Each year we celebrate ecological heroes as part of our ECO Coin Award and this year is no different. Have you seen an inspiring person who is making the world a more sustainable place? Let us know!

Why an ECO Coin (Award?)

Consider this: When you cut a tree and sell the wood, you will earn money. When you plant a tree, you are creating value, but you won’t get paid. In short, our ecology and economy are out of balance. That's why we launched the ECO Coin, an alternative currency to express environmental value. This is how we connect economy and ecology. Learn more about the ECO Coin.

The ECO Coin Award then, honors outstanding ecological heroes of all kinds. It seeks to inspire others by showcasing the projects that work with nature and technology in innovative ways.

What are you looking for in a winner?

We search for people working on projects that are community driven, use nature and technology in an innovative way, and share their knowledge with others. It could be someone working on a new sustainable energy source, a person developing a greener transportation system or somebody who seeks to clean polluted air. There's just one rule: It should be a person (so Burger King introducing vegan burgers does not apply, sorry).

Who are the previous winners of the ECO Coin Award?

In 2015, we handed out our first ECO Coin award to Yoyo Yogasamana for his digitalization of sustainable knowledge to preserve more than 130 existing rice varieties without any use of insecticides. In 2016 the award was given to Dave Hakkens for his ambitious open source precious plastics recycling machine. In 2017, Sandra Rey won the award for her work in the field of bioluminescence. In 2018, we handed the award to Elzelinde Doleweerd for utilizing the technology of 3D printing to upcycle food waste into edible products.

How to nominate someone today?

That's easy, simply head to ecocoin.com and share your nomination (and yes, you can nominate yourself). You can also nominate someone by commenting on this story below.

? Deadline for submissions: 1 December 2019.

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