Lara Ilao is the Founder and Owner of Plastic Tree, a climate positive waste management company that collects for REUSE based in Washington, D.C. A lifelong environmentalist, she founded Plastic Tree in 2019, after a 12-year career in emergency management law, because she wanted to make going zero-waste easy and accessible while meeting local supply chain needs for packaging and materials. She currently serves as Chair of the Leaders in Energy, D.C. Circular Economy Working Group (CEWG). She also serves as a mentor with the Global Co-Lab Network. She holds a BA in Political Science from Goucher College.
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