Scaling regenerative packaging together
Recycling should be Transparent with Jocelyn Quarrell
57:55Hello, hello! Today we have Bold Reuse CEO Jocelyn Quarrell on the show! Bold Reuse is a Portland, Oregon based company that is building systems which create zero packaging waste, inspired by regenerative systems found in nature. Jocelyn bought the company when it was called GoBox. Before the pandemic, they worked with a lot of food carts - but when the pandemic hit, and they didn't have that same opportunity, Jocelyn had to find another way to keep her company afloat among trying times. Listen to this exciting conversation about recycling, business and transparency! Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
Sustainability is a Low Bar with Ved Krishna
48:00Hello, hello! Today on the show, Ved Krishna takes the guest chair as our producer, Alex Moore interviews Ved on a wide ranging array of topics. Usually the host, Ved is the founder of Pakka Inc - he's had an exciting journey to get to this point, starting from growing up as a kid with a love for nature and the planet, to an always evolving relationship with leaving the planet cleaner. We cover it all in this episode - and also touch on his relationship with his parents and other mentors, how his company Pakka has become what it is today, and if he'll bring back the goatee he used to have. This is such a fun conversation, and it's fantastic to get the other side from Ved, who finally gets to answer - what is Good Garbage? Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
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Utilizing Resources in their Next Life with Saloni Doshi
58:27Hello, hello! Saloni Doshi is the CEO and "Chief Sustainability Geek" of Ecoenclose. Ecoenclose offers Earth-friendly shipping solutions and guidance. They push for material circularity and to create an Ecoally community. Saloni and her team have a purity of intent, and there is so much thought that goes into every product they create. In this conversation, Saloni talks about her experience and what led her to Ecoenclose, and also answers questions about the work environment she has helped create, and why the beginning of life is just as important to the end of life for regenerative packaging. This is an exciting and insightful conversation. Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
PHA and the Circularity of Materials with Daniel Carraway
43:11Hello, hello! Daniel Carraway is the CEO & Co-Founder of RWDC Industries, a biotech company working with nature to produce materials we use in our daily lives. RWDC is a commercial producer of PHA. PHA is an biopolymer made through microbial fermentation of plant-based oils. In this conversation, Ved and Daniel talk about the technology, application and capabilities of this material. They also speak about the success RWDC has had raising money, and how it can be a model for aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators. In this episode, Daniel answers what usages their are for PHA, and which one he is most excited for. Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
Innovating Products at a Commercial Scale with Mark Remmert
49:52Hello, hello! Mark Remmert is the CEO of Green Dot Bioplastics, a Kansas-based producer of bio-resins for packaging and other single-use applications. Mark built Green Dot as an innovation and research organization, inventing a compostable rubber alternative and, more recently, a compostable living hinge. But soon Mark realized the impact that Green Dot’s products could have on our plastic pollution problem, and he decided to take the organization to a commercial scale. In today’s episode, Mark answers the question, how can a regenerative materials company grow from an innovative idea to a commercial product? Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
Nature-Inspired Solutions for Flexible Packaging with Sven Seevers
50:05Hello, hello! Sven Seevers is co-founder and CTO of Repaq, a developer, designer, and distributor of regenerative flexible packaging solutions. Based in Germany, Repaq’s compostable products tackle one of the most challenging problems with plastic-free packaging: multilayer flexible films. After watching a TEDx Talk by Cradle2Cradle co-founder Dr. Michael Braungart, Sven was inspired to quit his corporate job and start the company with the help of his wife and best man. In today’s conversation, Sven explains that we need to look to nature for creative solutions to circular economy challenges. Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Add to the conversation by using #goodgarbage on social media! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
Finding Value in ‘Garbage’ with Gabriel Salazar
52:34Hello, hello! Gabriel Salazar is the co-founder and CEO of Biorgani, a Guatemala-based company making bio-based and compostable resins from agricultural waste products. Gabriel is passionate about the planet and people, and Biorgani’s goal is to produce high-quality, cost-effective products to replace single-use plastics. In this conversation, Gabriel answers several questions: Why should we embrace a new business model, where everyone benefits - both people and the planet? And how can we make a meaningful impact by finding value in what would otherwise be garbage? Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to turn on notifications and leave us a review!
Storytelling, Circularity, & Zero-Waste Systems with Chris Oestereich
55:27Hello, hello! Chris Oesterich is an author, founder, professor, and innovator focused on solving the world’s big problems. Chris founded Linear to Circular, an organization dedicated to implementing zero-waste solutions by reducing, reusing, and diverting waste. He also co-founded the Circular Design Lab with a few colleagues from Thammasat University, bringing local people together to brainstorm solutions to social and environmental challenges. He is a jack of all trades and a perpetual thinker! In this conversation, Chris answers the question, how can storytelling and systems thinking help us implement a truly circular economy?
Leading Change as a Sustainability Entrepreneur with Kevin Kumala
38:32Hello, hello! Kevin Kumala is the co-founder and Chief Green Officer of Avani, an Indonesia-based producer and distributor of renewable, compostable alternatives to traditional plastic packaging. Kevin is a serial entrepreneur and social figure, having started the #IAmNotPlastic to encourage companies to be real and adopt sustainable alternatives to plastic products. He's also famous for his Tedx talk, in which he dissolves one of Avani's biodegradable bags in water and drinks it! In this episode, Kevin answers the question, how are sustainability entrepreneurs making a positive impact on our planet?
Financing Agave and Agro-Waste Products with Dillon Baxter
44:20Hello, hello! Dillon Baxter is the co-founder and CEO of PlantSwitch, a startup creating regenerative products from agave and other plant-based feedstocks. PlantSwitch recently closed a $3.2 million seed fund, making them a prime example of a startup that balances profit and sustainability. In this conversation, Dillon answers the question - how can you combine finance expertise and sustainability tech to scale a profitable and impactful business? Never miss an episode by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter! Don’t forget to leave us a review!