Would you wear a rain poncho made from sugar?
To reduce the use of plastic and cut down on carbon emissions, it might be a better idea than it sounds.
A student-led startup, Green Gear Supply Co.
, has engineered the Eco Rain Poncho, made of a sugar-based bioplastic with a carbon-negative lifecycle. The poncho is the first product in their effort to create a portfolio of bioplastic and plastic-alternative products, environmentally friendly alternatives to petroleum-based conventional plastic.
“We have a vision for a world free of single-use plastics, where petroleum is no longer a dominant commodity. Plastics pollute our oceans, drive demand for oil, and are responsible for significant energy use and carbon dioxide emissions during refining and manufacturing,” their website states.
The startup — led by Russell Heller
’19, Duke student Monika Dharia
, and Brown student Alan Yu
— recently won the 2019 Sabin Sustainable Venture Prize, awarded by the Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY), which is based at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (F&ES) and the Yale School of Management (SOM). The Sabin Prize competition was part of Startup Yale
, a week of entrepreneurship pitch competitions and evens that invite innovative ideas from across the Yale community.