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60 Most Innovative Illinois Based Sustainability Companies & Startups

This article showcases our top picks for the best Illinois based Sustainability companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Sustainability industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
    • Innovative ideas
    • Innovative route to market
    • Innovative product
  • Growth
    • Exceptional growth
    • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Top Illinois Sustainability Startups

Data sourced from Crunchbase and SemRush.

LanzaTech

LanzaTech

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Creating new economic opportunities for companies, communities and countries around the world.

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Rheaply provides a platform that enables organizations to exchange materials and resources effectively.

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Aqua Cultured Foods

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Fermentation based whole cut seafood alternative.

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Natural Fiber Welding

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Natural Fiber Welding develops a technology that can use plants and natural fibers to make textiles and other durable items.

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Nature’s Fynd

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Nature’s Fynd is a food company that makes nutritional vegan protein from a microbe.

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Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT

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Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT is a food and farmland company that povides land security to organic farmers.

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Energize Ventures

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Energize Ventures is a leading global alternative investment manager focused on the digitization of energy and sustainable industry.

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Elevate

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Elevate is a non-profit organization that operates with a mission to provide affordable heat, power and water resources to the communities.

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Earnest Agriculture

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Waste recycling, soil amendment manufacturing, microbe research

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL)

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UL is a global independent safety science company offering expertise across five key strategic businesses: Product Safety, Environment,

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GreenPoint Partners

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GreenPoint Partners delivers energy management and sustainability consulting services for commercial real estate owners.

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Perkins & Will

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Perkins & Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm.

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Lenuco

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Lenuco develops a revolutionary energy source capable of providing clean and affordable energy.

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Tawani Foundation

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Tawani Foundation is a grant making organization that helps organizations involved in military awareness, human rights, and more.

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Ambitech

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Ambitech is a full-service provider of engineering design services with deep expertise in Front-End Loading work.

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Handi-Foil

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Handi-Foil is an aluminum container manufacturer that makes pans and lids from green and recycled materials.

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PortionPac Chemical Corporation

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PortionPac Chemical Corporation is a chemical company manufacturing highly concentrated, pre-measured cleaning products.

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Bio Bidet

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Bio Bidet is a recognized leader in bathroom technology and sustainability.

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DS Containers

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DS Containers is a manufacturer company of steel can and aluminum can.

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Capexpert

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CapExpert is the medical device marketplace that enables better, faster and smarter procurement and medical equipment management.

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Climastry

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Climastry brings teams together to analyze, assess, and report on their sustainability journey.

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Organix Recycling

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Organix Recycling diverts food recyclables from landfills to more environmentally sustainable solutions.

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EV Energy Group

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We sell electric car charging solutions designed to help accelerate the adoption of EV sales worldwide.

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Strategos

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Strategos is a global strategy and innovation consulting firm that helps companies make innovation happen.

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FarmedHere

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FarmedHere is an indoor commercial vertical farm creating local produce and local jobs in a sustainable farming environment.

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Clareo Partners

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Clareo Partners help leaders adapt their businesses and create new ways to grow in rapidly changing markets.

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Sev-Rend

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Sev-Rend is a packaging products manufacturer that offers tag, label application, and product identification services for commodity goods.

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eWaterPay

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Using mobile technology for the accountable collection of user fees to pay for the maintenance of water supply systems forever.

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Bradley Systems

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Bradley Systems provides cleaning solutions and products.

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Biorgani

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Bio resins for the plastics industry.

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Danaco Solutions

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Danaco Solutions management consulting firm that offers supply chain procurement, food safety, quality check, and sustainability services.

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Center for Neighborhood Technology

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The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) is involved in promoting more livable and sustainable urban communities.

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Grassroots Team, LLC

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Grassroots Team, LLC is a community mobilization organization.

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Pioneer Industries International

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Pioneer Industries International provides a full spectrum of industrial recycling services promoting sustainability.

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Championntainerrp

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Champion Container Corp is a sustainability company located in Wood Dale.

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Smart-Fab

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Smart-Fab is a printing company that provides creates colorful, innovative products and services.

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Harvest Moon Sustainable Ventures

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Harvest Moon creates high quality full spectrum oils and distillatefor use in everyday healing hemp products

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Centre for Sustainability and Excellence

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Centre for Sustainability and Excellence offers impact assessment services, corporate strategic planning, ESG rating, and training programs.

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MarketSquare

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MarketSquare is an online marketplace that enables its users to buy and sell furniture and décor.

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Village Industrial Power

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Village Industrial Power creates biomass-based steam energy with the goal of revolutionizing village industrial power.

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Vonachen Group

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Vonachen Group is a facility maintenance and janitorial service company that creates a cleaner, safer, and healthier environment.

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Demonica Kemper Architects

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Demonica Kemper Architects is an architecture, planning, they primarily focus on higher education, corporate interiors.

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Switch Fresh

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Switch Fresh is a reusable, refillable personal care startup that delivers a patented deodorant system to consumers’ via subscription.

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Green Building & Design

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Green Building & Design is a magazine that publishes content on environmental conservation and sustainable building solutions.

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Farm Foundation

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Farm Foundation provides practical solutions including market development, conservation, and sustainability services for agriculture.

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Metropolitan Planning Council

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Metropolitan Planning Council is a non-profit organization that helps in developing and implementing solutions for rapid regional growth.

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Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture

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Lothan Van Hook DeStefano Architecture offers programming, design, planning, interiors, sustainability, and LEED consulting.

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Carbon to Clean

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Carbon To Clean is an investment community dedicated to renewable energy and sustainable technology investing.

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World Engagement Institute

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World Engagement Institute aims to connect international development professionals with universities and international organizations.

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Smart Plastic Technologies

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Smart Plastic Technologies specializes in sustainability disruption in the waste management, environmental, and human wellness space.

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Promet processing

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Promet processing specializes in coil slitting of stainless steel, aluminum and other carbon based materials.

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Openlands

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Openlands protects the natural and open spaces of northeastern Illinois and the surrounding region.

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Moss Architecture and Design

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moss is a full-service architecture and urban design studio in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago.

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New Community Project

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NCP provides resources that focused on environmental sustainability and social justice that essential for a peaceful human community.

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Parc Corporation

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PARC Corporation offers plastic recycling services for all forms of plastics in all conditions.

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Air Diffusion Systems

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Air Diffusion Systems offers water and wastewater treatment solutions.

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Form5 Prosthetics

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Form5 Prosthetics is a nonprofit manufacturing company that provides 3D printed eco-friendly prosthetics for distressed people.

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CulinaryCulture

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CulinaryCulture, a web-based platform, connects food lovers with one another by sharing recipes and places, and creating dinner parties.

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Onyx

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Onyx is a provider of sustainable food service products, cleaning solutions, paper products, and commercial kitchen equipments.

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Midwest Companies

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Midwest Companies offers waste management, recycling, dumpster rental, organic composting, and environmental sustainability services.

Written by Mark Smith

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