Emirates Woman - - Fea­tures / Ew Awards 2015 -

LAMIS BIN HARIB FOUNDER AND CEO, BIOD Lamis is a pi­o­neer of sus­tain­abil­ity in the re­gion, hav­ing launched the first Arab-owned busi­ness spe­cial­is­ing in plant­based dis­pos­ables. BioD cre­ates ev­ery­thing from sand­wich bags to table­ware – and all from re­new­able sources.

She's hop­ing to lead by ex­am­ple through BioD. “My ul­ti­mate goal is for bio­ma­te­ri­als [to be­come main­stream] and to stim­u­late a strong green econ­omy in the Mid­dle East,” says Lamis, who also aims to cre­ate the first biopoly­mer [an al­ter­na­tive to en­vi­ron­men­tal en­emy poly­styrene] made from palm tree waste. “It's a life goal I al­ready have the re­search and lab net­works to achieve, but not the fund­ing, nor the plat­form to at­tract it yet.

“Not only would we be re­pur­pos­ing a widely avail­able plant waste re­source in the coun­try, but we would have the first biopoly­mer resin orig­i­nat­ing from an Arab coun­try.”

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