On October 19, Earth.Org had a conversation with Robert Luo, an entrepreneur and co-founder of social impact biotechnology company Mi Terro. In our chat, we talked about how his start-up company is currently tackling two of the world’s biggest environmental problems, food waste and plastic pollution, by creating biodegradable plastic packaging film and textile fibre from milk waste, as well as the challenges in establishing a circular economy in the food, packaging, and fashion industries.

Robert spoke with Earth.Org about several topics, including:

The development of alternatives to single-use plastics as well as the materials science industry is still in its infancy. A lot more progress, funding and widespread adoption is needed before the world  can replace plastics completely. Manufacturers and large corporations should also increase their current sustainability programmes, support more innovations and designs, which in turn help commercialise sustainable products and make them competitive in current markets.

You can check out the full length video of Earth.Org ‘s conversation with Robert Luo below:

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