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Eco-Company Footprint to Set up Shop in the Netherlands

Eco-Company Footprint to Set up Shop in the Netherlands

Manufacturer of biological alternatives to plastic Footprint is set to bring its operations to Europe with the opening of a new research and development center in the Netherlands. More specifically, the US-based company has announced that it will be setting up shop at the Brainport Industries Campus in Eindhoven. Encompassing research facilities and a prototype and test laboratory, the facility will work on innovating new materials for the food industry, including replacements for single-use plastic.

“EU legislation eliminating many single-use plastics … has accelerated demand for plant-based fiber solutions. We’re very encouraged about the advanced conversations we’re having with European customers and look forward to providing new and timely solutions, led by this talented, Europe-based team,” said Footprint CEO Troy Swope.

Footprint plans to exert a positive impact by helping food manufacturers and retailers, as well as fast-service restaurants, speed up their move toward plastic-free alternatives. The founder of ADVIESJAGERS, De Jong, highlights that as consumers become increasingly more aware of the waste they create, they are demanding more environmentally-friendly packaging options. “Unlike plastic, eco-packaging has a lower carbon footprint, it can be recycled and even repurposed, and is generally healthier since it has no harmful byproducts,” Jong says. 

Footprint supplies some of the largest packaging manufacturers across the globe with plant-based fiber plastic substitutes. The company is also working on raising awareness about the destructive effects of plastic on the environment and health through the Footprint Foundation and Pledge2050.

Footprint is now gearing up for innovating within the Brainport Industries Campus eco-system of high-tech enterprises and government agencies.

Ferdinand Gremmen, CEO at SDK Vastgoed (VolkerWessels), the developer behind Brainport Industries Campus, said: “[Footprint] is a big player with a focus on a new, very relevant technology. Moreover, in their way of working and in the solutions they offer, they are fully in line with what the world desperately needs at the moment: circularity and sustainability. That is why they fit so well in BIC as an energy-neutral campus. I expect a strong interaction with the other companies and institutions within our ecosystem.”

Up to date, Footprint’s innovative plastic substitute products have led to a redirection of more than 61 million pounds of plastic waste that would have otherwise entered the ecosystem. Founded in 2014, the company operates in the US, Europe and Asia. In addition, Footprint was added to the Fortune “Change the World” list in 2020 and earlier this year gained the accolade of a CNBC Disruptor 50 company.

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