One example of their impact is PermaFungi, a Brussels-based start-up that ResilieNtWEB assisted. The company produced oyster mushrooms for consumption using the leftover coffee grounds from local cafés and restaurants as a growing medium. To help close the loop, PermaFungi then went and delivered its mushrooms to the very same cafés and restaurants.
ResilieNtWEB’s coaches used the project toolkit to draw up an action plan for the company, and two main ideas emerged. First, the need to secure a regular supply of coffee grounds and second, the need to diversify its product portfolio. The company successfully applied these ideas and secured a steady supply of coffee grounds from the chain EXKI, in addition to organising co-creation activities to diversify its portfolio. As a result, the company was able to increase its production and created four full-time jobs.
Through this innovative project, the tools used to support companies brought an added value as they helped companies generate and implement new eco-actions. Additionally, businesses realised that the most pressing problems related to sustainability can be best tackled by collaborating directly with suppliers, clients and even competitors. They also proved that ‘resilience’ can be an integral part of a successful business strategy.