PulpWorks, Inc. designs and manufactures environmentally friendly packaging for the consumer packaged goods industry. PulpWorks' packaging is comprised of 100% recycled pulp and paper. The packaging contains no plastics or adhesives of any kind and can be discarded in curbside compost or recycling bins.
The company filed a patent for a package design that will enable its customers to replace their plastic (PVC) blister packaging with PulpWorks' planet friendly alternative, the “PW-Pack”.
Package for Holding Articles (#13/872,687) pending
The invention provides for a compostable package that includes a molded pulp backing piece and a face card connected to that. The backing piece is molded with a cavity to hold an article. The face card covers and protects the article, the cavity, and the backing piece. Each piece can comprise recycled paper, paperboard, and molded pulp.
17 years as architect internationally. Notable projects, JW Marriott and Four Seasons. MA from Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia, Italy.
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Who we are
LinkedIn was our "matchmaker". We share a passion for eco-friendly packaging but approach that with different styles that complement each other excellently. One might say that Elena is the "eye" of the company - coming from such a strong background in design - and that Paul is the "voice" of the company. We are the core of the business; all else is outsourced. We collaborate on virtually all significant matters before the company.
Why we're doing this
Paul has spent the past 30+ years involved in ventures where packaging for consumer goods has played a major role. The past decade has been focused on packaging from a sustainable perspective. He has been fortunate to have a "front row" seat to the positive changes in the industry. These changes - driven by consumers as well as regulators - will help to fuel PulpWorks' growth for many years to come.
Most impressive accomplishment
I am going to respond here in a rather unorthodox fashion, but in a way that truly represents my values. As a young man, I had 41 amateur boxing matches. I won 14; lost 27. I learned how to take a punch - many punches - and keep on fighting. I have a Ph.D. in Mathematics. It took more than 5 years. I am in love with my wife and 4 children. I competed in the 106-mile Tour de Tucson Bicycle Race at the age of 60. I saved someone's life - and now I'd like to save the planet from toxic PVC.
Elena is a recipient of the Aga Kahn Award for Innovative Historic Research Methodology in architecture. She won a scholarship to do research and teach her methodology to a group of Harvard and MIT students residing for three months in Bosnia.
Her thesis was sponsored by the government of Croatia in direct connection with Split University.
She has learned how to live and adapt in different countries - Italy, Hong Kong, USA - with vastly different cultures, languages, and styles of business.
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