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Cruz Foam makes styrofoam alternative from shrimp shells and food waste

Lora Kolodny of CNBC reports on Cruz Foam, a startup that is looking to reduce styrofoam pollution.

The C3 Take
  • Based in Santa Cruz, California, Cruz Foam is making a plant-based styrofoam alternative that is biodegradable and generally safe for animals to eat.
  • The styrofoam is made with chitin and different starches and fibers derived from agricultural waste.
  • Cruz Foam has introduced a foam and paper wrap to replace styrofoam and peanuts, a foam-padded mailer, and foam coolers that keep fresh and frozen food items cold.
  • The startup has raised $25 million from various groups including Ashton Kutcher’s climate fund Sound Waves.

“The foam dissolves in a tub of water and can be poured over a lawn or garden to safely add some nitrogen back into the soil, Felts said. And it’s safe if your dog, or your fish, eats any of the foam.”

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