Marcus Curry is a college student and developer of WraPicK, a sustainability education catalyst whose goal is to reduce environmental footprint, enhance organic waste diversion, and provide compostable dining solutions.
Mr. Curry’s Story:
Sustainability Works, When We Work Together! In 2018, I was granted the opportunity to complete an internship as a Director of Operations for a thrill park in SC. During this internship, I became aware of the excessive amount of single-use plastics being landfilled & the amount of daily food waste. As the internship ended, I began researching sustainability and really digesting the pillars (Economical, Environmental, Social). As a result, I not only developed a patent pending cutlery kit, but via networking & teams, we have designed and implemented a sustainability initiative called: Project Point of Purchase.
Project Point of Purchase is a sustainability initiative that educates consumers, businesses, and users that the most impactful environmental decision is at the point of purchase and not the point of disposal. So far, we have the City of Clemson, Clemson University and the State of New Jersey that have adopted. Included in Project Point of Purchase is also our Erase Waste Campaign. Erase Waste Campaign is a campaign that primarily focuses on single-use plastic reduction and food waste recovery. Erase waste encourages businesses and users to utilize alternatives such as compostables or reusables and implement a food waste organic waste diversion system.
Thus far we have diverted more than 800 tons of food waste to sift and create an office of sustainability to coordinate various programs. As I am completing my Senior Year at Clemson University (Packaging Science BS), we have launched an Office of Sustainability as a yielded result of all the actions above. Currently these initiatives have been noticed and adopted by organizations at Clemson University, City of Clemson, Merchants, and New Jersey.
Describe the most significant influence that led you to your line of work
The most significance influence that led to my line of work was my experience in logistics, the Director of Operations, and the passion for sustainability.
What do your family, friends and colleagues say about your accomplishments?
My family, friends, and colleagues love the accomplishments that we have seen thus far. Experiencing the process from start to now is something people always seem to love to talk about, always ending with action items for the next steps. I am extremely grateful the support group who have been dedicated and committed since day 1.
Tell us about something that made you grow the most as a leader
Being a captain of the Clemson University Baseball Team & A Member of Omega Psi Phi, Fraternity, Inc have really contributed to the growth as a leader outside of the upbringing from my mother & father.
Share your ideas for mentoring the professional development of young entrepreneurs
We have developed a 12 month curriculum that focuses on developing kids from the age of 8 to the age of 18. Through this curriculum a non-profit was formed, Beyond Excellence 356, which is driven by impacting lives through service.
To date, what project is your greatest success? What is the story behind that innovation?
To date, I believe Project Point of Purchase is one of the greatest achievements because it encompasses the entire umbrella of sustainability. The 3 pillars of sustainability are economical, environmental, and social which allow us to make a positive impact in every aspect of life. Project PoP has goals, clear deliverables, and engagement that allow us to work seamlessly together while being separated. Sustainability Works, When We Work Together!