Good Garbage with Ved KrishnaNov 10, 2022
No More Plastics in Landfills with Will Ghali
Hello, hello! In Ved's conversation with Will Ghali, CEO of Ecosurety - he puts Will in charge. Will gives his opinions of what regulations he would put in place if he were in charge of policy for packaging and waste - as well as what year he thinks there will be no more waste in landfills by.
The year is a lot sooner than you think.
Making Garbage Disappear with Sharon Barak
Hello, hello! We heard Sharon Barak speak at the Rethinking Materials conference, and were amazed by her company Solutum, their products, and her.
As she showed off her product completely dissolving in water, and her dedication to the solving the plastic problem - it was a no brainer to have her on Good Garbage, to talk about sustianable packaging, regeneration, and a love for leaving the planet cleaner.
Sharon is also the second guest in a row we have had on from Israel - the timing just worked out like this, and we are happy to give both her and Daphna an opportunity to escape the reality of what is happening around them. We wish for peace and safety to everyone in that area.
Intuitive Packaging with Daphna Nissenbaum
Hello, hello! It's been a dream of ours to have TIPA represented on the Good Garbage podcast, and what better way for the dream to come true then with CEO Daphna Nissenbaum.
Her journey in this industry started on a jog, when she thought about how we would package if there was no packaging at all. Daphna came to the conclusion that all packaging needs to be compostable, and needs to have the ability to go into the organic waste stream.
The Storytelling of Science with Love-Ese Chile
From the moment we first spoke with Love-Ese Chile, we knew the managing owner of Regenerative Waste Labs was special. The way she speaks about complicated scientific processes, making them so easy to understand through fun narratives - had us listening closely at every word.
She has a bright future in front of her - and her love for waste, packaging and making the world cleaner leaves us excited for the future.
No More Linear Thinking with Stefan Barot
Hello, hello! The CEO of Biotec, Stefan Barot joins Ved Krishna this week on Good Garbage - and he had a lot to teach us.
His science background, and infinite knowledge of systems gave Ved plenty of questions to ask and so much to talk about. Enjoy the conversation as the two cover the circular economy, waste streams and what must change in the industry, and world.
We Need New Materials with Mark Lapping
Hello, hello! Mark Lapping is the CEO of Aquapak, a leading specialty polymers business. Mark's career has taken him through a stint in the army, a trek through Africa, into the packaging industry - to where he is now at Aquapak.
Mark often talks about always wanting to climb the mountain, and the challenge that he embraced most recently, was seeing Aquapak and following them until he decided he wanted to work there. Ved and him bond over there mutual love for taking on challenges, packaging and leaving the planet cleaner!
Second Life & Value Streams with Cory Connors
Hello, hello! Cory Connors is a fellow podcaster, Portlander and sustainable packaging expert! With everything Ved and him have in common, we had to have him on the show to talk packaging, recycling, and more.
Cory is the director of sustainable packaging for Orora Packaging Solutions as well, so Ved talked to him about his position there, and what they offer on a global level. Enjoy the converation.
A Global Effort with Cee Azerraf & Shaul Lapidot
Hello, hello! Cee Azerraf & Shaul Lapidot both work for Melodea, where Shaul is the CEO and Cee is the VP of Sales and Marketing. Both have worn different hats while there and have known Ved for quite some time.
Their experience in the industry is fascinating, and their knowledge is vast - as they dive into a number of topics on this episode of Good Garbage, including how they got here, what Melodea does, and how they are working towards a cleaner planet.
About Melodea: Melodea develops innovative sustainable products for various industries. Melodea offers environmentally friendly oxygen, oil & grease and water vapor barrier coatings that allow the paper and packaging industries to replace existing materials that are harmful to the environment with an eco-friendly, recyclable alternative without compromising on performance.
A Culture of Discard with Steve Davies
Steve Davies, VP, performance packaging of NatureWorks joins us on Good Garbage this week, and we were so lucky to have him on the show.
He'll cover a number of topics with Ved, including stories of visiting the landfill (it was called a dump back then), his journey to NatureWorks, and everything they're accomplishing with PLA. Enjoy the conversation.
Waste is Ubiquitous with Daniela Engelberg
When we heard about the company UBQ - we knew we had to have them on the show. On this episode - Daniela Engelberg, digital marketing lead for UBQ joins us to talk about the work she and UBQ are accomplishing, and it has us so hopeful for the future of waste.
Women & Diversity in Waste with Claudia Amos
Claudia Amos, technical director at Anthesis and host of the Wise Women in Waste podcast joins Ved on the latest episode of Good Garbage!
Claudia's immense knowledge and passion for waste has brought her to where she is today. Now with her podcast, she is looking to empower women in this industry and make sure that everybody knows, we must do this together.
Societal Change & Different Perspectives with Neil Morris
In May of 2023, our team at the Good Garbage podcast were completely blown away by Neil Morris and a presentation he gave at the Rethinking Materials conference in London. The next month, we had him on the podcast, and he was just as intriguing as before. From the Bosnian War, to becoming the CEO of a seaweed company, his journey is exciting and inspiring.
Observing your Actions with Dinesh Tadepalli
Hello, hello! Dinesh Tadepalli has accomplished so much - he's been on Shark Tank, had a long conversation with Mark Cuban, sold his home, won awards, all while not taking a single dime from his company until they sell 100 million spoons. Dinesh is the CEO of Incredible Eats, an edible cutlery company.
After eating ice cream with his daughter one day, Dinesh was motivated to help with our plastic problem. Using a spoon for a short time only to throw it away didn't sit right with him, especially while thinking about his daughter's future. You'll hear about all this and more on this - the latest episode of Good Garbage!
End of Life Infrastructure with Svanika Balasubramanian
We were absolutely blown away by everything Svanika Balasubramanian has accomplished and at such a young age! The CEO of RePurpose Global, the company that has led on plastic credits, is making huge differences in this world - and we wanted to hear about it all. From her roots in Oman, to her life in London now, follow her amazing story and listen to everything she has to say about leaving our planet cleaner.
Waste will own Everything with Tom Szaky
Hello, hello! The CEO of TerraCycle Tom Szaky joins the show this week - and he presented Ved with a different perspective on Good Garbage. Tom has built TerraCycle from when he was just a college student at Princeton, to the recycling giant it has become today. They recycle everything, from cigarettes to razors.
This conversation was fantastic, and covered all the topics from composting to recycling, and the fundamental differences that the two have as they come together for the same goal. There is even a part of the episode where Tom asks Ved how much he would pay for a bag of poop. Enjoy!
Minimizing Waste & Material Value with Savannah Seydel
Hello, hello! On the show this week we have Savannah Seydel - she's the Vice President of sustainability for Better Earth - and while her career is incredibly impressive, so is her ability to live a sustainable life. With her husband, she has created a family that does everything possible to make the planet cleaner. She talks a lot in this episode about what we can realistically do to make the planet cleaner, and how we can also use policy to make changes, while also living a life that leaves the planet better every step of the way.
A Recirculating Material Economy with Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli
Hello, hello! With a title like #trashnerd - we knew Meredith Danberg-Ficarelli was going to be exciting to talk to, and she lived up to that expectation in more. It starts with her time spent in Lebanon, where she taught herself to do a waste audit - and her depth of knowledge just grows from there. Her company WATS (Waste Administration + Tracking Software) presents solutions to huge waste issues. We hope you enjoy this fantastic conversation.
Benefiting our Ecosystem through Waste with Scott Fulbright
Hello, hello! We are so lucky to have a passionate, smart guest like Living Ink CEO Scott Fulbright on the Good Garbage podcast. In this episode, you’ll hear him talk about studying marine biology as a college student in Michigan (which is really far away from oceans by the way) and how he used to miss football games to look through a microscope. It’s a fantastic conversation and Scott’s excitement, knowledge and passion for his company show in just the tone of his voice.
Recycling should be Transparent with Jocelyn Quarrell
Hello, 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!
Sustainability is a Low Bar with Ved Krishna
Hello, 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?
Utilizing Resources in their Next Life with Saloni Doshi
Hello, 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.
PHA and the Circularity of Materials with Daniel Carraway
Hello, 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.
Innovating Products at a Commercial Scale with Mark Remmert
Hello, 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?
Nature-Inspired Solutions for Flexible Packaging with Sven Seevers
Hello, 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.
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Finding Value in ‘Garbage’ with Gabriel Salazar
Hello, 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?
Storytelling, Circularity, & Zero-Waste Systems with Chris Oestereich
Hello, 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
Hello, 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
Hello, 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?
Advocating for Plant-Based Products with Jessica Bowman
Hello, hello! Jessica Bowman is the Executive Director of the Plant Based Products Council (PBPC), an organization dedicated to the expanded use of renewable, plant-based materials to support a circular economy. PBPC has two key goals: to advocate for policy that supports plant-based products, and to educate consumers and policymakers on the benefits of plant-based products. In this conversation, Jessica answers the question - how will renewable feedstocks advance our efforts for a truly regenerative circular economy?
Changing the Way We Think About Paper with Paul Krochak
Hello, hello! Paul Krochak is the Director for Research and Business Development at RISE Research Institute of Sweden, a research center dedicated to finding innovative solutions for our most puzzling challenges. Paul has worked with RISE for nearly 13 years, collaborating with brands and conducting research around paper and cellulose. In this episode, he delves into the science of paper packaging and fiber performance. Paul answers the question - how can a systems perspective revolutionize the future of paper packaging?
Doing Good Business & Treating the Planet Right with Ho Ren Hua
Hello hello! Ho Ren Hua is the CEO of Thai Wah, a global leader in the production and distribution of tapioca- and starch-based food products. Founded 75 years ago by Ren’s grandparents, Thai Wah has recently branched out into the bioplastics industry. Their ROSECO series is tapioca-based and both home and industrial compostable. In this episode, Ren and Ved discuss how family values play an important role in building a sustainable business. And Ren answers the question - how do you do good business while treating people (and the planet) right?
Thank you to Ho Ren Hua for sustaining his family’s legacy, ensuring that tomorrow’s world is cleaner and brighter for the next generation.