Rajiv Banavali and the science of sustainability

Rajiv Banavali holds up an ordinary looking white paper cup, the kind you get at a coffee shop. He explains that, in most cases, “paper cup” is a misnomer. Typically, they’re coated with plastics, making them neither recyclable nor biodegradable.

The cup the University of Missouri–St. Louis alumnus holds, the one he helped develop as senior vice president of science and innovation at WestRock Corporation, is different. It’s completely recyclable and biodegradable – a leap forward for sustainability.

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