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Radical Plastics, Inc.

a radical solution to plastic pollution

 

Our Story

Radical Plastics has developed a game changing solution to plastic pollution. After spending decades in the plastics industry and seeing the impact of these materials on the environment, the founders felt a calling to create a better, more sustainable solution. Radical Plastics is providing a drop-in replacement for conventional plastics that are economical, recyclable AND fully biodegradable. 

So, let's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and REDESIGN plastics so we can enjoy their many benefits without polluting our planet.

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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.  That's why plastics is a $650 Billion 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 only around 4% of that is being recycled. And it's estimated that over 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.

 

Our Technology

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

Items made from the Radical Plastics compound perform just like regular plastics. But if they end up in the environment, the free radical catalyst converts the plastic into a material that microbes recognize as food. This allows them to metabolize the material turning it into biomass, CO2 and water.  Radical Plastics compounds biodegrade fully in the environment leaving no residue, no toxic substances and no microplastics.

 
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Our Vision

The free radical catalyst technology from Radical Plastics 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 and economics of conventional plastics with the added benefit of complete biodegradability.

Let's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and REDESIGN plastics, for a healthier planet.

 

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About Us

Radical Plastics is a woman-owned business started by Dr. Yelena Kann and Kristin Taylor with the goal of making a meaningful contribution in the battle against plastic pollution. 


Dr. Yelena Kann, CTO/Founder, has a PhD in Chemistry and an MS in Polymer Engineering & Technology.  With over 25 years of industry experience, she has over 20 patents and has published over 30 papers in the fields of bioplastics, polymer chemistry and color technology.  Dr. Kann's work experience includes technical roles at Lynn Plastics, Metabolix Bioplastics, Sabic and EInk.

Kristin Taylor, CEO/Co-founder, has an MS in Plastics Engineering and over 20 years experience in Market Development for commodity, engineering and biobased/biodegradable plastics.  Ms. Taylor's work experience includes technical, sales and management positions at ExxonMobil, Metabolix Bioplastics, Sabic and Huntsman Corporation.​

 

Get in Touch

100 Cummings Center, Suite 240D
Beverly, MA 01945

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100 Cummings Center, Suite 240D
Beverly, MA 01945

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