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Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez & Pierre Paslier

Co-Founder & CEO



Co-Founder & CEO




Spain & France







What makes Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier Global Shakers?

Rodrigo Garcia Gonzalez and Pierre Paslier cofounded Skipping Rocks Lab in 2013 while studying Innovation Design Engineering at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

They are the creators of Ooho, the edible and biodegradable alternative to plastic.

It’s made from Notpla, the companies patented material that combines seaweed and plants. Ooho biodegrades in 4-6 weeks, or you can just eat it, making it ideal for on the go consumption.

After their first video of Ooho went viral in 2013, they joined Climate KIC, Europe’s largest funded accelerator focused on climate innovation.

The team started collaborating with chemists and chemical engineers from Imperial College to test Ooho at running events, festivals and takeaway shops. They soon started working on a scalable manufacturing technology.

In April 2017, they raised their first round on Crowdcube which helped grow the business, build the first machine and set up a manufacturing hub in London.

Sky Ocean Ventures invested in summer 2018 to accelerate the development of the second product and expand the chemistry, commercial, engineering and design teams.

In 2019, the Skipping Rocks Lab decided to name their company after their material Notpla. 

As well as alternatives to plastic bottles and containers, Notpla also makes great alternative sauce sachets and can be used to line cardboard food containers. These are now being used by the takeaway delivery company, Just Eat. 

In April 2019, Ooho was given out to runners at the London Marathon as an alternative to plastic bottles and cups. 

Tags: bioengineering, industrial design, plastic, plastic pollution, plastic solutions

Last updated: July 24, 2019