Interview: Privacy on Demand, The World’s First Sustainable Solution to Cell Phone Surveillance

20140621232211-POD_Basic_InfoCan you tell us what’s special about your brand/business?
Privacy on Demand makes the worlds first sustainable fabric phone case that prevents the audio/visual and location tracking of cellular phones. It addresses concerns of various surveillance capabilities that governments and organizations have.

The fabrics used in the POD are hemp and bamboo. We chose hemp because it requires less than half the water of cotton, is 10x stronger than cotton of the same weight, and needs no pesticide regime. Bamboo was chosen as it also requires no pesticide regime, is a sustainable crop and the fastest growing industrial crop. In addition to being sustainable, both fabrics are hypoallergenic (baby safe) and antibacterial. Hemp is also resistant to antimicrobial staph bacteria.

What motivated you to start an eco-friendly business/brand?
Respecting the earth must be a foundation to all we do. There is a system, a natural economy that preserves life. It was imperative that we worked to stay in balance with the environment. I wanted materials and manufacturing that did not leave toxic bi products. The fabrics also sequester carbon instead of create more carbon as nylons and polymers would.

What green issues are you most passionate about?
I recently received my Masters in Regenerative Studies or sustainable practices, with a focus on Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Farms performance vs conventional Horizontal Axis Wind Turbines.  That said, it’s hard for me to separate one issue of sustainability from another, all the systems of the natural world I see as pieces of a whole. Petroleum use and industry effects food, waste is linked with water, which is linked with food.

A standout for me is the potential that sustainable technologies have to promote and build true independence in areas of energy, food, health, housing and more. It could really change the landscape for people who have been struggling with say no electricity, or paying high prices for fuel, struggling economies etc.

What advice would you have for other aspiring social and green entrepreneurs?
There is a lot to learn and a whole new way conducting business, sustainable practices are a timeless investment. Keep working towards your contribution and work with others to bolster your community and processes. I’ll leave you with a quote from the Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey,

There is no height you cannot climb, with the active intelligence of your mind.

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