VENVIROTECH: Using Bacteria To Turn Food Waste Into Bioplastic.

13. April 2023 | Material, Waste | via

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Bioplastics made by bacteria (Credit: VEnvirotech)

Spanish biotech company VEnvirotech produces bioplastic by feeding organic food waste, such as eggshells and potato pulp to a unique strain of bacteria. The microbes break down the waste into fatty acids, which then can be placed in a bioreactor to produce base bioplastics, such as PHA as well as other bioplastics like PLA in varying blends for specific applications. “PHA is extremely versatile. It can be shaped using a 3D printer into products from mobile phone casings to medical implants. This bioplastic is ‘biocompatible’, which means it doesn’t cause a reaction in the body; when it’s no longer needed, it can be safely broken down again.”, World Economic Forum explains in their post on VEnvirotech bioplastics are focused on 3 main plastic technologies; 3D printing, injection molding, and flexible films. Each bioplastic formulation is tailored to achieve the rheological and thermomechanical parameters required for optimal processing using targeted technology.

VEnvirotech transforms organic waste into bioplastics