The NatureBacked Podcast

Turning Plastics Greener and Cheaper With Applied Bioplastics' Alex Blum

January 09, 2023 Single.Earth Season 2 Episode 19
The NatureBacked Podcast
Turning Plastics Greener and Cheaper With Applied Bioplastics' Alex Blum
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A trip to a refugee camp in Bangladesh led to a documentary and sowed the seeds for a material startup, which promises to cut plastics production costs and emissions using cellulose, said Alex Blum, founder of Applied Bioplastics.

“What we’ve done by mixing cellulose with regular plastic in a way that is inexpensive to accomplish is that we’ve created a replacement for durable plastics that cost less than the original plastic while cutting the carbon footprint in half,” Blum said.

Learn more about:

  • Details of one of the weirdest founding stories
  • Why is the adoption of bioplastics limited so far?
  • How to scale material innovation globally fast 
  • Should you be proud when you staff $3 a day?

Applied Bioplastics team of 20 has so far raised $1.2 million and seeks to raise a further $1.24 million. You can check their campaign on Raise Green platform through this LINK.

Blum’s “Blossoms From Ash” documentary about the Rohingya genocide won several awards and is available on Amazon.

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