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Community Highlights: Meet Ardilla Deneys of Pollima

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ardilla Deneys.

Hi Ardilla, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Every 3-5 years, stores like Victoria’s Secret throw away their interiors from every one of their stores worldwide. All that material sits in an ever-growing landfill either to never decompose or to slowly decompose knowing it could have been utilized for centuries longer.

When I graduated with an interior design degree, there was no way that I could work at a firm that was going to continue to furnish stores, hotels, homes, and restaurants with furniture made of toxins or that made a mockery of the durability of tree bodies (AKA: wood).

Instead, I continued my research into materials made from waste and biology to find a way to popularize non-toxic materials that would be used in a circular way, in which materials would not be wasted. I thought that creating a new material and a new product would use my skills to the fullest extent to create the biggest impact in the industry.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We are currently in the concept phase. The biggest struggle has been finding support for manufacturing in the United States. The machinery our material needs is hard to find in operation, and if it is, it is being used 24/7 by its owner. That is why I purchased my own hydraulic press and am learning the ins and outs of professions I’ve never had a chance to learn about before. In the end, I believe I will have a valuable asset for the community (the hydraulic press) that I am excited to share for more experimentation.

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
My company, Pollima, is a CO2 negative furniture company that is tree-free, waste-free, toxin-free, and made completely in the US. Pollima’s goal is to reduce deforestation and capture the carbon in hemp byproduct that would otherwise be discarded. By keeping the hemp byproduct from anaerobically digesting or being burned, we are keeping greenhouse emissions from entering the atmosphere. Whether it’s hemp, cannabis, or other plant leftovers, we can use it rather than forest products. In doing so, we are catalyzing a consumer paradigm shift governed by the principles of biodiversity. Also, I am currently looking for a co-founder with a background in manufacturing so that we can go further, faster!

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
We will first launch on IndieGoGo and can’t wait to announce the opening of those pre-sales at a future date! For now, the first step will be open houses to meet our hydraulic press, Presston. The biggest way to support Pollima right now is to sign up for our newsletter at and follow us on Instagram. (Every Monday Presston comments on current events. His humor and viewpoint are worth checking out!)

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