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A few months ago, Dan Blake said he was fighting to secure a $250,000 loan for his small business. Now EcoScraps is one of 12 national winners of a $250,000 grant from the Mission: Small Business program through Chase Bank and LivingSocial.
Blake, co-founder and CEO, said it’s gratifying to be chosen from among the more than 70,000 national applicants and the selection validates the company’s hard work.
“This money allows us to grow EcoScraps and have a larger national footprint and be able to grow our environmental footprint, which is very exciting for a small company like ours,” Blake said.
The Provo-based company takes local food waste from grocery stores and shopping centers and composts it into sustainable soil products. With Americans throwing away more than 30 million tons of food waste every year, Blake said food waste is a growing problem in landfills and it lets off greenhouse gasses.
Not only would reducing or composting food waste cut down on the country’s carbon footprint, but Blake said EcoScraps allows people to then use that compost to grow plants in a healthier way.
The grant will go toward expanding the company from its current seven states into the Pacific Northwest, Texas and Florida, Blake said. The long-term plan for EcoScraps is to expand its footprint as well as to create new product lines like liquid compost and potting mixes, he said.
Blake said Utah isn’t known as a green state, but he hopes the grant will show people Utahns are more environmentally conscious than their reputation would suggest. “We’re coming up with sustainable solutions to large problems.”