Former Stevens Point native working towards sustainability
By Taylor Hale
STEVENS POINT – A former Stevens Point native is making an impact on a global scale.
Brandon Moore, vice president of Footprint, an Arizona-based materials science company that is working with some of the world’s largest brands to help drive out single-use plastics, said the city pushed him towards eco-friendly packaging.
“Single-use plastics are normally containers that you would use one then throw away, think of a soda bottle,” Moore said.
Moore is one of the original founders of the eco-focused company. He started the group with five peers about eight years ago.
“Single-use plastic is such a huge problem for us. If you go to a store just walk down an aisle it’s everywhere. We want to change that,” Moore said. “Why should products like food that don’t last that long, be packed in plastic.”
The co-founder added that most plastics take up to 1,000 years to fully decompose. While fiber-based packages decompose in under a year.
Moore manages the design team and created several fiber-based packages himself. Footprint focuses on using recycled, biodegradable materials to create product and food packaging that leaves less of an impact on the earth.
“You can put it in the recycling, you can put it in the garbage can and it will still go back to the earth,” Moore said. “A motto that we have is ‘any bin, you win.’”
The group has worked with companies like the Green Bay Packers and other large nationwide groups.
Moore grew up in Stevens Point and graduated from SPASH in 1991 and graduated from UW-Stout with a degree in package engineering in 1996. He moved out of the state for work about 15 years ago, moving around before finding his footing with Footprint.
Moore said that being raised in Stevens Point helped shape his career, allowing him the chance to appreciate nature and the outdoors, pushing him to get into sustainability.
“If we don’t change what we do and how we sell products, things will only get worse,” Moore explained.
Moore said that Footprint will continue to create new products and innovate how packaging and sustainability are seen in the public eye.