Business as usual simply cannot continue. Governments and companies around the world are looking for alternative approaches to drive future growth. The circular economy is one of the few viable and scalable growth models that can radically improve resource productivity to reverse these trends. And, in the process, drive greater innovation and job creation. Better yet, it promises to transform the dynamics of competitiveness and bestow real competitive advantage to early movers.
In this new environment, the unit cost of resources becomes less of a factor because instead of using additional resources to manufacture new goods, companies and customers use what’s already in the market. Focus shifts from producing things from virgin resources to transferring existing products between users and transforming used products into new ones. Good news for you: Costa Rica holds 6% of the Earth's biodiversity and is starting to gain traction towards sustainable business models and making the world a better, greener, long-lasting place.
3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing is top among life sciences companies in Costa Rica (Vital Statistics Survey, CINDE, 2019)
Technical diploma of Biotechnology among manufacturing companies in Costa Rica (Vital Statistics Survey, CINDE, 2019)
Materials engineering for companies in the life sciences sector (Vital Statistics Survey, CINDE, 2019)
Offer the most potential for high resistance, low impact, biodegradable new materials
In just 0,03% of land make a breathing lab for bio-research (UNDP, 2020)
The Costa Rican biotechnology company, Speratum, researchs and develops targeted molecular therapies for the treatment of cancer, synthesizing new polymers for drug delivery.
The innovative Costa Rican company CRN.life is dedicated to developing nutritional products focused on improving the quality of life, establishing ingredient safety and product power with natural ingredients such as moringa, the vitamin and mineral loaded plant well known for diseases prevention and cure.
The B Certified Costa Rican company, Aromas, uses natural, organic, vegan, and as far as possible national raw materials to develop therapeutic and cosmetic one-of -kind products.
Cosmetic giant Chanel developed a new anti-aging product with ingredients including green coffee from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula. The northwestern Pacific region, in the province of Guanacaste, is known as one of the world’s Blue Zones: regions with the highest concentrations of people over 100 years of age.
For its serum the company sourced three longevity ingredients from the diet of the Blue Zones’ populations. These include Nicoya green coffee, Bosana olives from Sardinia, Italy, and the wild herb lentils from Ikaria, Greece.
Since 2014, the cosmetics company Chanel began research with Café Verde, a small cooperative in Nandayure, in the middle of the Nicoya peninsula, with the aim of integrating it into a cosmetic formulation.
This entire process was carried out under the supervision and regulation of the National Commission for Biodiversity Management (CONAGEBIO for its name in Spanish), the competent national authority on access to genetic and biochemical resources of biodiversity.
In 2016, the research was completed and CONAGEBIO granted a permit for commercial use related to Access to Biochemical and Genetic Resources of Biodiversity.
Tico coffee producers in Nicoya are using a special extraction process that results in “an ultra-pure, ultra-powerful ingredient containing 70 times more antioxidant active molecules than are found in regular coffee beans,” Chanel stated.
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Bramé (Reu-Piña) is a Costa Rican startup focused on the development of enzymes from pineapple waist, called bromelain. Through biorefining, it produces proteasa (bromelain), Crystalline micro cellulose and Fiber Pack (Sustainable Building Sheets) which is used in the acceleration of industrial processes.
Yellow Pallete is a Dutch company which exemplifies what circular economy is all about. It uses banana-based inputs to manufacture transportation pallets or pallet-blocks which it provides to factories, maintenance, resins offering a much more cost-effective and sustainable alternative to wood. Yellow Pallet’s invention is a combination of the shape of the pallet, the resin composition, the recipe and the pallet-press. The shape of the pallet and the mold will be unique and patented.
Tomattisimo the Costa Rican company, pioneering the cultivation of tomatoes in high-tech greenhouses in the country, a leading company in the sector.
You can feel the live force in everything and everywhere. Its energy can be felt in this wild shrub blooming-green coffee, encapsulating a power that doesn't exist elsewhere. It's something special. Some call it a mystery, but it's just life. Maybe that's why people here live longer.