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Bug Factory: UK entrepreneur launches sustainable pet feed start-up

by LLB Reporter
7th Dec 22 12:39 pm

The Bug Factory are providing the future of sustainable pet feed and are launching its line of environmentally friendly hardware for pet owners across the world.

The Bug Factory manufactures eco-growing pods designed for people’s homes that harnefss insect power to recycle food waste and convert it into pet food and plant fertilizer. The pods are manufactured from recycled British fridge and freezers and aim to empower consumers to create their own affordable, sustainable and continuous source of animal feed while recycling their uneaten fruit.

Founded in 2019, The Bug Factory was born after British entrepreneur Thomas Constant received a School Design Award at Loughborough University for the initial concept in 2018. Two years later, the company successfully launched on Kickstarter receiving 420% funding. The past two years have been spent conducting extensive research through customer data, global trends, retailer interest and market validation.

Thomas Constant, CEO and Founder of The Bug Factory, said: “In the pandemic, pet ownership went through the roof as the country pivoted to working from home and simultaneously, we as a nation have shown an increasing interest in sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions to our everyday lives. Insects are incredibly sustainable – they use a fraction of the land, energy and resources that traditional livestock do. Our ecosystems provide a constant supply of fresh, juicy mealworms perfect for pets and we’re super excited to launch our solution to pet-owners today in the comfort of their own home.”

“The Bug Factory products are simply a must-have for anyone who spends far too much money on live pet feed” said Emzotic, Pet YouTuber and one of the first people to try out the new line. Having the ability to harvest my own Mealworms has cut my monthly mealworm expenses down from $30 to zero. All I need to do now is throw in some of my suitable scraps, rotate a few trays and enjoy the harvest – would highly recommend!.”

The Bug Factory’s products will be rolled out in stores across the UK and the US and available online internationally. This launch comes after an extensive beta testing period conducted on over 400 customers with an array of industry-leading awards on The Bug Factory and Thomas’ roster, including; Innovate UK Awards 21/22, Barclays Bank Entrepreneur of the Year 21/22, Top 30 UK Founders Award and Top Five Global Insect Start-Up Award.

Michael White, Director of The Incubator Shop, said, “As a retailer of poultry and livestock breeding, we’re hugely excited to introduce The Bug Factory to our customer-base. The product range fits perfectly with the sustainability and self-sufficiency goals of our customers – providing an affordable, eco-friendly source of protein for their birds and animals. The Bug Factory is a much needed solution in today’s economic climate.”

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