Social Entrepreneur Creates A Plastic-Free Substitute For Everything From Leather To Latex

Zimri Henshaw graduated high school six years ago with his heart set on becoming a designer of jackets made from leather alternatives. Not long after, he decided better would be forming a business to sell that petrochemical-free material to fashion brands.

But after starting his biotech company Bucha Bio in 2019 in his dorm room, he hit on a bigger goal: Developing a plant-based, sustainable, customizable material that can be used instead of everything from leather to latex, selling it to car manufacturers, interior design companies and fashion brands, among others. He’s now an old man of 22.

Henshaw was a military brat, growing up all over the

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