BKB Floral Foam, Inc.

BKB is working towards a renewable and compostable future for the floral and horticultural industries by making sustainable replacements for current foams made from fossil fuels.

Founded in 2015, BKB has recently moved towards pre-production of our compostable technology developed at the University of Minnesota in cooperation with the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers. We are committed to using the newest technologies to bring sustainability to a field that is increasingly demanding environmentally friendly products. Many floral and horticultural professionals around the world are committed to eliminating fossil fuel based products in favor of non-toxic, renewable alternatives.

With fast expansion planned for 2022, BKB expects to have our first floral foam products available for testing in the market in the second half of the year. Our Minneapolis-based research and development team has been actively working towards commercialization of our foam technology since our patents were approved in full by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office earlier this year.

Sustainability

Sustainability is a complex concept that includes more than just a green label. Our goal is to design all our products to be sustainable from raw materials to processing to disposal.

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Renewable feedstocks

Our products are made from renewable materials, meaning what we use can be produced again on an ordinary time scale. The vast majority of our components come directly from corn sugars, so it only takes one growing season to produce the raw materials for our product.

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Non-Toxic materials

All of our products are made from non-toxic materials that pose no risk to our employees, consumers, or the environment. Unlike fossil fuel-based materials, our products do not contain any carcinogens or potentially toxic materials. All of our components are FDA-approved, food grade materials that can be safely handled and used without concern.

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Compostability

Our products are made entirely from industrially compostable materials, which means that not only do they naturally degrade, they will breakdown into environmentally friendly products. When you're finished with our foam, simply send it to the local industrial compost facility with your other compostable waste and it will degrade to water and carbon dioxide in 3-6 months.

The Team

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Dundee Butcher

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Dundee worked for years at one of the leading, internationally renowned florists in London, Jane Packer Flowers; she would later spend time with both award-winning florists McQueens and at the London Flower School. In 2015, she founded BKB with her husband, Ian, and friend Leonard.

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Ian Butcher

Chairman

Ian has had a diverse international career, including investment banking in London and New York, CFO of several listed companies, and high-level consulting. He has been closely involved in the funding of BKB to date and coordination with industry partners.

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John Parnell

Director

John is a Director of the Board and has been a part of BKB since its co-founding by his late partner, Leonard. He has worked in various roles in the pharmaceutical industry and overseen complex operations including full-scale clinical trials.

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David Goldfeld, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer

David was the first researcher to work with BKB on producing sustainable consumer products and is responsible for product development and scale-up. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and has worked in research at seven universities and two national laboratories.

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Marc Hillmyer, Ph.D.

Senior Consultant

Marc is a Professor at the University of Minnesota and is a foremost expert on sustainable polymer materials. He is the McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the NSF Center for Sustainable Polymers.

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Emily Wilborn

Research Scientist

Emily received her M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2020 where she focused in polymer chemistry. After working in cleanroom qualification and product testing, she joined BKB as Research Scientist in 2022. She is now a core member of the R&D team developing new foam materials and processing techniques.

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Nicole Wills

Research Scientist

Nicole graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Minnesota in 2021. She then joined BKB as our first research scientist, setting up our R&D facility and completing characterization and optimization of our materials.

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