Thomas Pedersen from Denmark is one of the five finalists of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017. His interest in composite materials started with a young boy’s interest in creating surfboards back in the 1980s. It was an age dominated by conventional production methods and with a limited focus on sustainable products.

At the time, surfboards were made of oil-based epoxy and artificial fibres such as carbon, glass and Kevlar. At the end of their life cycles, the products were burned, resulting in a vast amount of CO2 being released into the earth’s atmosphere.

Thomas and his team developed a bio-based and biodegradable resin for composite manufacturing, which enabled fully bio-based composites to be produced. This polymer resin can replace traditional oil-based resins in composite production. He co-founded Pond to revolutionise the plastics industry. Thomas holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.

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