RESEARCH: Bacteria could turn your table waste into bioplastics.

15. November 2018 | Plastics | via Chemarc.com

CEO and founder Luna Yu (Credit: Don Campbell)

 

Soon your table scraps could turn from trash to plastic bottles, medical equipment or 3D-printing filament. An article on chemarc.com states that one Canadian small business is using clean technology to turn carbon-packed food waste into biodegradable plastic. Founded in 2016, Genecis Bioindustries Inc. is a biotechnology company that uses “recipes of bacteria” to turn food waste into polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs), a high-quality bioplastic.

Manufacturers can use bioplastic – which includes bio-based and biodegradable plastic – to create everything from sustainable single-use foodware and packaging to 3D-printing filaments, the moldable plastic needed for the printing process.