The future of biodegradable materials

We use chemistry to convert unused biomass and natural materials into valuable products to help heal and protect the planet.

Who we are

Soane Materials is at the forefront of developing and commercializing innovative, biodegradable materials that are designed to overcome the pervasive environmental and health challenges caused by single use plastics. Our team of scientists and engineers are revolutionizing the consumer goods sector by replacing plastic with completely sustainable and safe chemistry.

What we do

At Soane Materials, we use our deep knowledge in chemistry, polymer science, and organic materials to revolutionize the materials industry by unlocking the power of natural materials. We are not just recycling or greenwashing products; we are completely reimagining, repurposing, and utilizing unconventional natural resources to remove plastic from our society.

Our mission and vision

Our mission is to create biodegradable alternatives to plastics that not only meet the performance standards of traditional plastics but also deliver sustainable material solutions that significantly reduce environmental impact. We strive to pioneer the development of eco-friendly, high-performance materials that promote a greener planet and ensure a healthier future for all.

Origins Story: Dr. David Soane
A personal glimpse: the man who started it all.

Our founder, David Soane, is fascinated by the power of chemistry to unlock radical solutions for intractable problems, and he takes a hands-on approach to ensure their success.

After creating dozens of companies that leverage his chemical expertise, he is channeling his energies towards the greatest problem our planet faces: the destruction of our environment.

David is a chemical engineer, entrepreneur, and educator. His passion for curing the planet with green chemistry became sharply focused as he saw the world around him through the eyes of his two sons. He realized they would be inheriting a hotter planet inundated by oceans full of plastic, with millions of tons of waste piling up in in landfills.

Today he is committed to achieving a more sustainable world where plastic replacements melt away when we are done with them and carbon dioxide is transformed from a pollutant into a resource that creates abundance.

Before launching his chemistry-based ventures, David was a tenured Professor of Chemical Engineering at UC Berkeley. He holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from UC Berkeley, and has hundreds of scientific articles and patents.

Our team heralds from some of the top research institutions in the world.

From MIT, Harvard, Yale, Cambridge, and UC Berkeley, our executives and researchers at Soane are putting their education to work for global good.
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