From simple beginnings
While studying the Bachelor of Science: Astrobiology at Federation University and gaining full time employment as their Admission, Retention and Success Officer. Unfortunately I suffered a heart attack at age 30. After being rushed to hospital and having tests done to find the cause of the heart attack, I spent the next 12 days in hospital with time to re-evaluate my life and what I wanted to do. At the time my wife was heavily pregnant with our second child, and our first child was only 2 years of age, I knew I wanted to do something for them, for their world.
After recovering from my first heart attack and being diagnosed with the rare heart condition “Brugada Syndrome” my life expectancy dramatically took a hit, with the average life span being 40 years of age if untreated. I knew time was against me and I knew I needed to start right away.
Having a good understanding of chemistry from my studies and having followed the non-for-profit “Precious Plastics” based out of Netherlands, I decided that I wanted to do my part and help fight this single use plastic problem the world is facing.
Knowing that a single use plastic milk lids could be recycled into a brand-new practical product I began doing research into what was needed to begin this journey. I started with a $20 Kmart Sandwich press to make my first recycled plastic sheet, after having my first “eureka” moment I knew this path was for me.