A game changing solution to plastic pollution

 

Our Mission

Radical Plastics has developed a game changing solution to plastic pollution. Our patent pending technology involves blending conventional plastics with a proprietary, naturally-occurring catalyst to make plastic compounds that are completely biodegradable in the natural environment.  Our initial target market is soil degradable compounds for agricultural film, a $4B market.

 

In 2020 and beyond Radical Plastics will bring this technology to a market where it can really make a difference, Flexible Packaging. With Radical Plastics, brand owners will be able to create packaging with a finite lifespan. Radical Plastics is providing an economically viable, drop-in replacement solution for conventional plastics that are fully biodegradable. AND they can be recycled along with regular plastics! So, let's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and REDESIGN plastics so they don't persist in our environment!

Learn More about Radical Plastics

 

Meet Radical Plastics

THE PROBLEM

Plastics are one of the most important inventions of the last century. They’re strong, lightweight, cost-effective materials that have transformed our lives.  Plastics is a $650 Billion dollar industry.  But plastics have a problem.  They don’t go away.  In fact, around 80% of all the plastics ever made are still here

We produce around 380 million tons of plastic each year.  And around a quarter of that is packaging which usually has a lifespan of less than one year. If the present trend continues, by 2050, there will be 12 billion tons of plastic in landfills. That is 35,000 times the weight of the Empire State Building.

Currently, only around 4% of plastics are actually recycled. And as more countries turn away incoming shipments of plastics, the problem is only worsening.  In addition, it's been estimated that around 8 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, threatening wildlife and human health. 

This is a problem that requires a

radical solution.

THE TECHNOLOGY

At Radical Plastics, we’ve developed a technology that involves blending conventional plastics with a proprietary, naturally-occurring catalyst.  When properly compounded, this catalyst has the ability to render plastic biodegradable in the natural environment.

 

This two-stage degradation process begins with a chemical phase, in which the long polymer molecules are broken down to smaller components by a free radical mechanism.

 

This triggers a second, biological phase in which microorganisms in the environment see these components as food and metabolize the material turning it into biomass, CO2 and water.

Radical Plastics was invited to discuss this novel technology in a webinar sponsored by Sustainable Minds.  A recording of this webinar can be be found here.  

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OUR VISION

Radical Plastics technology can make a significant contribution in the battle against plastic pollution.  By replacing existing, non-degradable plastics with biodegradable compounds from Radical Plastics, converters and brand owners can enjoy the outstanding properties of conventional plastics with the added benefit of complete biodegradability.

 

The initial target market for Radical Plastics is soil degradable films for agriculture. Farmers use approximately 2.6 billion pounds of plastic mulch film each year.  99% of this film is non-degradable. By providing plastic films that have the same physical properties, but don't need to be collected at the end of the season, Radical Plastics can save the farmer time and money while reducing overall environmental impact.

Radical Plastics plans to expand this technology to the flexible packaging and single use plastics market by 2021.

For more information, please contact Radical Plastics at ktaylor@radical-plastics.com.

OUR TEAM

Yelena Kann, PhD - CTO / Cofounder

  

  • PhD, Chemistry & MS, Polymer Engineering & Technology

  • 25+ years in industry and academia, Over 20 patents and patent applications in Bioplastics, Polymer Chemistry & Color Technology, Over 30 published papers

  • Work experience: Lynn Plastics, Metabolix Bioplastics, Sabic (formerly GE Plastics), Eink

Kristin Taylor - CEO / Cofounder

 

  • MS, Plastics Engineering

  • 20+ years in Market Development for commodity, engineering and biobased / biodegradable plastics

  • Work Experience: ExxonMobil, Metabolix Bioplastics, Sabic  (formerly GE Plastics), Huntsman Corporation

 

Contact Us

Dr. Yelena Kann, Founder / CTO

ykann@radical-plastics.com

Tel: 617-320-9663

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Kristin Taylor, Co-founder / CEO

ktaylor@radical-plastics.com

Tel: 617-909-9032