Meet the Making Circular Round 1 Cohort

Boomerang Labs
Boomerang Labs is proud to present Making Circular, a 12-week local accelerator program for the Hunter region's circular economy entrepreneurs, particularly those in the manufacturing sector. Thanks to support from the NSW Government, this program will be provided at no cost to participants. Anyone interested in applying for Round 2 can express their interest on the main Making Circular page.

Meet the cohort

Ryan Muir and Sam Osborne, RAM Manufacturing
RAM Manufacturing uses recycled HDPE plastics to produce the Echidna Strip, a durable and sustainable alternative for carpet installation. By transforming plastic waste into valuable construction materials, RAM Manufacturing not only extends the lifecycle of these plastics but also ensures they remain in a useful state, delaying their journey to the landfill, as well as reducing the demand for new, virgin plastic production. Manufacturing Echidna Strip within Australia also eliminates the carbon emissions associated with international importation.

Louise Burr, PerkyPod
Utilising recycled plastics, PerkyPod is an innovative, patent-pending self-draining plant pot that has a unique system to solve plant dramas. Its internal drainage, filtration and water catchment system eliminates under- or over-watering, which are the two main causes of plant deaths.

Michael Morton, Solargy Innovation
With a dual focus on low-carbon building materials and next generation energy storage, Solargy is working on the design and testing of new high-performance, affordable and low-carbon materials, trialing new construction techniques with a keen focus on reducing emissions, waste and building lead times and designing and testing new types of energy storage systems that don’t rely on expensive raw materials and which have a virtually unlimited lifespan.

Robert Manning, SORR Pty Ltd
SORR removes pollutants before they enter our environment. The company's revolutionary Sponge captures hydrocarbons at the source before environmental damage is done. They are then recycled, and the sponge is reused and repurposed, thus reducing landfill waste.

Maroun G. Rahme, Nu-Rock Building Products
Nu-Rock is focused on converting waste streams into superior performing building products. By recycling millions of tonnes of industrial and household waste, the Nu-Rock Building Products Australia team is aiming to become Australia’s leading carbon capture and mineralisation company and the leading force in Australia’s sustainable building products movement. Nu-Rock products are 100% recyclable at the end of life as a full-strength product again and again.

Anthony Dunbier, River Medical
River Medical provides circular economy healthcare solutions to address the healthcare waste crisis and fill in the gaps of equipment service provision. River Medical acts as a waste services provider first and foremost, removing any asset in any condition. The equipment is then assessed to determine if it is fit to repurpose (priority); if not, parts are harvested and the equipment recycled, with all outcomes tracked to provide measurable metrics.

Edwin Higginson, Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists
Australian Electric Vehicle Specialists brings the latest EV technology from around the world, along with the know-how to help individuals and businesses transition to a rapidly changing future, from converting classic cars to electric or transitioning a fleet of trucks and vans to zero emissions with an efficient network of chargers.

Gordon Ewart, Curby Rescue
Targeting circularity in post-consumer, hard-to-recycle materials like soft plastic packaging, liquid paperboard, and used clothing, the Curby program enables convenient at-home recycling using existing Council collection vehicles, reducing truck kilometers. Collected materials are reused in making SuRPrize Bags, supporting a circular economy and displaying outcomes on stakeholder dashboards.
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