In a nutshell, we make pluumo - the world’s first sustainable thermal packaging made from surplus feathers designed to replace expanded polystyrene.
This all started back when Elena (Aeropowder Co-Founder) was completing a Masters Degree at the Dyson School, studying waste in society. She came across the problem of the millions of tons of feathers generated by the global poultry industry every year. So, inspired by the circular economy, we set out to create materials that harnessed the natural properties of feathers.
An increasing amount of deliveries are being sent every single day. For those containing temperature-sensitive items, thermal insulation materials are needed to prevent spoilage. However, conventional products such as polystyrene have a devastating impact on the world around us, so pluumo represents a better, more sustainable way for deliveries to take place.
Internally as a team, we are continuing to grow, andI’m lucky enough to work with a range of talented scientists and commercially minded superstars. But we can’t do this alone. We have a bunch of excellent partners across Europe who help us to manufacture pluumo. We are just at the stage of producing at scale and in talks with various food companies interested in using pluumo for their chilled deliveries. So, watch this space!
A dream customer for us would be one that not only sends millions of deliveries per year but is also a household name. This way, as many people as possible will know about pluumo and the potential of waste feathers. A company like Hello Fresh is an obvious choice! That being said, right now as we get ourselves scaling, we have more humble targets and dreams.We will be making an appearance very soon at Wing Fest London, a chicken wing food festival, and it would be amazing to secure some business from vendors who are keen to embrace the circular economy!
We currently source surplus feathers from Kamýk Daunen. They are a feather supplier for the down industry so for clothing and bedding. Surplus feathers are those that are too large and bulky for their processes, so until we finish developing the technology to intercept chicken feathers, this is where our feathers come from at the moment.
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