A Better Approach to Plastics

Benefiting society, the economy, and our planet

Full Cycle tackles plastic pollution and climate change by transforming organic matter into a compostable alternative to oil-based plastics

Plastic pollution and greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste are two of the most critical environmental challenges facing the planet. Virtually all plastic ever produced still exists, and almost one-third of plastic consumed each year directly pollutes our land, oceans, and food chain. Organic waste is the third largest man-made generator of greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change and global warming.

Full Cycle’s Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic can be the answer to these problems.

Full Cycle PHA is produced naturally by bacteria using mixed organic waste as raw material. It can replace a wide range of synthetic plastics, yet it is compostable and marine degradable once its useful life is over. It is also cost-competitive with fossil-fuel based alternatives, creating the potential for widespread adoption and scale in both developed and emerging markets. The Full Cycle solution mitigates greenhouse gas emissions, reduces plastic pollution and toxicity effects on land and in the ocean, and sustainably moves the economy towards Circularity. Change the world with us!

Superior PHA Bioplastic

  • Full Cycle PHA is 1:1 price-competitive with traditional, synthetic oil-based plastics
  • Full Cycle technology uses organic waste as raw material, which is readily available, low cost, with no arable land, expensive cultivation, or food crops
  • Full Cycle technology uses non-GMO bacteria, suitable for co-location and non-sterile, industrial operating environments
  • Full Cycle PHA is naturally occurring, compostable, marine-degradable, and food-contact safe
  • Full Cycle technology takes heterogeneous waste inputs and produces consistent polymer outputs
  • After use, organic PHA becomes raw material that can be upcycled again into virgin PHA

Full Cycle replaces traditional “take-make-dispose” consumption cycles with a superior Circular Economy solution

Full Cycle’s circular approach improves waste industry profitability, enables regenerative upcycling of a compostable material, and gives consumers a choice in sustainable packaging material.

Who We Are

Andrew R. Falcon

Chief Executive Officer

Ian DeWeerdt

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Anderson

Chief Operating Officer

Dane Anderson

Chief Technology Officer

Ross W. Polk

Business Development

 

 

 

Awards & Recognition

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Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Materials Challenge Winner

Closed Loop Foundation Grantee

OPEN IDEO Food Waste Challenge Top Idea

Sustainable Brands Innovation Open Finalist

SEA Award Grand Prize Winner

FMI Sustainability Startup Challenge Winner

Think Beyond Plastic Most Innovative Company 2016

SXSW Eco Top Startup

FAQs

What happens and the end of life of your bio-plastic?

When PHA is discarded, it will biodegrade. How fast it biodegrades depends on how many bacteria can get to it. In environments with large amounts of bacteria (e.g. compost rows), it can degrade in a month. In a clean and stable environment, like  a store shelf, it can be kept for years.

What types of waste can you turn into bio-plastic?

Full Cycle can convert any organic waste into PHA. This includes unrecyclable food waste, agricultural residues, and green waste. Anything that can normally go into a compost row or an anaerobic digester can be converted to PHA! This does not include petroleum based plastics, because they are not organically based.

Full Cycle can also convert dirty, unrecyclable cellulosic material such a unrecyclable paper or cardboard.

How can I contribute to your effort?

Full Cycle accepts donations using Patreon. Your support is greatly appreciated. See also the FAQ below about investment inquiries from accredited investors.

 

 

How degradable is your bio-plastic?

PHA is home compostable, industrially compostable, and marine degradable, all while being shelf stable for years!

Will your bio-plastic degrade on the shelf?

No! Our PHA is shelf stable and only degrades in environments that contain bacteria.

How recyclable is your bio-plastic?

Like most bio-plastics, our PHA is not recyclable with other oil-based plastics, and should not be thrown in the traditional plastic recycling stream (blue bin). Instead, our PHA is UP-Cycleable. When our PHA is thrown into the organics/food waste/green waste stream (green bin in most places), it can be taken to a Full Cycle facility, broken down and remade into virgin PHA, just like the other organic waste.

When can I buy your bio-plastic?

Full Cycle Bioplastics is on the path to producing PHA at large enough scale to sell into the commercial markets. We are currently working with strategic partners to scale up our technology so we can all enjoy this sustainable material!

Who currently use your bio-plastic?

As of November 2017, Full Cycle Bioplastics is on the path to producing PHA at large enough scale to sell into the commercial markets. We are currently working with strategic partners to scale up our technology so we can all enjoy this sustainable material!

How can I get a sample of your bio-plastic?

While, as of November 2017, we are producing material, we are currently using it for product development efforts with strategic partners and do not have material available for general distribution.  If you are interested in becoming a development partner, please contact us.

Can I invest in Full Cycle Bioplastics?

As of November 2017, Full Cycle is currently raising capital. Please note that we can only accept investments from accredited investors, as defined by the US Securities and Exchange Commission. If you would like to learn more please email Full Cycle’s Chief Financial Officer – ian@fullcyclebioplastics.com

Full Cycle Bioplastics is a privately held company and does not have publicly traded stock available for purchase.

How can I develop using Full Cycle Bioplastics’ PHA?

We are always interested in working with product development partners. If you or your company have development capacity and equipment, feel free to reach out to us via email at info@fullcyclebioplastics.com.

How can I help Full Cycle Bioplastics?

Full Cycle appreciates your support! The best way to help is to spread the message and help tell the big companies that use plastics for disposable applications to use sustainable materials, like Full Cycle’s PHA!

The biggest hurdle to getting Full Cycle PHA into the market is the time and money it takes to scale this amazing technology. While Full Cycle is a for-profit company, we have received a good deal of interest in donating to help accelerate our pace to market. With that in mind, we have set up a Patreon page that can accept gifts, and they are all very much appreciated!

When is Full Cycle Bioplastics coming to my country?

As of November 2017, Full Cycle Bio-plastics is on the path to producing PHA at large enough scale to sell into the commercial markets. We are currently working with strategic partners to scale up our technology so we can all enjoy this sustainable material! Once we have our first commercial scale facility up and running, we will be licensing our technology worldwide!

Can I work for Full Cycle Bioplastics?

Full Cycle will be expanding rapidly over the next few years, and will be hiring for targeted positions. All new open positions will be posted on our website: www.fullcyclebioplastics.com, where we will be accepting applications for great candidates to join the Full Cycle team. While we appreciate general interest, we will not be accepting solicitations that are not linked to a specific job posted on the website.





 

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