Glass Half Full is “reimagining recycling as an inclusive movement to build community and benefit our planet” by recycling New Orleans’ glass into sand and gravel to be used in disaster relief, new glass products, eco-construction, art, gardening, research for coastal restoration, and more.
Franziska Trautmann, a Louisiana native, graduated with honors from Tulane University with her degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. She combined her love for the environment and science in order to found and grow Glass Half Full alongside Max Steitz in the spring of 2020. As the engineer of the team, she is able to problem solve when issues arise regarding machinery, process development, and research. She also prides herself on keeping up with Glass Half Full’s social media network of over 260,000 people from around the world. While running Glass Half Full, Franziska was recognized in Gambit’s 40 under 40 and featured on Mike Rowe’s reality show, Returning the Favor, and even the National Weather Channel with Jim Cantore.