Show #265 – Mark Herrema on Replacing Plastic with AirCarbon

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And on this week’s show!

This week continuing our eco disruptor interviews, I interview Mark Herrema. Did you ever believe we might be able to stop using plastic and replace it with something that won’t harm people and planet? Well, it may just be possible with AirCarbon and I’m very excited to see where this goes. Mark Herrema is the co-founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies. In 2003, Mark co-founded Newlight with a vision of using greenhouse gas as a resource to make high-performance sustainable materials. After a decade of research, Mark and his team developed a technology that uses a natural process found in the ocean to make a material called AirCarbon. AirCarbon is a meltable energy storage molecule made in almost all known living things that are strong, meltable, and ocean-degradable.

AirCarbon is now being used to replace plastic in single-use food ware, fashion products, and a variety of other applications. Newlight has been honoured to receive recognition as “Biomaterial of the Year” by the Nova Institute, “Innovation of the Year” by Popular Science, and “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, Newlight was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, and has since garnered over 15 years of expertise in process engineering, polymer functionalization, and strategic business development. I hope you enjoy this discovery as much as I have, hearing Mark’s story and the development of something truly disruptive in the plastics space.

About Mark Herrema

Mark Herrema is the co-founder and CEO of Newlight Technologies.

In 2003, Mark co-founded Newlight with a vision of using greenhouse gas as a resource to make high-performance sustainable materials.

After a decade of research, Mark and his team developed a technology that uses a natural process found in the ocean to make a material called AirCarbon. AirCarbon is a meltable energy storage molecule made in almost all known living things that are strong, meltable, and ocean-degradable.

AirCarbon is now being used to replace plastic in single-use foodware, fashion products, and a variety of other applications. Newlight has been honored to receive recognition as “Biomaterial of the Year” by the Nova Institute, “Innovation of the Year” by Popular Science, and “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum. In 2016, Newlight was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Mark graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and has since garnered over 15 years of expertise in process engineering, polymer functionalization, and strategic business development.

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