2019 U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize Winners

Congratulations to the three winners – Circular Toys, SoluSave, and STP Sports – who each received $5,000 to develop their idea further at the inaugural U of T Sustainability Innovation Prize on June 12th.

Circular Toys

Keri Damen (U of T Entrepreneurship) and Daniel McKee (Circular Toys)

Circular Toys is a circular economies company where families, schools, and individuals subscribe to receive eco-friendly toy packages that stimulate the child’s mind and encourages teamwork.


Keri Damen (U of T Entrepreneurship), John Benedict Russell (SoluSave), and Leanna Smid (SoluSave)

SoluSave’s goal is to build a device to recycle solvents that are used in undergraduate laboratories to cost effectively reduce waste. The recycler would be optimized for easy use, high purity, and scalability for different common solvents, beginning with acetone.

STP Sports

Paulina Szlachta (STP Sports), Tom Chen (STP Sports) and Keri Damen (U of T Entrepreneurship)

STP Sports aims to reduce the environmental footprint produced at professional sporting events by optimizing closed-loop supply chains and diverting waste from landfill. Also, to effectively and efficiently capture the value in organic waste produced at these events.