What is the elevator pitch you use for your startup?
Bioform produces a 100% bio-based and fully home-compostable alternative to single-use plastic comprised of kelp, wood fiber and water.
What pain points are you trying to solve in agriculture?
Plastic mulch provides notable improvements in crop yield by managing soil temperature and moisture and by suppressing weeds. However, at the end of the season, plastic mulch must be removed from the field and disposed of which is labor-intensive, costly and detrimental to the environment. As a fully natural material that degrades quickly in soil, Bioform’s mulch can be easily plowed back into the soil, eliminating both the removal and disposal costs. Bioform’s material can also be formed into punnets and clamshell containers providing a sustainable alternative to plastic products traditionally used to protect fruits and vegetables on their journey to the grocery store shelf.
How did you get the idea to start your company?
Bioform was built out of work that our two co-founders were doing on a fundamental problem in fluid dynamics around how to layer two fast-moving fluids without mixing.
What are your plans to work with the Grand Farm?
Nothing concrete yet but we are starting discussions with a few of the Grand Farm grower partners to see if there are some potential trials that would make sense.
What are your plans for the US market? Do you think you’ll have a presence in the midwest?
The US is a huge potential market for both our mulch and packaging solutions.
If your product/service was already being used by everyone, globally, what impact would that have?
Worldwide, over 2.5 million tons of agricultural mulch alone are used and then either burned or sent to the landfill every year.
How are you incorporating growers into your business plan?
We are looking to partner with growers as lead customers through the 2023 season in anticipation of widespread product availability in 2024/25.
“Bioform’s mulch is a costcompetitive alternative to traditional plastic that eliminates the need for removal and disposal after use.”
Where do you see your company in 10 years?
We see producers worldwide using local regenerative materials to produce products that enhance everyone’s lives.
This magazine reaches 16,000+ farmers. In one sentence, what would you like to tell them?
Bioform’s mulch is a cost-competitive alternative to traditional plastic that eliminates the need for removal and disposal after use. It’s also a choice that you can be proud of, dramatically reducing carbon footprint and plastic pollution into the environment.