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On this episode of the How to Protect the Ocean podcast, Reagan Kelly from Better for All discusses the journey to creating fully compostable cups. Discover how these cups are not only better for individuals but also for the environment. Learn about the impact on sustainability and the future of businesses. Join us for an insightful conversation on sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic cups.

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Better For All is a company that offers fully compostable cups as a sustainable alternative to single-use plastic cups. The journey to creating these cups began in 2018 when the family-owned company became aware of the plastic pollution issue, particularly in the ocean. Reagan Kelly, the product lead at Better For All, was passionate about the environment and recycling, which led the family to explore the world of compostable and plant-based materials.

The company focused on developing cups that were not only compostable but also marine-degradable, addressing the concern of plastic waste ending up in the ocean. The cups are made from a material called PHA, which is naturally occurring and biodegrades safely in home composters or commercial composters. This material is friendly to a wide range of microorganisms, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

Better For All's cups were put to the test at the Tortuga Festival in Florida, where they delivered 170,000 cups. The festival organizers were impressed by the unique look of the cups, which helped in sorting them out for composting. The cups received positive feedback from attendees, showcasing the potential for sustainable alternatives at large events.

The company's focus on innovation and dedication to creating environmentally friendly products has led to the development of various cup sizes, catering to different needs and applications. The cups are not only functional but also contribute to reducing the environmental footprint of events and businesses that choose to use them.

Overall, Better For All's commitment to sustainability and providing a viable alternative to single-use plastic cups demonstrates the importance of conscious consumer choices and the impact of innovative solutions in reducing plastic pollution.

During the journey to develop the compostable cups, significant challenges in manufacturing were encountered. Traditional methods and equipment geared towards working with plastic had to be reevaluated and changed to align with the new sustainable material. The manufacturing process had to be modified to accommodate the unique properties of the compostable material, requiring a shift in mindset and practices.

Securing adequate funding was another major hurdle in the development process. Developing a new product like compostable cups required substantial financial investment for research, development, testing, and scaling up production. Convincing investors of the viability and potential success of the product was crucial, necessitating a strong business case and a clear vision for the future.

Overcoming the challenge of buy-in from manufacturers, customers, and investors was a critical aspect of the journey. Manufacturers had to be convinced to adopt new processes and materials, customers needed to be educated about the benefits of using compostable cups, and investors had to see the potential for a return on their investment. Convincing all stakeholders of the value and importance of the compostable cups was a key challenge that had to be overcome.

Better For All is not only focused on providing fully compostable cups but is also looking to expand its product line to include other sustainable items. Regan Kelly mentioned in a podcast episode that they are considering developing water bags as a potential new product. These water bags would serve as an alternative to single-use plastic bags commonly used for beverages in certain regions, especially in Africa.

Introducing water bags aligns with the company's mission to make events and gatherings better for all. By offering sustainable alternatives like water bags, Better For All aims to reduce the environmental impact of single-use plastics and provide a more eco-friendly option for consumers. The company's focus on creating products that are sustainable and practical for everyday use demonstrates their commitment to promoting environmental consciousness in various settings.

Expanding the product line to include water bags would cater to a different market segment and contribute to reducing plastic waste in different contexts. By introducing innovative and sustainable solutions like water bags, Better For All continues to prioritize sustainability and aims to make a positive impact on the environment while enhancing the overall experience of events and gatherings.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1640_BetterForAllCompotableCup_Final.mp3
Category:Sustainable Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Andrew Lewin speaks with Thayer Sylvester, CEO of Carve Designs, about building a sustainable swimwear brand. Thayer discusses creating clothing that is not only fashionable but also environmentally friendly. She shares her journey of prioritizing sustainability in the fashion industry and the importance of making a positive impact on the environment.

Tune in to learn how Carve Designs is leading the way in sustainable fashion for a better ocean.

Links to Carve Designs:
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https://www.linkedin.com/in/thayer-sylvester-436296
https://www.instagram.com/carvedesigns/
https://twitter.com/CarveDesigns
https://www.facebook.com/CarveDesignsBeach
https://www.youtube.com/@carve.designs

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Carve Designs, a surf-inspired women's sustainable swimwear and clothing company, was founded by Thayer Sylvester with a strong emphasis on sustainability. Thayer's personal values of health and environmental responsibility have been the driving force behind Carve Designs' commitment to creating sustainable products. From the outset, Thayer and her team set out to build a brand that reflected their values, including choosing to eat organic food and prioritize health. This ethos naturally extended to the company's approach to clothing production.

The company's journey towards sustainability began with small steps, such as opting for organic cotton t-shirts. Over time, Carve Designs expanded its sustainability efforts, aiming to make at least 90% of their collection entirely sustainable. This dedication to sustainability led to the development of swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles, a significant step towards reducing environmental impact. Additionally, Carve Designs has been exploring innovative ways to recycle swimwear, such as transforming used garments into turf pellets for fields, further demonstrating their commitment to environmental responsibility.

Thayer's vision for Carve Designs goes beyond just creating sustainable products; it encompasses a holistic approach to sustainability. The company has been proactive in addressing packaging concerns, experimenting with compostable and recycled packaging to minimize waste. By constantly seeking ways to improve and innovate, Carve Designs exemplifies a forward-thinking approach to sustainable fashion.

Overall, Carve Designs' focus on sustainability aligns seamlessly with Thayer's personal values of health and environmental responsibility. The company's dedication to creating eco-friendly swimwear and clothing not only reflects their commitment to the environment but also resonates with a growing consumer demand for sustainable fashion options. Through their innovative practices and continuous efforts to reduce their environmental footprint, Carve Designs sets a positive example for the fashion industry and inspires others to prioritize sustainability in their business practices.

In the podcast episode, Carve Designs is highlighted for its innovative project to recycle swimwear made from plastic bottles into turf pellets. This initiative aims to reduce waste and promote circular fashion within the industry. By transforming used swimwear into turf pellets, Carve Designs is taking a proactive step towards sustainability and environmental conservation. This process not only helps repurpose materials that would otherwise end up in landfills but also contributes to the creation of a more sustainable fashion cycle. The company's commitment to finding creative solutions for recycling swimwear showcases their dedication to minimizing their environmental impact and embracing a circular economy model. This forward-thinking approach aligns with the growing trend in the fashion industry towards more sustainable practices and highlights Carve Designs' leadership in promoting eco-friendly initiatives.

Thayer Sylvester, the CEO of Carve Designs, not only focuses on creating sustainable swimwear and clothing but also emphasizes the importance of protecting the ocean by reducing litter on beaches and avoiding harmful chemicals in sunscreens. During the podcast episode, Thayer mentioned that she regularly picks up litter on the beach while walking her dog, highlighting the need for local communities to participate in beach cleanups. This hands-on approach to reducing litter directly contributes to keeping the ocean clean and safe for marine life.

Additionally, Thayer discussed the detrimental effects of certain chemicals found in sunscreens on coral reefs. She highlighted the importance of using reef-safe, mineral-based sunscreens to protect both human health and the marine environment. Thayer's advocacy for using environmentally friendly sunscreens aligns with the growing awareness of the harmful impacts of chemical sunscreens on coral reefs, as seen in places like Hawaii where certain chemicals have been banned to protect the reefs.

By promoting beach cleanups and advocating for the use of reef-safe sunscreens, Thayer Sylvester demonstrates a holistic approach to ocean protection through both direct action and consumer choices. Her commitment to sustainability extends beyond just the products her company creates, showing a genuine dedication to preserving the health and beauty of the ocean ecosystem.

 

Direct download: HTPTO_E1628_CarveDesignsSustainability.mp3
Category:Sustainable Business -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Have you ever thought about whether your marine science/conservation/policy career is having the impact that you want on the ocean? For instance, I turned to podcasting about how to protect the ocean because I wanted to reach out to individual people to tell them about what is happening with the ocean and how they can help. I decided that I would stop working for the government to follow this endeavor and I am not the only one. In today's episode, I speak with Shannon Consentino-Roush about chasing impact throughout her career. Shannon has had quite a career in national and international policy but now works as a Chief Strategic Officer for a start-up company called Finless Foods that offers plant-based and cell-cultured seafood alternatives. We are going to find out what drove her to continue to pivot towards different career choices and how she ended up as the CSO of a start-up.
 
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Direct download: HTPTO_E1413_ChasingImpactWithFinlessFoods.mp3
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