The world has a t-shirt problem.
You probably have 27 of them tucked inside your dresser, and they’re probably made from cotton, polyester, or a blend of the two.
Both materials are problematic because they harm our planet.
Let’s look at the cotton t-shirt. Cotton is a a natural fiber, a biopolymer even, but cotton is also a very thirsty crop. One pound of cotton (approximate amount needed for one tee) requires 800 gallons of water to produce. …
Modern Love: Falling for Space Tech
By DeLaine Mayer
My image of space tech changed when I laid eyes on Bob and Doug. They were the sleekest American-boy sci-fi duo I’d ever seen. Impeccable space suits, helmets shined to perfection, visors which caught the reflection of a light that framed their faces in space hero glory. If Doug is smirking in this picture like I think he is, it’s because he knew how cool he looked.
They were otherworldly.
Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) is our bread and butter, and we produce PHA through green engineering, using food waste like bread crust and oil.
As more Fortune 500 companies are committing to plastic reduction in the coming years, bioplastics, and especially PHA, are generating interest as an alternative to petroleum-based plastic.
But what is PHA? And why are people only talking about it now?
Mother Nature’s microorganisms have been producing PHA granules well before the 1980s when scientists first discovered the capabilities of PHA as a plastic alternative. …
And how ours is different
I’m typing “are bioplastics sustainable?” into my search engine, Ecosia. The top hits include a slurry of criticisms of bioplastics. As I read through the articles, it’s clear that bioplastic’s feedstocks are a huge problem. Do the negative effects of deforestation and land use make these products worse for the environment than petroleum-based plastics? Is the bioplastic industry just a new form of greenwashing to make consumers feel better about their single-use plastics?
Over the past several decades, the oil and gas companies that manufacture plastics have promoted recycling to prevent plastic bans, as they…
We’re a biotech company converting organic waste into bioplastics