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Breaking Down Plastics to Create Something New

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“For me today, it’s about continuing to demonstrate to people that you can build a great business that does something good for the world, that can be a catalyst for sustainable impact.”

Jodie Morgan is the CEO of GreenMantra, the first company in the world to upcycle post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastics. These plastics are turned into synthetic polymers and additives that meet specific performance requirements for industrial applications. GreenMantra is among the Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies of 2020.

The following is a summary of Episode 68 of the Real Leaders Podcast, a conversation with GreenMantra CEO, Jodie Morgan. Read or listen to the full conversation below.

The Solution Lies in the Problem

Jodie details the behind-the-scenes efforts of recycling companies tackling the problem of plastic from every possible angle. She explains Advanced Recycling, which considers the properties of plastic on a molecular level. However, Jodie affirms that the ultimate solution to an overabundance of plastic is not to eliminate plastic entirely.

“At GreenMantra, we believe that plastic has a really important place. It is what gives us fuel efficiency. It’s what preserves our food. But at the same time, we have to have something that we can do with this plastic after it’s been used. The reason it’s so effective is because it never breaks down. But the problem is also that it never breaks down.”

Through an innovative and environmentally friendly process, GreenMantra breaks down plastics. The process produces a variety of waxes, polymers, and other high-value products. These can be formed into items which would otherwise be made from virgin plastic. But GreenMantra products can also function beyond the traditional uses of plastic, they have been incorporated into essential constructions like roofs and roads.

Listen to Episode 68 on Spotify, Anchor, Crowdcast, and Apple Podcasts

Hope for Recycling

Jodie poses an optimistic view on plastic pollution, and believes it is a problem that we can truly solve if we rally and work together. In order to move towards a solution, she explains the need to form a database or network that will bring solutions providers together with the people that are searching for solutions.

“I think it’s accepting the fact that this problem is big enough that no one has to worry about competing with each other. And many of the things that we’re facing have already been solved in other places. We just have to look for those solutions and bring those people or companies in to help us to address the problems that we’re having in plastic.”



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