Our Solution to Plastic Pollution
The use of non-renewable foams is a problem for every person on this planet: plastic pollution in the ocean is a persistent contaminant that harms both humans and animals. Polystyrene foam takes over 500 years to degrade; currently US landfills contain over 30% by volume plastics with the majority attributed to polystyrene and polyurethane.
Cruz Foam transforms chitin, a biopolymer found in shrimp shells, into structural foams with an environmentally friendly process. Currently over 30,000 tons of industry-grade chitin is produced annually, and simultaneously every year landfills are filled with 8 million tons of shrimp, crab,and lobster shell waste. Cruz Foam addresses both the front-end and back-end of a 'green' product by up-cycling chitin found in waste to create foam to replace petroleum-based foams. Cruz Foam is less costly to produce and matches or exceeds the mechanical properties of current polystyrene and polyurethane structural foam.