In just one year we have achieved so much! The Tackle Lab team started out with one single purpose: to help eliminate problematic waste from Aussie bins by starting with disposable nappies in childcare centres.
It has been an interesting journey these past 12 months. We have spent hours upon hours researching and hosting countless meetings. From the NSW EPA, local councils to some of the biggest leaders in the waste industry. In 2022 we have left no stone unturned.
One thing that has blown us away this year is the positive support we have received from everyone in the community. We wanted to thank each and everyone of you for cheering us on. We look forward to openly sharing the next steps of our journey in 2023.
2022 Highlights - Look how far we’ve come!
Above: Meg delivering the NOGO Bin trial education which is supported by the City of Sydney Environmental Innovation Grant.
Grant Funding from City of Sydney for the NOGO Bin Trial
Receiving an Environmental and Innovation grant from the City of Sydney was a big deal and confirmation that we were on the right track. We are currently conducting our compostable nappy and wipe collection trial in a childcare facility located within the City of Sydney. Stay tuned for in 2023 we will have the final details and results of our trial.
Meg & Jaci receiving Nespresso StartCup Challenge runner-up award with Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Founding Director of the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (middle)
Runner-up Winners in Nespresso StartCup Challenge
What a huge achievement Tackle Lab was one of three finalists in Australia and a runner-up winner in the Nespresso StarCup Challenge. The NOGO Bin was selected by an expert panel of leaders from different sectors who are committed to innovation and sustainable development, including: Professor Veena Sahajwalla (Founding Director of the UNSW Sustainable Materials Research and Technology , SMaRT Centre), Nik Robinson (Co-Founder, Good Citizens), Zoe Mellick (Sustainability Lead, Glam Corner), Charlotte Connell (Climate Reality Leader, Co-Director and Sustainability lead at Founder Institute and EIR in Sustainability at Fishburners), Yasmin Grigaliunas (CEO and co-founder, World’s Biggest Garage Sale), Jean-Marc Dragoli (General Manager Oceania, Nespresso), Mariah Monaghan (Head of Marketing and Sustainability, Nespresso Australia).
Jaci & Meg's NOGO Bin stand at the ECA in Canberra, October 2022.
The ECA Convention in Canberra
In October you may have had the opportunity to meet us in person at the ECA convention in Canberra. Many of you reached out to us immediately afterwards and were keen to get involved. Off the back of conversations at the convention with like-minded Educators we decided to start a community group. This is a collaborative purpose driven community for childcare educators who have the same sustainability goals. This community group will give educators the chance to provide feedback and advice on how we can improve the nappy waste problem. If you haven’t already we would like to invite you to join this private Facebook group. It is newly formed and has only a small number of people right now. You can join the group here.
Jaci & Meg attending the Circle Awards AUS & NZ as finalists for the "One to Watch' category.
Finalist in the Circle Awards 'One to Watch' category
A panel of leading experts recognised our NOGO Bin entry in the Circle Awards AUS & NZ 2022 as having a positive impact. We were named as finalists in the 'One to Watch' category. Given the high-calibre of entrants participating in the Circle Awards, this was a huge accomplishment and we were extremely proud of this achievement and making it this far.
Witness at the ACT Inquiry into the Waste Management of Absorbent Hygiene Products
We were officially invited as witnesses for our submission to the Standing Committee on Environment, Climate Change and Biodiversity as part of its Inquiry into the Waste Management of Absorbent Hygiene Products. This was a great opportunity for us to share our knowledge, you can view our submission here.
The NOGO Bin
Our biggest achievement in 2022 was the development of our NOGO Bin system - Nappy Organics Good Organics. Our system is a direct result of identifying the gaps and needs in the childcare industry, designed to help them eliminate problematic waste from bins. Watch our NOGO Bin video above.