Co-founder of La Foundary discusses the packaging industry’s potential future.


Shikhar Jung Shahi Thakuri, Melody Wu, Anh Van, David Sea, and others co-founded the startup La Foundry.

On November 30, Wu made her pitch to a live audience and VC judges at SmartCompany’s early-stage company competition, Pitch. The attendees in the room selected Wu as The People’s Choice winner.

The student team has created a sustainable packaging solution that produces an alternative to Styrofoam by feeding farm waste to mushroom mycelium.

Anh Van, the co-founder, provided clarification in an interview with SmartCompany.

The operation of La Foundry

All the leafy greens that fall to the ground are broken down by mushrooms and converted into nutrients for the soil.



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