Dr. Shafali Gupta

Uuvipak is the world’s first circular packaging solution designed to replace single-time use plastics with upcycled organic food waste.

Dr. Shafali Gupta


In Queensland, we are addressing two major global issues concurrently, namely the pervasive problem of single-use plastics and the significant challenge of food waste. To tackle this, we have developed a range of eco-friendly products made from clean organic food waste that can replace single-use packaging, such as food containers and product packaging. Our innovative Uuvipak materials, which are currently pending patent, are fully compliant with government regulations and plastic bans, and are entirely sustainable since they can be composted at home and biodegrade naturally without leaving any harmful residue in the environment. Uuvipak align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 12, 13, 14 and 15, that recognise the impact of plastics, microplastics and pollution on the ecosystem.



Queensland is set to reap numerous benefits from our innovative Uuvipak materials. By using clean organic food waste to create 100% biodegradable, home compostable products, we're supporting the circular economy and reducing waste. This not only helps to minimize the amount of waste sent to landfill, but also generates a new, sustainable revenue stream for local businesses. As we work with some of the world's leading scientists at CSIRO and UQ, we're also driving cutting-edge research and development right here in Queensland, which has the potential to boost the state's reputation as a hub for sustainability innovation. Additionally, our products are free from harmful chemicals and additives, making them safe for people and the environment. When our Uuvipak materials biodegrade, they do not release any toxic substances, helping to protect Queensland's natural habitats and waterways from pollution. So not only are we tackling global challenges, but we're also creating local solutions that will benefit Queensland for years to come.

Queensland stands to gain numerous benefits from Uuvipak's innovative and sustainable approach to manufacturing. Our pilot manufacturing facility, which is located in Queensland, provides employment opportunities for local residents, contributing to the growth and development of the state's economy. By upcycling underutilised clean food waste and converting it into new materials, we're also helping to reduce waste and limit plastic contamination and pollution in Queensland's natural environment. This will lead to a cleaner, healthier state, with better air quality and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, particularly methane emissions from decomposing food waste in landfills. And, as our products naturally biodegrade when disposed of in landfills or compost bins, we're promoting a circular system that further supports sustainable waste management practices. By replacing 2 billion pieces of single-use plastics by 2030, we're also helping to reduce plastic pollution and promote a more sustainable future, not just for Queensland, but for the entire planet. Overall, Uuvipak is making a significant contribution to a cleaner, greener, and more prosperous future for Queensland and beyond.

Role Model

Growing up in a small town in India, opportunities can feel limited, and dreams can feel out of reach. But against all odds, I have persevered to achieve what many would have thought impossible. I have overcome every obstacle and challenge that life has thrown at me. If you had asked me 10 years ago if my current success was realistically achievable, I might have laughed and shrugged off the thought. However, through sheer determination, hard work, and a never-give-up attitude, I have achieved my dreams and more.

My turning point came when I was selected as a Junior Research Fellow at TIFR, one of the top research institutes in India. Under the guidance of Dr Ankona Datta, a highly accomplished scientist with a PhD from Princeton University and post-doctoral research experience at UC Berkeley, I was inspired in countless ways. Dr Datta was not only an exceptional scientist, but also the first working woman I had ever interacted with. She showed me what was possible and gave me the strength to pursue a career in science. Her success served as a guiding light, and I followed in her footsteps, pursuing my dreams with unwavering determination.

Today, I stand as a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work, perseverance, and the inspiration of a strong role model. From a small town in India to being recognized on a global stage, I am living proof that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance. Co-founding Uuvipak has been a challenging yet rewarding journey, and I am honoured to have been nominated as a finalist for the Global Talent Award, endorsed by the Australian Government. This recognition shows that anything is possible with dedication, passion, and a belief in oneself. I hope that my story inspires others, especially young girls from underprivileged backgrounds, to dream big and pursue their goals, no matter how big or small they may seem. My journey will be a reminder that anything is possible if you are determined and willing to work hard for it.



As an Indian origin woman, I understand firsthand the barriers and challenges that women face in my home country. Despite these challenges, I have dedicated my time and energy to promote the spirit of science and education in my community. Through my work with the TIFR Science Popularisation and Public Outreach Committee, I have encouraged students, educators, and the general public to engage in the basic sciences and stay up-to-date on the latest scientific developments.

But I didn't stop there. I also recognised the importance of education and took action to help young girls access it. I raised money to donate to orphanages, providing school supplies and computers to girls in need. These small acts of kindness can have a big impact on the lives of young girls who may not have had the same opportunities as others.

My hope is that my story will inspire other women in India to pursue their passions, no matter the challenges they may face. Together, we can break down the barriers and create a brighter future for the next generation.


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