Nike Sustainability Leader Joins Board of Cutting-Edge Biomaterials Start-up Evoco

Liz Rodgers profile image - Liz is joining Evoco as a Board of Directors coming from Nike.

Nike Sustainability Leader Joins Board of Cutting-Edge Biomaterials Start-up Evoco, Pioneering the Future of Sustainable Material Innovation

[Toronto, October 18th] – Evoco, a trailblazing force in the biomaterials innovation space founded to defossilize the material value chain by replacing oil with plants, proudly announces the appointment of Liz Rodgers, a proven global sustainability executive to its Board as an independent director.

Liz currently serves as Vice President of Sustainable Product of NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE), the world’s leading designer, marketer, and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. She joined Nike in 1995 and has held a wide range of leadership positions in the footwear and apparel divisions as well as roles in strategic planning and marketplace. In her current role, Liz leads a team focused on integrating sustainability across product creation to help protect the future of sport and maintain an environment where all athletes can live, train, and thrive.

“Liz’s extensive experience in driving and integrating sustainability at scale is particularly valuable to support our mission to foster holistic transformation in material manufacturing for global consumer brands” said Jason Robinson, Founder and CEO at Evoco.

As Evoco continues to gain momentum in the next-generation material industry, this addition to our board marks a strategic move towards harnessing diverse talents and perspectives for high-performance material innovation.

“Evoco is a company dedicated to making a substantial difference one product at a time. I am thrilled and honored to contribute my expertise in business and governance to support Evoco at this crucial juncture in its path to exponential growth” Liz Rodgers.

For more information, contact:

Gerald Alvoet
VP of Marketing
galvoet@evocoltd.com
+1-647-299-0553

About Evoco Ltd

Evoco Ltd is a global innovation company founded to close the loop on unsustainable goods, for good. Harnessing the power of nature, Evoco leverages its plant-based chemistry platform to create scalable novel materials to help its brand partners develop the next generation of high-performing, low-carbon products, with minimal impact at the end of life. Starting with footwear, Evoco’s solutions have been adopted by a variety of global brands, such as Vans, Kodiak, Bared, Timberland, and Keen.

Through an expansive innovation roadmap led through our R&D center in Toronto, Canada, Evoco is expanding its material solutions to positively impact everything we walk on, sit on, drive in, and sleep on.

To learn more, please visit: evocoltd.com

Evoco’s CEO and Co-Founder, Jason Robinson, is a Clean50 Award Recipient for 2024

Evoco’s CEO and Co-Founder, Jason Robinson, is a Clean50 Award Recipient for 2024

Toronto, Canada, Sept. 29, 2023 – Evoco, a global innovation company founded to defossilize the material value chain, announced today that its Co-Founder and CEO Jason Robinson has been recognized as a 2024 Clean50 Honouree 

“Canada’s Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 organization to recognize those 50 individuals who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past 2 years,” said Gavin Pitchford, Delta Management Group CEO.

“This national environmental recognition is a testament to our team’s trailblazing efforts and dedication in creating and scaling innovative material solutions with measurable and verifiable impact” said Jason Robinson. “And as a strong proponent of cross-sectorial collaboration, I value this unique opportunity to engage with other sustainability leaders from all sectors of the Canadian economy.”

As a disruptive pioneer in the industry with 20 years of experience in renewable and cleantech technologies, Jason is focused on creating better-performing, responsible, and ecological products. His expertise in engineering and science has prepared him to charter this new territory and challenge the status quo every step of the way.

Evoco is committed to authentic sustainability, helping numerous consumer brands de-fossilize their supply chains by providing them with plant-based material solutions, such as FATES™, its eco-foam. Now commercialized, FATES cuts carbon emissions by up to 70% and minimizes the product’s end-of-life impact through its advanced detoxifying properties.

Starting in footwear first with global brand partners such as shoe giant VANS, the switch to FATES™ resulted in a reduction of over 1.4 KT CO2e greenhouse gas emissions so far.

At a time when transparency means everything, peeling back on what it means to be green is a driving force for Evoco’s Co-Founder and CEO, Jason Robinson.

To combat greenwashing, Evoco’s 70 to 80% plant-based materials are third-party certified by USDA and GreenCircle, as well as Vegan certified, as there are no animal-derived products.
Moving into 2024, Evoco will continue to innovate through plant-based materials that reduce carbon emissions without compromising performance, revolutionizing the materials used in the products we walk in, sleep in, and drive in.

For more information, contact:

Gerald Alvoet
VP of Marketing
galvoet@evocoltd.com
+1-647-299-0553

About Evoco Ltd

 

Evoco Ltd is a global innovation company founded to close the loop on unsustainable goods, for good. Harnessing the power of nature, Evoco leverages its plant-based chemistry platform to create scalable novel materials to help its brand partners develop the next generation of high-performing, low carbon products, with minimal impact at end of life. Starting with footwear, Evoco’s solutions have been adopted by a variety of global brands, such as Vans, Kodiak, Bared, Timberland and Keen.         
Through an expansive innovation roadmap led through our R&D center in Toronto, Canada, Evoco is expanding its material solutions to positively impact everything we walk on, sit on, drive in and sleep on.

About Delta Management Group / Canada’s Clean50

Leading ESG, sustainability and clean tech search firm Delta Management Group founded, and remains the steward of the Canada’s Clean50 awards, created in 2011 to annually identify, recognize and connect 50 sustainability leaders from every sector of Canadian endeavor, in order to facilitate understanding, collaboration and innovation in the fight to keep climate change impacts below 1.5 degrees C. Ancillary awards also recognize 20 Emerging Leaders and the 25 Top Sustainability Projects of the year, as well as bestow Lifetime Achievement designations.   

Evoco Featured in Earth by John Holden

Evoco Featured in Earth by John Holden

Co-host Andrea Ocampo goes to Toronto, Canada to find out how Evoco uses plants, and not oil, to create low impact, high performance materials which supports lower carbon emissions. Evoco’s researchers also developed plant-based leathers and plastics.

 

FATES Open Cell Sheetstock Technology

Introducing our latest innovation: FATES™ Open Cell Sheetstock Technology

The simplest and most cost-effective method to adopt the industry-leading bio-based foam solution

FATES’ Open Cell Sheetstock Technology  – a groundbreaking low-density, plant-based foam material designed for large-scale footwear applications. Powered by the FATES™ technologies, OCST provides low-carbon, high-performance properties with minimal end-of-life impact. With OCST, footwear designers can explore three versatile production options: die-cut, compression, and memory foam. 

“A new standard for footwear materials”

Combining superior functionality with sustainability, its advanced engineering delivers exceptional comfort, support, and durability, making it an ideal choice for high-performance footwear. The open-cell structure of OCST promotes breathability and moisture management, enhancing overall wearer comfort. 

Benefits

FATES™ harnesses the power of plant-based chemistry to significantly reduce GHG emissions by up to 70% compared to conventional PU materials. Our patented chemistry allows the foam to return to the earth for a more circular solution. 

FATES™ Open Cell Sheetstock technology provides a cost-effective die cut manufacturing process, allowing you to scale and optimize your production without compromising on quality or performance.  

Our innovative foam material offers high performance characteristics, ensuring optimal comfort, and durability for your footwear designs. 

Detoxifying and biodegrading properties

Certified Sustainability

Our commitment to sustainability, transparency, and plants goes beyond our words, it’s third-party verified.

USDA Bio-Preferred
Green Circle
Vegan

Applications

Whether you’re designing athletic footwear, hiking boots, or safety, OCST provides the flexibility and performance required to meet the demands of your target audience.

Hiking
Safety
Athletics
Casual
Contact us today to develop high-performance, low-carbon footwear projects while reducing your reliance on petrochemistry.

EVOCO Ltd raises CAD $12M in series B funding to scale its plant-based materials platform and support its consumer goods partners in migrating to sustainably sourced feedstocks

EVOCO Ltd raises CAD $12M in series B funding to scale its plant-based materials platform and support its consumer goods partners in migrating to sustainably sourced feedstocks

Toronto, March 27th – Evoco Ltd., a leading research and development company focused on creating sustainable plant-based materials, announced today a successful Series B funding round of CAD $12 million. The investment was led by Circular Innovation Fund- (CIF) – a fund jointly managed by European-based Demeter and North American-based Cycle Capital, joined by new investor Export Development Canada (EDC), and return investor The Stewart Group Limited (SGL).

“We are delighted to contribute to Evoco’s expansion via the Circular Innovation Fund managed by Cycle Capital and Demeter as they continue to leverage agricultural and plant-based feedstocks to create smarter and cleaner consumer products that will bring sustainable solutions to various consumer goods and industrial markets.” said Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Managing Partner at Cycle Capital. “As businesses look to cater towards a growing sustainability-focused consumer base, Evoco’s solutions will help businesses produce more environmentally friendly products in the years ahead.”

Founded in 2017, Evoco develops and commercializes high-performance, low-impact materials for a range of partners looking to mitigate their reliance on fossil fuel. “Evoco was founded to create innovative material solutions by harnessing the power of plants, as we believe plants can be the number one source in removing and mitigating the use of oil in any value chain we are using as human beings today” said Evoco CEO and founder Jason Robinson.      

The company’s flagship technology, FATES®, a patented eco-foam boasting an industry-leading 80% plant-based content, can be adapted to a wide range of applications and is readily scalable. Evoco has initially partnered with established brands in the footwear industry such as Vans, Keen, and Timberland.

“Evoco has had remarkable growth and innovation breakthroughs in accelerating the adoption of plant-based materials with their global partners” said The Stewart Group CEO, Bill Morris. “At The Stewart Group we seek out progressive technologies that make a meaningful difference in our daily lives. Our further investment in Evoco is a testament to our shared vision of enabling industries to create sustainable products and reduce their environmental footprint.”           

Evoco recently opened its own production facility in Vietnam to meet its global customers’ demand and this new funding will accelerate its operational footprint expansion globally. The company will also be embarking on new partnerships with leading material manufacturers to further support its diversification.  

In addition, this funding round will allow Evoco to extend its materials innovation offering, providing solutions including leather alternatives, plastics, 3D printing, and allowing the company to enter additional verticals such as furniture, automotive, bedding and fashion.

“EDC is pleased to support Evoco’s latest round of funding, as the company expands its suite of innovative and sustainable solutions to a global audience,” said Lissa Bjerkelund, Vice-President, Investments and Mid-Market Lending at EDC. “The company’s impressive growth is attributed to its positive impact in the sustainable materials sector, and in particular, reducing the environmental harm in the manufacturing process of everyday items. Evoco’s growth trajectory positions them as a global leader in sustainability, and with this investment we look forward to their continued success in the years ahead.”

As a result, Ben Forcier, Senior Partner at Circular Innovation Fund joins Evoco Ltd.’s Board of Directors.         

About Evoco Ltd.

Evoco Ltd is a global innovation company founded to close the loop on unsustainable goods, for good. Harnessing the power of nature, Evoco leverages its plant-based chemistry platform to create scalable novel materials to help its brand partners develop the next generation of high-performing, low carbon products, with minimal impact at end of life. Starting with footwear, Evoco’s solutions have been adopted by a variety of global brands, such as Vans, Kodiak, Bared, Timberland and Keen.          
Through an expansive innovation roadmap led through our R&D center in Toronto, Canada, Evoco is expanding its material solutions to positively impact everything we walk on, sit on, drive in and sleep on.
To learn more, please visit: evocoltd.com

About Circular Innovation Fund

The Circular Innovation Fund (“CIF”) is a global venture capital fund focused solely on circular innovation. It is a joint venture between leading cleantech capital managers – Paris-based Demeter and Montreal-based Cycle Capital. The fund invests in growth-stage companies from North America, Europe and Asia developing breakthrough new materials, circular packaging, recycling and waste innovations, logistics, as well as eco-efficient processes & design, and circular business models.
For more information on the Circular Innovation Fund, visit: circularinnovationfund.com

About The Stewart Group Limited (SGL)

The Stewart Group Limited is a 125-year-old privately held company with a global presence. From its head office location in Markham, Ontario and facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, SGL provides its global customers with a wide array of quality products and services, including footwear and footcare products, odor-controlling technologies, and gels used in the protection of fiber optic and structural cables.

About EDC

Export Development Canada (EDC) is a financial Crown corporation dedicated to helping Canadian businesses make an impact at home and abroad. EDC has the financial products and knowledge Canadian companies need to confidently enter new markets, reduce financial risk and grow their business as they go from local to global. Together, EDC and Canadian companies are building a more prosperous, stronger and sustainable economy for all Canadians.

Public Relations Contacts

Jen Sivananthan        
jsivananthan@evocoltd.com

Catherine Bérubé      
cberube@cyclecapital.com
+1-514-629-1022

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Evoco featured in Footwear Plus

Evoco Wants the Industry to Come Clean

Read the full article on Footwear Plus here

The footwear industry has been very dirty, environmentally speaking. And while overall awareness of the need to clean up its act has increased significantly the past few years—and many sustainable initiatives hold great promise—there’s still tremendous room for improvement and clarity.

Enter Evoco, a components company founded in 2017 that’s on a mission to make genuine sustainable change happen. CEO Jason Robinson says the Toronto company’s efforts represent a step change in comparison to many other green initiatives, particularly the use of recycled plastics that fail to offer a substantial benefit in carbon emission reduction. In contrast, Evoco is all about closing the loop on unsustainable goods—for good.

“We use innovative technology to replace conventional petrochemical-derived materials by harnessing the power of nature to create high-performance, sustainable products,” Robinson explains. “We take great care to minimize CO2 emissions by using the carbon naturally stored in plants and not what’s stored in petroleum from 250 million years ago. We avoid the use of artificial, harmful production chemicals, such as tin-based catalysts and solvent-based blowing agents, which are standard in the industry today. Our products have enduring performance, designed to last through longer user cycles. And, at the end of a product’s life, our foams will biodegrade, returning to the earth to start the cycle again.”

Evoco has aimed its eco-friendly efforts at insoles first. Namely, its FATES brand, an eco-foam insole made with up to 80 percent of sustainably sourced plants that cuts partners’ products carbon emissions by up to 70 percent. Customers include Vans, Timberland, Keen and Kodiak. “Consumers favor comfort, quality and the overall performance of products, and FATES over delivers on all these aspects,” Robinson says. In addition, though, he says consumers are concerned about sustainability, and it behooves brands to meet those expectations. “People understand that even something as simple as buying a pair of shoes can have a negative impact on the environment,” he says. “Collectively, we need to take accountability to challenge the status quo, and realize that we are witnessing the beginning of a next gen material revolution.”

Speaking of, Evoco will expand into other components soon. “We’re expanding our FATES material to create midsoles, outsoles (TPU) and, most excitingly, a plant-based leather alternative (PBLA) for uppers,” Robinson says. “Our PBLA will be 85-90 percent plant-based and free of toxic catalysts. There’s opportunity in other industries, as well.” Evoco recently opened its own plant in Vietnam and plans to expand production capabilities in Europe and the U.S. to meet the expected demand.

In the meantime, there’s cleaning up to be done in the shoe biz. “The fashion industry alone contributes 10 percent of global emissions,” Robinson says, adding that as the world’s population grows, the need to find cleaner alternative increases. “As more people buy more clothes, that increases our global carbon footprint. But it’s also an opportunity for more sustainable materials to produce them.” Robinson adds, “We’re just getting started! Evoco will continue to push boundaries through our innovation pipeline to better support the footwear industry and significantly reduce its carbon impact.”

By Footwear Plus

Kicks Over Coffee: FDRA & Evoco

The Science Behind Van’s new EcoCush Insole: A talk with CEO Jason Robinson & FDRA

Check out the latest Kicks over Coffee chat with our CEO Jason Robinson and FDRA’s Andy Polk. They discuss the latest news with Evoco from winning the Drapers Most sustainable initiative award, product certifications and most importantly how FATES insoles deliver on its promise of sustainability with matching performance.

Why are bio-content certifications like USDA BioPreferred important?

We want our partners and their customers to trust that our products are making an impact. That is why we were certified sustainability by USDA Bio-Preferred. What this means is that 72% of our FATES eco-foam insoles are made from plant materials (i.e. new carbon).

New Carbon is a term that refers to carbon of today, so carbon that was created in recent years (i.e plants and animal matter) not oil which was created thousands of years ago.

How does sustainability impact performance?

At Evoco sustainability and performance are synonymous. The technology that powers FATES eco-foam insoles was designed for performance. The development team created a material that allowed for performance factors to be able customized for our customer’s needs while having a sustainable 70% bio-content.

How are we scaling FATES technology to develop all footwear components and creating more value to our partners?

We are scaling the same technology we use for FATES eco-foam and developing all components of a shoe; midsoles, outsoles (TPU), and most excitingly, a plant-based leather alternative (PBLA) for the upper.

At the same time we are expanding our supply chain to serve our partners better. As we get ready to open our Vietnam production facility, it allows us to better develop products for our customers and tailoring our materials for their needs for seamless integration into their supply chain.

Evoco wins Drapers’ Best Sustainable Initiative of the Year

Evoco wins Drapers' best sustainable initiative of the year

Evoco has won a coveted Drapers Footwear Award.

The results of the Drapers Footwear Awards 2022 were revealed on 23 June at the Grosvenor House London, where the footwear industry’s elite c­ame together at a glittering gala ceremony in recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements.

Evoco has won in the best sustainability initiative of the year and was praised by Drapers’ Footwear Awards’ panel of expert judges.

The Drapers submission featured our FATES™ technology and its breakthrough innovation of being 70-80% plant-based and without sacrificing performance.

With global brands using FATES™ insoles in their shoes to create sustainable choices for their consumers. The best part of our eco-foam material is that reduces our brand partners emissions by up to 70% compared to petrochemical based foam.

The awards cover the entire spectrum of the footwear sector, with categories including Best Footwear Campaign, Independent Footwear Retailer of the Year, Women’s Footwear Brand of the Year and the Lifetime Achievement award.

The Drapers Footwear Awards are the most respected and prestigious in the footwear retail industry.

Jill Geoghegan, Drapers editor, said:

“Congratulations to our winners, who continue to demonstrate their ingenuity, resilience, and commitment to community and industry.”

Jason Robinson, CEO of Evoco commented: 

“Incredibly proud of Evoco to be recognized as a sustainable leader in the footwear industry. As we continue to work with our partners, we are just getting started on our mission to close the loop on unsustainable goods.”

About Drapers

Drapers has been the leading authority on fashion retailing in the UK since 6 August 1887.

We provide industry news, insightful analysis, commentary, and key data, as well as a growing portfolio of face-to-face networking opportunities.

From the rise of digital to challenges around sustainability and changing consumer habits, this dynamic industry has undergone many changes over the years. What remains throughout though, is the creativity and passion of those that work within it.

At Drapers we strive to educate, inspire, and connect the newcomers and leaders alike in this innovative sector. Our readers trust us to deliver high-quality, independent journalism that helps them to remain competitive in today’s challenging and fast-changing trading environment.

For more information and view all the winners please visit Drapers’ website

Deputy Prime Minister and the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet L. Yellen visit Evoco

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet L. Yellen visit Evoco

Evoco Ltd. was recently honored to welcome the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Janet Yellen, and Canadian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland to their labs at MaRS Discovery District. As a Canadian start-up selected from a shortlist of innovative companies, Evoco had the incredible opportunity to showcase their commitment to renewable materials and plant-based chemistry, and discuss their plans for greater U.S. investment.

During the visit, CEO Jason Robinson gave them a tour of the facilities, demonstrating how plant-based materials are developed and manufactured on a commercial scale. The tour included showcasing FATES eco-foam and the early stages of Evoco’s novel plant-based leather, giving the guests an inside look into the company’s innovative approach to creating sustainable consumer goods.