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Kadalys

Upcycling banana waste to create raw materials and cosmetics, nutraceuticals and functional foods and drinks

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Shirley Billot

Founder & CEO at Kadalys

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Employees 1–5
Headquarters Martinique
Every year, 22 million tons of bananas are thrown away simply because they are “ugly” or misshapen. That's 20% of the world's production and the equivalent of more than 2,000 Eiffel Towers. Kadalys is the first eco-conscious company specializing in upcycling banana agri-waste into organic and patented bio-actives that are clinically proven to promote skin health and renewal. 

A company with a sense of purpose and an early adopter of the circular economy model, Kadalys helps preserve the natural environment by reducing food waste, a leading contributor to climate change. Every Kadalys product is made with banana plant extracts and reflects the founder’s strong commitment to her French West Indian heritage, the wider community, and the environment. With a vision for creating a caring, eco-conscious beauty company, Kadalys was founded on three pillars: circular economy, green chemistry and inclusive capitalism (every planting partner is also a shareholder). Currently, Kadalys products are sold in 4 continents across the world through online and retail distribution channels.

Notable Achievements

  • Patents: 3 biochemistry patents (2 more in progress), 3 bio-actives developed & already used in formulas. Supported by Public funds (EU, FR
  • Awards: 9 beauty awards in France in 2020 + the Best Blue Beauty Brand Award of the year in the US for 2021
  • Recognition: The only French company selected by the Google for Start Up Program for Black founders in 2020

Currently Operating in 28 Regions

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