Image courtesy Marcus Hill/London Bio-Packaging
Like many an environmentalist, Marcus Hill was irritated with packaging waste. The needless waste...the landfill contribution...urghhhh! But instead of getting frustrated, Hill fought back by founding London Bio-Packaging with two partners. Based in the UK, the trio was determined to make a positive impact on the catering industry, and so set their sights on a very specific goal: food and beverage containers. Today, they supply a wide range of products made from bio-plastic and recycled paper and even provide composting services for their clients.
How did you get into this line of work?
I used to work for the UN and then later at an environmental consultancy. I saw an opportunity to set up a sustainable business that would make a widespread positive environmental impact.
What was you?re "a-ha" moment?
I was made aware as a kid by the WWF.
What is your ultimate green goal?
I want London Bio Packaging to be able to provide green alternative products and waste management processes to any size or type of business.
What is your motivation?
There is so much to do! I want to be able to help many more businesses green their operations.
What is most important to you, ecologically speaking?
That our packaging is biodegradable, made from renewable resources and has a low carbon footprint.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
Continuously improving our product range and pushing for better infrastructure to avoid waste.
What is the most rewarding?
Drastically reducing a business' impact on the environment overnight, then being told it has increased their sales!
Of the people you have worked with, who impresses you most?
What green thing do you do every day?
Think about ways to close the loop on waste and try not to spend too much time on Facebook!
What do you wish you could do?
Create new technologies quickly and cheaply.
If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
1) Reduce the damage that is being done by packaging by giving businesses the opportunity to buy affordable eco packaging. 2) Change the way people think about consuming and disposing of waste.
What is your best green advice?
I think everyone can realize that they are part of the environment not separate from it.