Building business from by-products

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TEDxAuckland: tūmanako | Saturday November 16th, 2019 | ASB Waterfront Theatre

Building business from by-products

Adrien Taylor thought it was ridiculous that so many perfectly good off-cuts from fabric were thrown out to landfill, so he got his best mate Matt Purcell involved to launch their range of super limited caps made from off-cuts.

Adrien’s idea is about looking wider to other industries and creating great things from the by-products or by-waste in those areas that produce waste.

Adrien is the former environment reporter for 3News (now Newshub). He left his full-time position in Auckland last year to pursue the startup dream.

Since then, he’s been to Bangladesh to film a climate change documentary for the United Nations and has gone on to found two companies: furniture procurement website Bamtino and cap company Offcut.

Adrien came up with the idea for Offcut on a visit to his father’s textile warehouse in Christchurch. He thought it was ridiculous that so many perfectly good off-cuts were thrown out to landfill, so he got his best mate Matt Purcell involved to launch their range of super limited five panel caps. All Offcut caps are handcrafted in New Zealand and a tree is planted with every cap sold.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Adrien Taylor see profile...

journalist / turned entrepreneur

Adrien is the former environment reporter for 3News (now Newshub).