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Global Cleantech Innovation Award has gone to Saathi Eco Innovations

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NEW DELHI: This year's Global Cleantech Innovation Award has gone to Saathi Eco Innovations, an Ahmedabad-based startup, for developing a technology to make fully biodegradable and compostable sanitary pads made from waste banana tree fibre. 

Saathi Eco competed with startups from Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey to bag the top award at 2018 GCIP Global Week and Cleantech Open Global Forum in Los Angeles on January 30, according to a press statement. 

NavAlt Solar & Electric Boats from Cochin that runs India's first solar-power ferry in Kerala won in the Global Category Award for Renewable Energy. 

Aspartika Biotech from Bengaluru won the Global Category Award for Waste Beneficiation for using discarded silkworm pupa to produce Omega-3 fatty acids for enriching poultry feed. 

The Global Runner-Up Award went to TOM-CASAVA of Thailand for making activated carbon products from cassava stump that reduce CO2 emissions. Delphisonic and Biolive from Turkey, and GROW from Thailand were the other category winners. 

Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) is a joint initiative of Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and is conducted in partnership with Cleantech Open, a Los Angeles-based cleantech incubator. Each startup involved receives training, mentoring, and promotion, and is put in contact with potential investors, customers and partners through participation in the programme, said the statement.