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ACT 1: Social Innovator: Eben Bayer and Ecovative Design

The hero I'm choosing to shadow is Eben Bayer, CEO of Ecovative, a bio-materials company that is based out of New York. His company creates strong composite materials out of agricultural waste to proved an alternative to environmentally un-friendly materials such as Styrofoam and plastics. The energy used by his bio-materials is 1/10 of the energy used to create styrofoam.Not only that, the materials can be put in your home compost after it has served its purpose just to be re-used again. Its a material that keeps on giving.

I believe what Eben and his company are doing for the world is amazing. The threat of global warming is real. Even if it is happening at a slow pace we can start to do something about it now before its becomes unrepairable. For those of you that don't believe in global warming, the company still provides a product that can reduce the impact humans have on our environments so our future populations can enjoy nature as we do now.

More corporations should invest in the "Green Technologies" that these small start up companies are offering. Large corporations such as Wal-Mart and McDonald's could create a significant impact if they were to back some of these technologies. Eben is an example of one person that came up with an idea to change the world and decided to follow it through.

I'm following Eben on Twitter and sent him a friend request on Facebook. His company Ecovative also has a news section on its website ecovativedesign.com.

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Comment by Yemisi Ajumobi on March 3, 2010 at 10:42am
Brandon your post reminds me of an earlier post by Rendani, also an evoke agent http://www.urgentevoke.com/profiles/blogs/shadow-hereos who has chosen to shadow the founder of re-char, an organization that uses the concept of pyrolysis to convert biomass especially agricultural produce into bio-oil and as a result helps reduce Green house Gas effects. Global warming is indeed very real and it's great to learn about these people and organizations that are helping to fight the threat it poses. Thanks for sharing this, the knowledge share on EVOKE is just amazing. Here's a link to the company. http://www.re-char.com/about/ and I also encourage active collabaration with Rendani since you seem to have similar interest in this area. Great job with completing mission 1.
Comment by Mita Williams on March 3, 2010 at 3:11pm
Hello Brandon! Can you please add a ACT1 tag to your post so other members of the network can find other members. And other heroes for that matter!

One of my favourite "green books" is Cradle-to-Cradle and if you had to reduce the book to three words, it would be "waste equals food". What I like about the work that you've described is that it becomes "food waste becomes food"!

Welcome to the network!
Comment by Brandon Spearman on March 3, 2010 at 3:24pm
Thank you Yemisi and Mita! I will definitely have to give Cradle-to-Cradle a read as it sounds very interesting. Rendani's post on bio-char is also very interesting and informative.

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