Founder of Pollima
Ardilla is focused on creating new systems of production and consumption. Growing up in Kentucky as an environmentalist, organizing against mountaintop removal, she learned how to negotiate. With gratitude for her lessons in verbal communication she became a designer focused on popularizing sustainable, local materials to create the change she wanted to see.
After decades of gazing at her grandmother’s 1960’s lacquered post card from the redwoods, she now lives in California. With the redwoods as her guides, Ardilla started Pollima to strengthen the use of innovative materials made from waste and biology. She believes that the more materials we can use from the waste stream, the more greenhouse gases are saved and the more ancient forests are saved.
Ardilla always begs us to ask two questions to increase sustainability in our lives : “Where did this come from?” and “Where is this going?”