WINNER ‘Progress toward circularity’ Marie Claire Sustainability Awards 2023

WINNER: Yodomo Selected for SHIFT's Scale-Up Programme

We are excited to announce that Yodomo is one of the five SMEs and start-ups selected to be a part of SHIFT’s inaugural programme to support organisations tackling the climate crisis.

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This initiative by SHIFT, Plexal, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, UCL Innovation & Enterprise, ReLondon, Hackney Wick & Fish Island Community Development Trust, and London Legacy Development Corporation, is a new scale-up programme that provides financial backing and access to collaborative networks, workspaces and local knowledge resources for the best chance at success. 

The theme of the first challenge was ‘Natural Cities’, with an emphasis on issues such as biodiversity loss, air pollution and circular solutions to minimise waste. Yodomo’s work falls into the category of circular solutions to minimise waste, and our inclusion in this programme is in part due to our significant growth potential and proven capability to deliver impact across East London and beyond.

Yodomo's approach to reducing pre-consumer textile waste focuses on waste generated by UK manufacturing. After our successful round of research and development with support from Innovate UK under their Transformative Technologies scheme, we will be taking what we’ve learned to produce practical solutions to tackle problem areas in both waste and energy. This will be done by taking the biggest pre-consumer textile waste streams and converting these into sustainable, energy-efficient products for local social housing. With SHIFT’s support, we will be able to test and scale our proposed solutions.

We’re delighted to be working with an initiative whose goals align with ours, and who can help us in doing our part to address the pressing issues around climate change. We’re equally excited to be in this programme with four other incredible organisations, including MAD LEAP, Alive Labs, FibreLab, and Goodmine. We look forward to this opportunity, which will further enhance Yodomo's capabilities in managing textile waste and promoting sustainable practices. Read more about SHIFT's initiative and the other members of the cohort here.

We're currently looking for commercial partners to collaborate on this project. If you’re interested in working with us, please get in touch.

The project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and supported by the Mayor of London.