John Bissell, 28, Cofounder, Micromidas

John Bissell. Top 30 Under 30.

Micromidas aims to turn trash into plastic. Founder Bissell invented a way to take waste material high in cellulose, like rice hulls, sawdust or cardboard and transform it into paraxylene, the primary feedstock for making polyester and plastic bottles. Chemical companies currently make paraxylene out of crude oil. Bissell has raised $25 million to build a pilot plant in Sacramento, Calif.

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