Friendlier received $100k in funding and support from Sustainable Development Technology
Canada (SDTC). SDTC helps Canadian entrepreneurs accelerate the development and
deployment of globally competitive clean technology solutions.
“Friendlier’s efforts to reduce waste in the restaurant supply chain is already having an impact locally. Through SDTC’s seed funding we are excited to support their plans to expand their impact across Ontario.” Zoë Kolbuc,
Vice President of Ecosystems, at Sustainable
Development Technology Canada.
Women-founded Friendlier is revolutionizing the food packaging industry through a centralized
reusable packaging system to eliminate single-use packaging. Their centralized system uses
unique QR codes to track reusable packaging and enable their deposit-return process. Their
technology provides businesses with unique sustainability impact data, engages their
customers, and provides them with valuable insights about their audience. They capitalize on
the value of our products; by reusing them, they use less energy and raw materials than
disposables or recyclable products because they don’t produce or reprocess with each use.
“The funding from SDTC is significant for Friendlier, and will allow us to continue building a
robust circular economy in Canada. We will be able to accelerate the optimization of our
sanitation process, and scale to new regions across Ontario.” - Kayli Dale, CEO of Friendlier
In Canada, municipalities and corporations pay over $10B per year for waste management. This has increased by over 40% in the last decade, and will continue to increase as populations grow and our landfills fill up. It has been reported that one in five municipalities are already out of space in their landfills. The consumption habits of our society in a linear, “take-make-dispose” system, has led to significant waste generation, hurting both the environment, and our economy.
Over 170 countries have already announced single-use bans to reduce this waste, but there are not sufficient alternatives available for food packaging.
About Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) helps Canadian companies develop and
deploy competitive, clean technology solutions, to help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges: climate change, clean air, clean water and clean soil. By taking a
cross-Canada approach, from seed to scale, and in partnership with the best peers and experts,
SDTC is the global benchmark for sustainable development innovation programming. For more
information, please visit www.sdtc.ca