Petey Peterson of Austin start-up Local Charcoal diverts organic waste from the landfill to create premium charcoal products. He partners with sawmills, carpenters and landscapers, for supply, cooks it in home-made "retorts" (barrel-like devices for creating charcoal), then sells it as either lump charcoal for grilling and biochar for agricultural uses.
He needs a bigger retort, and is in the midst of a Indiegogo campaign to fund it. We think Petey is cool, and love his products. You can buy the lump charcoal at Thom's Market, in.gredients, and a variety of other places.
News from AFI; Links to stories on business-for-good, private-company investing, fundraising, & sustainable food.