We are a team of engineers and designers who want to make a change.
We initially met during the IDE Master’s program at the Royal College of Art and Imperial College in London. This is where Polyfloss was born, back in 2012. For more than 6 years, we developed our technology and used it for educational workshops, exhibitions and tests.
In 2018, we teamed up with several NGOs to explore the potential of the technology in humanitarian and development contexts. From there, we understood the potential of our machine, not only in terms of ecology but also to support livelihood programs and carbon reduction in places that matter most.
Meet The Team
Christophe is our technology lead. He makes things work. He was trained as an engineer and designer and developed a whole lot of machines and technologies for different clients.
Audrey is our project and operation manager. She is the heart of Polyfloss. She initially trained in fashion and since then has been senior designer in several companies and is also teaching at Imperial College London.
Joel travels all over the world to instal and develop the projects on site. Trained as an Industrial designer and engineer, product development has no secret for him.
Carla is our in-house designer. They work on various parts of the projects, such as product developement, graphic design and visual communication. They were trained as a product designer and have experience as an illustrator.
Emile De Vischer
Emile is our research and development lead, as well as strategy leader. He knows something about materials. He obtained a PhD and worked in various research labs, as well as developed several new materials.
Nick is our scaling and design lead. He thinks big. He was trained as an industrial designer and setup several companies supporting design for production projects.
Cristobal Romo Alvarez
Cristobal is our in-house engineer. He is a skillful engineer who masters both CAD softwares and CAF machining. He works on the development and production of the machines, and knows them from top to bottom.
Karl Samba Elumbu
Karl is a skilled technician and currently apprentice in engineering for production and maintenance. He supports machine production, supply chain and development.
Clara is an apprentice in product design and project implementation. She supports the company in many different aspects, ranging from field operations to waste plastic identification.
Degree Show Machine
First fully assembled Polyfloss machine, this version was working on hot air pulsing systems.
First stable bench machine, this experiment allowed us to start reliable production of floss and our first batch of product design.
Bench machine which proved the principle. We could use centrifugation to make waste plastic fibers !
Hands on bricolage was the start of the project. We built a first prototype with a cut aluminum can and some torch found in the workshop.
Ely is a horizontal-version with electrical pre-heating technology, control panels and improved throughput. It is our fastest and most reliable machine.
Oslo is an improved Rafale machine with different head design, simplifying manufacture.
Inferno is a bespoke machine created in Madagascar with local tools and parts. It works on gaz burners and bike belt systems.
Rafale is a small gaz powered machine creating our finest fibers and has proven to be very stable and easy to maintain.
Tornado is our biggest vertical machine. It was designed for educational purposes, and has an inbuilt extraction system to be used indoors.