Based in Calgary, Canada we are a group of like minded and dedicated people driven to make our own 'dent in the universe'. We are passionate about creating value with a solution that not only benefits future generations by addressing current challenges, but also by creating an opportunity to make meaningful change today.
Founder and CEO, Krzysztof Palka, is the conceptual creator of AlwaysBLU Carbon-Negative Plastics. He is the driving force behind development of the sustainability focused business strategy, the advancement of company operations and the visionary behind the products and solutions we provide.
I am a serial entrepreneur with diverse expertise in business strategy, technology development, lean manufacturing, renewable energy and production optimization along with an executive education from Harvard Business School. I'm a bit of an efficiency fanatic, strongly attracted to simplicity, thinking long term, and pursuing a triple bottom line. I have a keen sense for innovation, process improvement and a personal bias towards applying simple, knowledge based solutions to solve complex problems.
Plastics are ubiquitous in every aspect of our lives. In the last couple of years I asked myself can plastics be a 'green' and desirable material and why when we create them must we produce so much pollution and GHG emissions? It became clear to me that with impending climate change the best forward action should be to make materials that are not just carbon-neutral. When I think about the best efforts out there to minimize emissions and pollution from petroleum production necessary to produce plastics, this would, at best, only decrease the negative impact on the environment but would not actually reverse climate change.
Right now, there are many people working on solving climate change with carbon sequestration. For me, the challenge was to figure a way to use natural processes, sequester carbon and produce what we need simply by using what we already have, and ideally by re-purposing something that we discard.
Humanity will always need food, and even if we become extremely efficient with food production, distribution and consumption there will be some food waste. Food production is a natural way to capture sun energy, atmospheric carbon and hydrogen. The challenge for me was to determine if we could just take what is left over (food waste) and convert it to something that will allow us to make more food (organic fertilizer) and make perpetually reusable and recyclable green plastics (carbon-negative). And... to do this without freshwater, GHG emissions and pollution.
I imagined doing this locally, in a distributed way to support and enhance a circular economy. This would solve our dependence on petroleum feedstock, allow us to circulate nutrients back to local food production, produce local plastic products and contribute to reversing climate change,
Amazingly we already have all the technologies necessary; we just need to use them together, in the right order, where they work best and at a size just right for a circular economy.
I have been an entrepreneur in some way since I was 14 years old. My background is in ergonomics and critical thinking so I have spent my adult life working to understand how we can design the world and the future to get the outcomes we really want. My experience has exposed me to hundreds of different work applications in dozens of industries where I found ways to eliminate risks and improve productive outcomes and experiences. I have a deep interest in applying design thinking to the
creating of ideas that will bring a positive impactto the future of the planet and everyone who lives here.
I will work on strategy and organizational development and anywhere else I can help the team because next to helping build a livable future, my priority is to work with amazing people. AlwaysBLU has a core team amazing people. It is a great privilege to work together to build a venture that can help solve the problem of continuing the use of durable plastics while avoiding the environmental costs and building local economies.
Our dynamic world is in constant evolution and pauses for no one. I often ask myself: What would the future me think of the work I’ve done over the years? Have I boldly embraced positive change in the new economy even though it can be difficult and perilous? Or have I opted for a more
“mainstream” and secure lifestyle, in which Isuspect I will end up with little to offer to the future generations? To that question, I found the answer in AlwaysBLU.
I bring my fresh perspective in chemical process modelling, optimization, industrial automation and equipment sourcing. I am committed to maximizing value and efficiency without compromising fundamental principles of the AlwaysBLU approach.
My role on the team is to evaluate and lead the technology selection for the anaerobic digestion which is the first step in our process of creating carbon-negative plastics. As the company grows, my role will develop into project management of modularization and implementation of technology and processes. I am an enthusiastic team leader with international experience and passion for renewable energy and sustainable development. I enjoy spending time with my family in the beautiful rocky mountains, skiing, hiking and exploring.
As technology and communications liaison, I am building upon my experience in Chemical Engineering to contribute to business strategy, and establish and manage collaborative relationships with technology providers. I am passionate about global sustainability and determined to create a better future by developing Carbon-Negative plastics as a desirable alternative to petroleum based products. In my spare time I volunteer as a dance teacher for the Silk Road dance studio and love to create and cook vegan dishes.