Footprint Co-founder and CEO Troy Swope leads world-class engineers, scientists, environmentalists and designers on a mission to create a healthier planet, with step one to provide sustainable alternatives to single-use plastics. Troy’s work as a self-titled ‘accidental environmentalist’ has already led to sustainable, biodegradable and compostable plant-based solutions that are implemented by its customers in nearly every U.S. grocery store – at equal performance and cost, on a per-unit basis, to traditional plastic packaging. Troy’s innovative expertise spans over 20 years, first as an award-winning engineer at Intel where he introduced new materials science methodologies that resulted in a $350 million-dollar manufacturing cost savings, and later as the founder of Unisource Global Solutions, which disrupted the EPS and EPE foam packaging industry by creating sustainable molded pulp packaging alternatives for consumer electronics companies such as Dell Computers.
In the past two years at Footprint, he has been named by Newsweek as one of 50 luminaries on their inaugural America’s 2021 Greatest Disruptors list, a Business Intelligence Group Sustainability Hero of the Year and Mountain Desert Finalist for E&Y’s 2020 Entrepreneur of the Year. Through his leadership, the team currently supplies millions of plastic-free units to some of the largest brands in the world every year — leading Footprint to be selected 2021 CNBC Disruptor 50, Conagra’s 2021 Supplier Excellence award in the sustainability category, Fortune 2020 Change the World and Fast Company World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.