KERHEA, this Vendée start-up which takes up the challenge of replacing single-use plastic waste with a range of French products 100% of plant origin, is raising funds on the WEDOGOOD platform
Founded in April 2019, the KERHEA company markets bio-based products made entirely from plants (biodegradable polymers, cane pulp) to counter the use of single-use plastic waste at trade fairs, festivals and other public or private organizations. Resolutely anchored in a principle of circular economy, KERHEA offers a global project: from eco-design to manufacturing to the collection and recycling of its products.
To accelerate its development, expand its range of products and develop its industrial capacity, KERHEA is looking for a minimum of 80,000 euros and opens its capital to professional and private investors through a crowdfunding campaign on WEDOGOOD , the leading French platform for financing citizen projects in positive impact.
The KLO gourd: 100% plant-based
KERHEA is currently finalizing the design of a bottle made from PLA * or PHA ** plant material. The product will be available within a few weeks. Without bisphenol A, this gourd offers a wooden stopper (customizable by engraving) and a finely braided linen strap. The manufacture of this 75 cl gourd is 100% French. Designed by Eric Berthes ( Planet Design ), it is light, biodegradable and reusable at will.
The KO bottle: 100% plant-based
Every year, 100 million tonnes of plastic end up in nature. Faced with this observation, Lucien Kerisit and Ariane Diehly, co-founders of KERHEA, worked on the design and manufacture of a bottle made from certified non-GMO PLA material. The bottle called KO is the first finalized product of all the ranges offered by the start-up. Available in 50 cl, it is refillable with water thanks to their partner of FONTEKO water fountains . The real added value of this product is that it is collectable and recyclable via their KLEAN.i collection point. As much plastic waste reduced at the source during events.
KUP & KO Tableware: a range of articles in vegetable fiber and PLA
To complete its range, KERHEA offers biodegradable tableware made from cane pulp or PLA: plates, cups, cutlery (with refillable dispenser), burger boxes, sauce pots, verrines, lunch boxes, salad bowls … a solution eco-responsible for event organizers, hoteliers and restaurateurs. This range is suitable for all types of fast food.
KERHEA: an economic model 100% circular economy
At a time when major brands are recycling their first traditional plastic bottles (PET), KERHEA presents an innovative ecological strategy based on the circular economy.
La start-up finalise sa borne KLEAN.i permettant de collecter ses propres produits : broyer leurs bouteilles KO afin d’en favoriser le recyclage, soit par voie de dépolymérisation, ou par voie mécanique avec transformation de la matière en de nouveaux objets (fixation horticole, films 3D impression…). Quant à la vaisselle et aux biodéchets, ils seront compostés en milieu industriel, méthanisés ou lombricompostés.
Avec la campagne de financement participatif WEDOGOOD, les créateurs espèrent très vite passer du prototype à la version finale, pour un développement national puis international.
* PLA : polymère issu du végétal et biodégradable résultant de la fermentation des sucres ou de l’amidon en polymère biodégradable
** PHA: biodegradable polymer produced by bacterial fermentation (wood, oil). At the end of its life cycle, the PHA product can be recycled or, in certain cases, composted at home (“home compost”).
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