Packaging 2.0 Inc., founded by Michael Brown in 2002, is an environmentally responsible company which sells and markets thermoformed plastic packaging made from post-consumer recycled materials to the leading natural food markets nationwide.
Packaging 2.0 is a Benefit Corp – the first in Rhode Island – which specifically bridges the world of plastics design, manufacturing, reuse, recycling, and sustainability, by working to connect activists, educators and scientists to the plastics industry and end users. The goal is to raise levels of awareness about plastic packaging pollution and increase recycling rates to levels far beyond where they are today.
Through the initiative, Mission 2.Ocean, the company supports a wide range of efforts and organizations on both the local and global levels who share the goals to reduce ocean plastic pollution through prevention, innovation, education, science and action based clean-up efforts.
Michael Brown was the Founder of Packaging2.0 and Mission2.Ocean. He passed away on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, after a ten year dauntless ‘dance’ with cancer. Michael was a successful and intrepid entrepreneur. He did something that few people on this planet ever achieve or even know is there to be achieved. He managed to align his business… packaging, with a deep sense of accountability for how we treat our planet and its stewardship, with his passion of the ocean: sailing, boating, floating and frolicking. He did this with total authenticity, not easy when you are in packaging. He created such awareness to everyone around him on those three fronts… that to enjoy life, be responsible and to make a living need not be rationalized into separate buckets… they are and should be tied together. We will never walk down a beach without gathering a hand full of balloons and other debris, or not check the plastics we throw away, or sail without a bit of Michael reminding us to look up at the tell-tails but catch that bag going by.
Michael’s passion for the environment, in particular plastic pollution in our oceans, and his determination to cause change by educating about recycling, technology, and research led to his involvement with organizations such as 5 Gyres, Rozalia Project, and locally Clean Ocean Access and the Jamestown Conservation Commission, on which he served.
Chad Smith – Sales
Chad has been involved in sustainable consumer packaging since 2004, in a variety of executive roles for both food brands and packaging manufacturers. A lifelong resident of Northern California, he currently lives with his family in Petaluma, CA.
Mattie Fails – Customer Service
Mattie has a BA from Salve Regina University and possesses strong accounting skills. Her initial achievements include an enhanced inventory management system and paperless office. Upon completing college she participated in a Semester long voyage with S.EA. which included plastic pollution research to help expand her understanding and stewardship of the oceans.