Bry Tom Rivers – Zeoform
Over the last 5 years, the use of plant and grain-based ‘bioplastics’ for packaging and disposable goods has been increasing dramatically as manufacturers strive to find alternatives to plastics for an ever-demanding, environmentally savvy customer base.
But the downside of bioplastics and biofuels is significant – even disturbing. True, the use of plants reduces the need for oil-based plastics, but creates its own massive problems. The push for Palm Oil as an alternative to petrochemichals turned out to be more harmful than beneficial; “estimates suggest that between 2005 and 2010, approximately 30 per cent of oil palm expansion in Malaysia and Indonesia occurred at the expense of natural forests”.* With a global push towards lowering carbon emissions, the use of biofuels and bioplastics in this way is problematic because trees themselves are a CO2 sink.
Although bio-plastics are mostly used in packaging and disposable products, research and development into further applications is well under way in all areas of industry – with big corporations such as Toyota, IKEA, Apple, GE and other major brands. Could bioplastics contribute to a more sustainable infrastructure and alleviate the global strain for diminishing raw materials at mass production level?
Industrial waste is still a massive and growing problem and effective solutions are slow to be adopted. With all the talent, technology and financial incentive to create more ingenious ways of converting waste, re-balancing nature, attracting consumers and creating jobs – is an Eco-Revolution possible, or are we destined to crawl toward a more sustainable future?
A company and product called ZEOFORM may be the answer. Imagine a raw material with the beauty of wood, the strength of fiberglass and the versatility of plastic, that’s 100% sustainable, totally non-toxic and commercially viable. A product of broad application that is made from waste cellulose fibers and water – and absolutely NOTHING ELSE!
Not only does Zeoform boast the potential of having a ‘game-changing eco material’ revolutionizing how products are made, used and disposed of. The ambitious start-up from Byron Bay Australia also claims its philosophy and business model could radically change how business is done – from competitive to cooperative – creating a global brand and international association of manufacturers that share designs, equipment, engineering knowledge and scientific intelligence in an ‘open source’ development approach.
Zeoform can reduce landfill and incinerated waste by transforming waste paper (and other cellulose rich resources), into flat panels for construction, interiors and furniture, as well as molded and printed 3D shapes for toys, automotive, electronics and much more.
Zeoform could spearhead a truly sustainable future – one that allows us to tip the scales in favor of Mother Nature. To launch the Zeoform Revolution the dedicated team has produced a crowd-funding video intended to raise $10m in 30 days, an ambitious goal by any measure! Let’s see if they can pull it off.