York, Yorkshire and the Humber, Engeland, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Member Since 2022
About my Start-up

Adhesive is the only part in the production of wood panels that is synthetic, toxic and non recyclable.
There is currently no viable alternative to the commercially available adhesives which are derived from fossil or petroleum-derived feedstocks with a significant negative environmental footprint. According to the SCHER (EU’s Scientific Committee on Health and Environmental Risks) committee these adhesives form one of the top five highest priority toxic pollutants that should be removed. The current engineered wood based furniture emits these carcinogenic pollutants in our indoor environments.
At BindEthics we are designing bio based adhesives for a non-toxic future.
We develop novel bio based adhesives with low environmental impact that are nontoxic, re-useable and recyclable for use in a circular, resource-efficient, economy.

Why your idea is a “winner"?:

BindEthics has the only purely bio-based solutions which is fulfilling all the market, industrial as well as environmental requirements. The BindEthics's team is tireless which is effectively progressing through the development stages. BindEthics has quickly build a vast network of strategic partners and gained great support from leading-edge institutions. Through these partnerships BindEthics is already involved in projects with large clients.

What is your current or intended business/revenue model?:

BindEthics will manufacture the bio-adhesive inhouse.
We already have several clients which wish to implement our technology into their products. Initially manufacture takes place within scale up facilities which offer the necessary equipment. Under special consideration licensing to external production partners may be negotiated.

Do you have any Patent or IP registered (related to the solution that you are looking for an investment)?:

IP has been applied for by expert attorneys specialised in chemical patents.

Has your technology already been implemented in any field/sector?:

Several implementations are currently being investigated with clients that wish to apply BindEthics’s technology for large scale production.

Which market and customer need(s)/problem(s) is (are) your products(s)/service(s) going to solve?:

Demand side:
Changes to legislation force manufacturers from engineered wood products to change their technology. Additionally, the entire value-chain must reduce their GHG emissions to approach Net Zero. Our clients are under further pressure by the soon to be applied Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD).
BindEthics’s bio-adhesive based engineered wood products can be reused, recycled, composted, or create clean biomass energy through incineration fitting to a circular economy.
Finally the demand from the final customers to have non-toxic and non-carcinogenic furniture at home is rising.

Supply side:
The legislative pressure on our suppliers is increasing to reduce disposing their waste products which becomes increasingly expensive. As on the demand side the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) puts pressure on our suppliers to improve their waste management.

Team members
Maria Garcia CEO

“I graduated from the National University of Ireland (Galway) before moving to The Netherlands to study a MSc in Organic synthesis. As a chemist I worked in startups, midsize- and large businesses having successful breakthroughs in the lab and creating sustainable products. I love expanding the frontier of research creating products that will shape our future.”

Callum Smith Chief Operations Officer

“I am currently pursuing a MEng in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Birmingham. My experience in industry includes most notably my time at Chip[S]Board. I have joined the team as the chief operations officer to promote the financial growth of the business and offer technical insight into the optimisation and progression of our adhesion-based solution.”

Michiel Wolzak CFO

“I gained short work experience as a maritime officer onboard of a multipurpose vessel which was part of my maritime officer study in Amsterdam. Afterwards I finished my bachelor’s in civil engineering at the university of technology in Delft (TU Delft). Currently I am pursuing a master’s in civil engineering at TU Delft. During my study I co-founded a recruitment agency for former maritime personnel to find shore-based positions. I am working as director of Onshore Technical Jobs since 2020. In 2021 I joined BindEthics as the CFO bridging the technical and financial challenges.”

TRL 5 – technology validated in relevant environment (industrially relevant environment in the case of key enabling technologies)
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