How have you overcome some of the obstacles that remote working presents?
The biggest challenge for us has been developing the tech. With no access to laboratories or manufacturing facilities, we were forced to innovate and come up with new ways of developing a proof of concept. That led to setting up a small make-shift lab at home and improvise on the manufacturing process.
Instead of using traditional laboratory equipment, we decided to use kitchen equipment and simple food-grade ingredients to make environmentally safe flexible packaging films.
On the commercial front, we’ve continued to have zoom meetings and kept our leads warm by constantly updating them on our progress.
What are you building at EF?
We are going to manufacture pellets that will ultimately be used to make 100% plant-based, marine biodegradable flexible packaging films. These films are currently cold water soluble and can be used in the maritime industry, hospitals and FMCG companies for some specific products.
We will also iterate further to make the films hot-water soluble and then non-soluble but still marine biodegradable to open up a host of other applications.
We’ve had a hugely positive response from the industry because, instead of targeting everyday consumer applications like straws and takeaway cutlery, we are going after the supply chains of big companies where the bulk of the single-use plastic problem lies.
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