The world has reached a critical point in the transition to a circular economy, which can solve many environmental and social challenges. The company I lead, HomeBiogas, is leading the change towards a circular economy in organic waste management, enabling a zero waste and net-zero greenhouse gas-emission world. 

HomeBiogas systems easily convert organic waste into biogas and biofertilizer onsite. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions — especially methane — and promoting sustainable practices, we are also producing valuable resources for homes, buildings, farms and restaurants, as they can significantly reduce waste management costs, pollution and energy consumption.

We are motivated by our belief that every element in life serves a purpose. Rather than seeing waste as a problem, we see it as an opportunity to create something meaningful.

“Rather than seeing waste as a problem, we see it as an opportunity to create something meaningful.”

Our efficient systems, now available in over 100 countries on six continents, allow users to get out as much as they put in. By producing clean cooking gas, water heating, and organic fertilizer onsite, farmers become independent with their own organic fertilizer, families enjoy their own sustainable energy source, and businesses benefit from reduced operational costs.

Waste-to-biogas pioneer: Oshik Efrati
Oshik Efrati. Photo by Noi Einav

The biggest challenge I had to overcome was raising money for HomeBiogas, which I founded with Yair Teller and Erez Lanzer in 2012 following my career building water purification and hydration systems.

At the start, we worked mostly with developing countries, where we replaced polluting fuels with clean cooking gas. Investors found it hard to envision how our product could be a global solution. In addition, our product deals with gas and waste, which can be seen as hazardous. However, we managed to make it compact, user-friendly, secure and accessible, thus overcoming this challenge.

Our future impact will be measured by the number of people who adopt our waste-to-resource solutions and the positive changes that they experience as a result. We hope to continue to expand our reach and influence, creating a more sustainable world where everyone treats their organic waste onsite and turns it into valuable resources.