Q&A: Going bio helps say bye bye to plastic waste.
This week we chat to John Mancarella, co-founder – alongside Dr Ross Headifen – of Biogone. The enterprise designs and delivers cost-effective biodegradable products that reduce the medium- and long-term plastic footprint.
ISB: What was the inspiration behind you setting up Biogone?
JM: Initially these products were developed for us to use in-house, but we figured there must be other companies wanting to make a difference and perhaps we could approach some of our existing customers and suppliers. So, after developing a range of landfill-biodegradable products for the groundwater and soil industry between 2012 and 2014, we realised we could not really ship a pallet of biodegradable tubing to a customer wrapped in non-biodegradable stretch film and packing tape. We developed our own landfill-biodegradable stretch film and soon other products for warehouse packing followed.
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From there the Biogone range grew as we developed the dog waste bags, garbage bags, and cling wrap for food…….