Did you know? The amount of paper and plastic cups, forks, and spoons disposed of annually could wrap the equator 300 times!
Spending summers in a country house on the border of Russia and Finland, Anastasia Mikhalochkina (Anna) grew to appreciate the outdoors and witnessed a direct correlation between the consequences of her actions and its effect on a contained environment. Fast forward to Anastasia taking these lessons and her trainings in product and graphic design to found the local start-up company, Lean Orb which specializes in providing plant-based food service packaging and catering supplies made from agricultural by-products such as fallen palm leaves, sugar cane, and wheat straw.
Anna's entrepreneurial spirit and passion stems from her desire to find sustainable solutions to current environmental issues. She believes in educating not only the consumer but the buyers as well by guiding them through the process of swapping out traditional forms of packaging to an alternative that is not only stylish and custom, but one that can be composted and kept out of landfills. Her activism also includes supporting vendors that treat their employees with respect and offer advancements via education such as the Crescent Educational Society (CREDSO).
Building on her approach of community outreach and engaging local politicians and like-minded organizations, Anna looks forward to finding solutions to eliminating waste and creating more opportunities for composting in Miami. We expect big things from Lean Orb and Anna and we are excited for you to get to know her better.
We hope you enjoy the conversation,
Alex & Jeanette
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