40 Minute Mentor

March 15, 2023

Making Packaging Disappear with Earthshot Prize Winner Pierre Paslier, Co-Founder of Notpla

“Plastic has its use cases. In the medical industry, it saves lives every day. But for takeaway uses, where it’s used for a short amount of time, that’s where it’s a real issue.” 

For today’s 40 Minute Mentor episode, we’re joined by Pierre Paslier, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Notpla, a sustainable packaging startup. 

To this day, Notpla have partnered with the likes of Lucozade, to replace single use plastic cups and bottles at the London Marathon, and JustEat, to launch a  food container coated with seaweed – a revolutionary move for the takeaway industry. 

Following this huge progress in the industry, to help ease the damage made to the environment, the Notpla team have recently been awarded with Prince William’s prestigious, 1 million pound Earthshot prize. 

Today, Pierre shares tons of insights with us, including: 

➡️ How he became a Founder, following years at L’Oreal [03:57] 

➡️ The experiences at L’Oreal that led to the creation of Notpla [05:23] 

➡️ Notpla’s mission and how their packaging works [07:33] 

➡️ Seeing Notpla’s packaging being used at the Women’s Euros [11:16] 

➡️ Winning the Earthshot Prize [13:16] 

➡️ Meeting Prince William at the Earthshot retreat [15:53] 

➡️ More about our sponsors, Alchemist [18:11] 

➡️ Dealing with increasing media attention and keeping an eye on your mission  [19:28] 

➡️ Building the Notpla team [22:03] 

➡️ Advice for moving into sustainability [28:28] 

➡️ The part we can all play in reducing plastic packaging [31:03] 

Helpful links:

➡️ More about Pierre: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pierrepaslier/  

➡️ Check out Notpla: https://www.notpla.com/ 

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