use in surfactant based markets.

The Challenge

Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges with climate change due to the historic heavy use of fossils fuels both for energy, and for precursors to a wide array of specialty chemicals, these include surfactants which are used in almost every cleaning product.

The production of these petrochemical based surfactants harms our environment, especially aquatic environments where they are likely to end up. While there has been a growing shift to plant oil based surfactants, these are only partly renewable with chemical production processes being heavily involved with their manufacture. Both types of surfactants even when labelled biodegradable often are only partly biodegradable.

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One Bubbly Solution

One way to produce these surfactants in a sustainable fashion is using fermentation (yes! The same process used to produce beer). Microbes are grown and used to produce biosurfactants, a surfactant produced by a living organism, one such type  being Sophorolipids. Sophorolipids are produced by the yeast, Starmerella bombicola, which is associated with flowers and flower visiting insects. Although the genus is not well understood,  the species  is named for the bumblebee with which it is often associated. Originally found in both bumblebee honey in Canada and Concentrated grape juice in South Africa,  the yeast  is utilised at the industrial level to produce sophorolipids through fermentation.

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However, current state of the art technology utilizes  batch fermentation methods which do not produce enough biosurfactant quickly enough, making the production process expensive! This makes it difficult for biosurfactants to effectively compete against petrochemical based surfactants. On top of this current separation techniques often require organic solvent extraction which are often made using fossil fuel precursors which heavily impacts on the sustainability on the process. This can easily be seen by the fact biosurfactants make up just over 13% of the 41 billion dollar surfactant market. 

Current leading technology using fermentation doesn’t make enough and makes it super expensive.  This means that it quickly becomes unaffordable when compared to ‘lesser’ surfactants. This can be demonstrated by how few companies use biosurfactants out of the 41 billion dollar market.

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Enter Holiferm with our patented gravity separation technology.  Our semi-continuous fermentation technology  provides high productivity and high quality sophorolipid products which will be able to be used to create a wide variety of green, high quality household and personal cleaning products. 

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But who is Holiferm?

Holiferm is a biotechnology and advanced fermentation technology start-up which was spun-out of The University of Manchester, UK. Over the last 19 months we have rapidly expanded from two cofounders to a team of nine, based at Manchester Science Park, UK. We are transforming biosurfactant production by taking traditional, expensive batch fermentation and developing commercially viable, continuous manufacturing processes.

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Holiferm’s aim is to be the first UK provider of biosurfactants to all commercial markets. We aim to facilitate environmentally friendly bioproducts replacing petrochemicals as quickly as possible, and bring them to a price point that everyone can afford. We believe in collaboration rather than competition, and aim to work with everyone from customers to multinational corporates to make this happen, because we realise we are all in this together and only together can we effectively stop our dependency on petrochemicals.

We are currently in the process of constructing our first pilot plant which will annually be producing up to 25 tonnes of our Honeysurf product range. We are currently forming partnerships and shipping samples worldwide to a variety of companies for testing in their own formulations. We are currently working with Mix Clean Green in order to create a new range of biosurfactant based personal and household care products in which you can help have a say in their creation.

Who is MixCleanGreen?

Mix started as all good things do, as a conversation between two friends over a cup of tea. They were lamenting the fact that many trusted eco-friendly cleaning brands had just been bought by an conglomerate which in their eyes, threatened the sustainability of the brands. They wondered where they would get their eco-friendly cleaning products, they decided to answer this question themselves and Mix was born.

Mix is a small, but growing company which sells sustainable cleaning products. It focuses unlike other companies on not one or two sustainable targets for its product to achieve but all of them. Every single ingredient that goes into them is carefully investigated for its impact on the environment through its creation until its eventual usage and disposal. They provide super concentrated, plastic free, sustainable household cleaning products.

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What are we trying to achieve?

Partnering with Mix we at Holiferm hope to raise capital to help us equip our Pilot Facility which while fully funded for a bootstrap approach, more money will enable us to invest in better industrial equipment which will help us launch from pilot to larger scale plants quicker! We will be able to hire more workers, further boosting the UK’s manufacturing industry knowledge base. It will also enable us to investigate further into waste feedstocks, such as waste cooking oil and sugar molasses as an alternative feedstock to rapeseed oil and glucose to still further improve the sustainability of the process. 

What will you get?

All pledges above 5 pounds will get to chip in a vote to name one of our reactors scaling from 2 litres all the way up to 600 litres, even if reactor mcreactorface *sigh* is what they all end up being called. You can however skip the vote and pay £10,000 to get a plaque placed on our 600L reactor. More information on all voting will be available later on in the campaign as we get an idea of the numbers.

For every pledge above £15 you will get a bubble bath and/or liquid dish soap all in the distinctive Mix packaging. Pledges higher then £30 will also get the option of receiving Multi-Mix an exceptional multi purpose cleaner . You will also be able to vote on the different scents of the bubble bath you receive, current potential options being: Lavender, peppermint and Bergamot.

However, the more pledges the more we will be able to offer more options on the scents.

Higher pledges will get you cool merchandise and even one or two days in the lab or pilot plant where you or a friend or loved one will be able to experience a day inside a fast moving R&D department. For the very big spenders, you will get to name the largest reactor, £10,000 or even the site, £50,000, after you or an appropriate name of your choice.

All voting and name suggestions for the reactors will become available during and after the crowdfunder . Voting on the scent of the bubble bath will also occur after the crowdfunder has closed so we can get you all as many options as possible!

Each pledge is detailed at the bottom of the page.

Pledges.

The Hive Five £5

Happy to support sustainable manufacturing and growth of new green  start ups. 

Vote on naming the 4 small 2L experimental bio-reactors.

The Small Buzzle  £18.

choice of 2 out of 3 products

1 x 50g bubble bath

1x 50g Bath Mix 

1x 40 ml Washing up liquid

 vote on available scents  of bubble bath, vote on the name

one vote on naming all small 2L experimental bio-reactors.

Shipping is included for UK addresses.

The Medium Buzzle £30 shipping Included.

choice of 2 of 4 products

1 x 200g bubble bath

1x 200g Bath Mix

1x 150 ml Washing up liquid

1x Multi Mix

Shipping will be charged in addition dependent on location

vote on scents available of bubble bath

Suggest a name for the small 2L bioreactors as well vote on the name of the 40L bioreactor.

Shipping is included for UK addresses.

The Large Buzzle £50 shipping included.

all 4 products

1 x 200g bubble bath

1x 200g Bath Mix

1x 150 ml Washing up liquid

1x Multi Mix

 vote on scents available on bubble bath plus a thank you posted on our website to all supporters above this pledge.

Suggest a name for the small bioreactors and a vote on the name of the 40L bioreactor as well as 2L bioreactors.

Shipping is included for UK addresses.

The Stupendous Buzzle £100 shipping included.

To support the Holiferm and UK chemical manufacturing you will get a Large bundle of products, plus the following merch with a Holiferm logo: 

Pen, A4 Notebook, umbrella.

Get to suggest  the name of the 40L bioreactor. As well as a vote on all small 2L bioreactors as well as the 40L bioreactor.

Shipping is included for UK addresses.

A Day in the Hive - £500

Have you ever wondered what it is like to work in a Laboratory environment, taking R&D ideas through to a full commercial development process? 

Along with getting a Stupendous buzzle of products and all the branded Holiferm merchandise, you get the opportunity to spend a day at the development Labs in Manchester.  This day can be customised to suit your requirements and interests.

 You can spend the day with fermentation teams, and follow the process through and then formulate your product to take home, or you spend your time looking at the commercial side- how does a start-up raise money, how are the finances controlled, how are leads generated? 

Either way you will have a fun and exciting day looking behind the scenes of a business, alongside having breakfast and lunch with the team. We will also supply all the required PPE.  We will not be able to provide transport or accommodation for this level of package.

2 days in the hive £1,500

Along with a Stupendous Buzzle. Ever wondered what it takes to start a start-up? How to take an Idea from concept to full scale? To gain funding and apply for grant funding? Now you can with a bespoke two day experience, tailored to your needs.  Spend two personalized days at Holiferm's R&D lab and Pilot Plant. Learn what it takes to produce biosurfactants and run a successful start-up as well as having a go at formulating your own. Perfect for getting a taste of life in a Biotech start-up or work experience in a fast moving lab environment.

We will customise your trip for your needs, this will include some basic inductions and safety presentations as this will be a fully operational pilot plant.

For this pledge we will not be able to provide transport to Manchester, but will provide a hotel in Manchester city centre for the 1 night, walking distance from Holiferm laboratory, and transport between Manchester and the pilot plant.

Prince/Princess Bee £10,000

All of the above, plus you will get your name inscribed on a plaque of the bio-reactor, cementing your commitment to green manufacturing, biosurfactants and a green, sustainable future.

For this pledge we will be able to provide transport to Manchester city centre and/or Manchester airport. With a 1 night stay included in Manchester city centre. 

You will also be invited to attend an unveiling ceremony of the pilot plant (optional).

Queen/King Bee £50,000

All of the above pledges, plus you will be invited to join the team for dinner and evening engagements to be able to spend dedicated time with founders and team at Holiferm. This will give you and your partner unprecedented access to how start-ups function and how to bring disruptive technologies to market. 

As a champion of bio-surfactants you will also be invited to the unveiling ceremony of the pilot plant, as well as naming the site. 

For this pledge we will be able to provide transport to Manchester city centre and/or Manchester airport. With a 1 night stay included in Manchester city centre, for both the opening ceremony and the 2 two day experience for 2. This will include your dinner at a restaurant in Manchester city centre for both events.

Plus the satisfaction that you are championing a new wave of sustainable fermentation based manufacturing with the potential for a transformative impact on the planet. 

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£30 or more

1 of 497 claimed

The Medium Buzzle

Choice of 2 of 4 products: 1 x 200ml bubble bath, 1x 200g Bath Mix, 1x 150 ml Washing up liquid, 1x Multi Mix. Suggest a name for the small bioreactors and a vote on the name of the 40L bioreactor as well as 2L bioreactors. Shipping included for U.K. Addresses. A vote on scents available of bubble bath.

£5 or more

Hive Five

Happy to support sustainable manufacturing and growth of new green start ups. Vote on naming the 4 small 2L experimental bio-reactors.

£18 or more

2 of 500 claimed

The small Buzzle

Choice of 2 out of 3 products: 1 x 50ml bubble bath, 1x 50g Bath Mix, 1x 40 ml Washing up liquid. Vote on scents available of bubble bath. vote on naming the 4 small 2L experimental bio-reactors. Shipping included for U.K. only.

£50 or more

3 of 500 claimed

The Large Buzzle

All 4 products. 1 x 200ml bubble bath, 1x 200g Bath Mix, 1x 150 ml Washing up liquid, 1x Multi Mix. Vote on scents available on bubble bath plus a thank you posted on our website to all supporters above this pledge. Suggest a name for the small bioreactors and a vote on the name of the 40L bioreactor. Shipping included for U.K. Addresses.

£100 or more

0 of 149 claimed

The Stupendous Buzzle

To support the Holiferm and UK chemical manufacturing you will get a Large buzzle of products, plus the following merch with a Holiferm logo: Pen, A4 Notebook, umbrella. Get to suggest the name of the 40L bioreactor as well as a vote on a name for the small 2L reactors as well as the 40L bioreactor. Shipping included for U.K. Addresses.

£500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

A day in the Hive

Along with a Stupendous Buzzdle. Spend a day at Holiferm's R&D lab. Learn what it takes to produce biosurfactants as well as perhaps having a go at formulating your own. Perfect for getting a taste of life in a Biotech start-up or work experience in a fast moving lab environment. You will also get to vote on the name of all reactors

£1,500 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Two days in the Hive

Along with a Stupendous Buzzdle. Spend two personalized days at Holiferm's R&D lab and Pilot Plant. Learn what it takes to produce biosurfactants as well as having a go at formulating your own. Perfect for getting a taste of life in a Biotech start-up or work experience in a fast moving lab environment.

£10,000 or more

0 of 2 claimed

Prince/Princess of the Hive

A Stupendous buzzle. A tailored day's experience in both the Pilot plant and our R&D lab. Your name inscribed in a plaque and put on the reactor. A night's stay in Manchester including transport. A vote on the name on all reactors and name suggestion for 600L.

£50,000 or more

Queen/King Bee

A Stupendous buzzle. A tailored day's experience in both the Pilot plant and our R&D lab. Your name inscribed in a plaque and put on the reactor. A night's stay in Manchester including transport. Unparalleled access to Holiferm's insights into what makes a successful start-up, challenges of going from lab scale to commercial. A vote on the name on all reactors and name suggestion for 600L. Pilot plant named after you or choose a name!

£30 or more

3 of 3 claimed

The Medium Buzzle

Choice of 2 of 4 products: 1 x 200ml bubble bath, 1x 200g Bath Mix, 1x 150 ml Washing up liquid, 1x Multi Mix. Suggest a name for the small bioreactors and a vote on the name of the 40L bioreactor as well as 2L bioreactors. Shipping included for U.K. Addresses. A vote on scents available of bubble bath.

£100 or more

1 of 1 claimed

The Stupendous Buzzle

To support the Holiferm and UK chemical manufacturing you will get a Large buzzle of products, plus the following merch with a Holiferm logo: Pen, A4 Notebook, umbrella. Get to suggest the name of the 40L bioreactor as well as a vote on a name for the small 2L reactors as well as the 40L bioreactor.

Let's make 'Green Clean Bubbles' happen

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